A Portrait of the Bombers as Young Men

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The Rolling Stone article “Jahar’s World,” which peered into the life of the Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, has been lauded as one of the best longreads of the year. Now the Boston Globe has put out its own longread on the subject: “The Fall of the House of Tsarnaev.”

The piece excavates not only Dzhokhar’s past but also his brother Tamerlan’s (though it calls into question the notion that Tamerlan was the unilateral ringleader).

It’s a damning but empathetic portrait of “the two young men accused in the greatest act of terrorism in Boston history and the deeply dysfunctional family that produced them.”


Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →