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Boston Strong: A City's Triumph Over Tragedy

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  290 ratings  ·  42 reviews
Veteran journalists Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge have written the definitive inside look at the Boston Marathon bombings with a unique, Boston-based account of the events that riveted the world. From the Tsarnaev brothers’ years leading up to the act of terror to the bomb scene itself (which both authors witnessed first-hand within minutes of the blast), from the terrifyin ...more
Paperback, 262 pages
Published February 3rd 2015 by ForeEdge (first published December 11th 2014)
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Aug 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
Not very in depth, and no critical-thinking investigative journalism that I would expect in a full-length book on such a topic. As I'd just read Columbine, this suffered by comparison. But the victim's stories are sad, and it was readable.
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received this book free in exchange for a honest review.

[Boston Strong] by [Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge] was a very well told account of the events leading to, during and after the Boston Marathon bombing. As I finished this book the surviving bomber is just going to trial so the whole thing is a bit surrealistic. I am used to reading about disasters and horrific events but usually long after they have occurred. i don't expect to see them on my news feed.

I believe the authors did a great job
Apr 17, 2015 rated it liked it
Thank you to ForeEdge and the authors, Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge, for this copy of Boston Strong. Thanks also to goodreads for the First Read program.

Well written and researched, the authors take you through the lives of all those most closely involved in the Boston Marathon bombing. Perhaps a little too much background on all the players, and I thought a little too much patriotism and devotion to Boston by some of the characters. A little more concentration on the core group affected was wha
Feb 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of "Boston Strong: A City's Triumph over Tragedy" by Casey Sherman & Dave Wedge through the LT Early Reviewer's program. It is a really excellent piece of journalism.

As a former Bostonian, it was probably too soon for me to read a book about the horrific bombing of the marathon. I felt like the book put me through an emotional wringer.

Sherman and Wedge did a great job capturing the events leading up to the marathon bombing, the aftermath and the feeling in the city as time
Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
A riveting look at the Boston Marathon bombings and how the victims and city of Boston recovered and came together. Even though I was glued to the news as this unfolded, there were details I learned in the book and more about the bombers' background. The acts of heroism on the part of first responders and civilians are inspiring. #bostonstrong
Lisa Clarke
Feb 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
EVERY Bostonian needs to read this book! A lot I didn't realize.
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
On my flight to Rome - September 21st - I watched the movie Patriots Day (holding back tears) and the woman next to me was was watching a comedy and laughing and laughing. I remember being at Kings Grocery Store in Hoboken and looking up at the television to see/hear that there had been a bombing at the Boston Marathon. I'm originally from the Boston area and had watched the Boston Marathon as a child and an adult - I knew it did not look good. Unfortunately, with many of the mass shootings, whe ...more
Sandra Kraemer
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Awesome story of the survivors and the first responders, including civilians . While I was reading this book the DEADLY Las Vegas shooting on October 1, 2017 occured. It seemed to make the stories in this book more profound, or stand out more( I was actually reading about Jason Aldean in this book as unknown to me, the Las Vegas horrific shooting was occuring). So many people in this Boston Marathon terrorist attack made the most out of the worse. I had not recalled until I read this book that t ...more
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very readable, emotional book about the terrorist bombing at the 2013 Boston Marathon. The authors provide a detailed accounting of events leading up to, during, and after the attack. I often found myself in tears as I read how the event impacted both victims and first responders. Finally, reading about how the police, politicians, and citizens of Boston (and other cities) responded to this incident, both immediately and long-term, was nothing short of inspirational. This may not be the kind of ...more
Apr 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, audiobook
It was interesting to hear how people at the marathon were able to persevere and overcome tragedy.

I only had 2 minor complaints about the book: 1) it was a little difficult to keep track of the different people as the book jumped around from person to person. and 2) there were at least 3 mentions of the fact that the two planes that flew in into the WTC on 9-11 had taken off from Logan airport. Maybe that fact was remembered by 3 different people featured in the book but otherwise it was redund
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
All I can say is wow. The authors did a lot of research to bring this to print. Through this writing you come to know victims and first responders of that awful day in Boston. It is told with respect.
Don Willits
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A riveting account

