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This photo provided by the Federal Public Defender Office and presented as evidence during the penalty phase in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Boston, shows his late brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev at an unknown location. (Federal Public Defender Office/AP)
This photo provided by the Federal Public Defender Office and presented as evidence during the penalty phase in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Boston, shows his late brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev at an unknown location. (Federal Public Defender Office/AP)
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In federal court this week, defense attorneys for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have been arguing that Dzhokhar followed the lead of his increasingly militant older brother, Tamerlan, when the two placed bombs among spectators at the 2013 Boston Marathon.

The real story is more complicated, layered with the history of these two brothers, their family's upheaval, their Chechen ancestry and hopes for a new life in the United States.

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Masha Gessen, journalist and author. Her latest book is "The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy." She tweets @mashagessen.

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The New York Times: ‘The Brothers,’ Masha Gessen’s Book About The Boston Marathon Bombers

  • "There is no episode more disturbing and disruptive in Boston’s history than the April 15, 2013, bombing that killed three and injured more than 260 — including 16 who lost limbs. It was followed by a violent, chaotic escape attempt during which an M.I.T. police officer was killed, an exhaustive manhunt took place and the governor ordered those in greater Boston to 'shelter in place.'"

This segment aired on April 29, 2015.

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