Couldn’t put it down, as much as I enjoyed the movie, I knew it had been adapted to focus more on the star rather than the story. This is the story and the movie pales by comparison.
May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I thought this was a very interesting and well researched book. I fought back tears during so many parts of this book but I am glad that I am a little better able to understand the horror these people went though.
Caroline Craig
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This book was extremely heavy and I didn't think I would have such a visceral reaction to it. The stories of the survivors, the victims, and the law enforcement were incredible and the manhunt text kept me captivated. I definitely learned new things.
Aug 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: real-life
This is a book that needed more photos and maps. While there are many interesting facts, there should have been a bit more depth. A general overview of the Marathon bombings.
Stephanie Hutabarat
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
It is make me scarry with this story. I am never visit US but i am a marathoner myself. I am prepare to do marathon this year in Berlin and to be honest this story make me doubt to join the event. We can not predict what will happened in our lives, everything can happened in 1 sec. Jesus, i hope the God bless and give strength to all the victims of this tragedy. 4 stars for this book.
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book brought memories of that terrible tragedy. It was very informative and detailed both of the bombers and the survivors. I really enjoyed the authors perspective.
Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read this book because I saw the movie Patriots Day and was interested in the full story. Very engaging and easy to follow for a complicated set of circumstances.
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-books
I'm glad I read this!
John Paul
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love this book a ton good job on makeing this book
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
I found this to be a very riveting book. The authors made you feel like you were standing right there in the midst of the terrifying and chaotic scene that unfolded seconds after each bomb exploded, as well as, the firefight between police and the bombing suspects days later. Readers were introduced to some of the injured and first responders at the beginning of the book and followed them through their lives before, during, and after the Boston Marathon Bombings. These stories help put a human p ...more
irene loussedes
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I chose the rating because it was very accurate. I found it very sad but being from north of Boston also I was very proud of the way the people of Boston were Boston strong.
Well-put-together look at the events of the 2013 Boston Marathon, though I'm not sure I could really say what separates it from, for example, Long Mile Home, beyond that different people's stories are highlighted. I am curious about how stories were chosen for this book and similar ones, books about events (not only the Boston Marathon bombing) involving large numbers of casualties... Do the writers choose who to highlight based on how well known the person's story already is, how well it isn't, ...more
Jul 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 is something I will never forget. So many people were left with life altering injuries. The authors take an in-depth look at the events of that day from the perspectives of those spectators. They also illustrate how long this horrific bombing was planned.

This book is excellent. I picked it up in April at a local road race when Dave Wedge was signing copies. I just hadn't gotten around to reading it. So it turned out to be a perfect pick for my reading challen
Jan 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a vivid account of the Boston Marathon bombing. It brought me back to those few days and the powerful impact it had on this city. Even though I know what happened, I was so caught up in the story, I couldn't put the book down! A total page turner. I learned details I didn't know, and I remembered how terrifying it felt to shelter in place, and how it felt to feel vulnerable on the streets of Boston. Many thanks to Casey and Dave for documenting the story of the victims, survivors, the po ...more
Sep 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
First responders and civilians alike were heroes that day. The fact that the scene was cleared in 22 minutes and so many people ran towards the chaos rather than away saved a lot of lives that day. It was also great to get to know the personal stories of individuals at the center of this story - victims, cops, politicians, etc. This is one of those events where you will always remember where you were when it happened, when the shootout in Watertown happened, where you 'sheltered in place,' when ...more
Aaron Lopez
Feb 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Boston Strong comprehensively describes the Boston Marathon bombings of 2013. The victims, suspects and leaders are profiled. The actual event is looked into and heroes step in to help the victims.

I like how key people are profiled and out of tragedy a city and its people remain strong. I would recommend this book for anyone wanting to learn in detail about the Boston Marathon bombings and all those affected. A well written book.

I received an advanced readers copy of this book for free in excha
Vicky Hunt
Feb 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
A book that does a decent job of covering the tragedy from a true Bostonion perspective. I read it via whisper sync with the Kindle & Audible editions, and have to say that unless you speak with a Boston accent yourself, Audible is the way to go with this book. The narrator was perfect.
The author's perspective was possibly the politically correct perspective, and certainly different. Other than that, be prepared for the new rewriting of our phraseology that exists in this age of rewriting hi
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
After reading Boston Strong, I not only wanted to cry for the victims of this horrific tragedy but I also felt inspired to be a better person. Finding out all the details of that week almost 2 years ago left me feeling shocked and saddened. I could not put the book down, it read like a novel you did not want to let go. The writing was superb and I would highly recommend this to not only the people of Boston but all over our country and beyond..Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge are master writers at t ...more
Caitlin Pellegrino
Apr 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was an extremely emotional read for me. I was not there that fateful day nor did I know anyone who was hurt or injured. But reading about the kindness in people's hearts brought me to tears so many times while reading. It shows a lot about the human spirit when faced with tragedy like this and yet people still help others. Way to show the terrorists can't win! We are and always will be "Boston Strong".
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Casey Sherman made international headlines in 2001 with his re-investigation of the notorious Boston Strangler case. His crusade for the truth was chronicled in his best-selling true crime thriller, A Rose for Mary.
Sherman followed it up with his first novel, the action-packed adventure, Black Irish which also became a best-seller. The sequel to Black Irish called Black Dragon has just been releas