Rope and a Prayer A Kidnapping from Two Sides

ISBN-10: 0670022233
ISBN-13: 9780670022236
Edition: 2010
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List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/30/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 384
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

The compelling and insightful account of a New York Timesreporter's abduction by the Taliban, and his wife's struggle to free him. Invited to an interview by a Taliban commander, New York Timesreporter David Rohde and two Afghan colleagues were kidnapped in November 2008 and spirited to the tribal areas of Pakistan. For the next seven months, they lived in an alternate reality, ruled by jihadists, in which paranoia, conspiracy theories, and shifting alliances abounded. Held in bustling towns, they found that Pakistan's powerful military turned a blind eye to a sprawling Taliban ministate that trained suicide bombers, plotted terrorist attacks, and helped shelter Osama bin Laden. In New York, David's wife of two months, Kristen Mulvihill, his family, and The New York Timesstruggled to navigate the labyrinth of issues that confront the relatives of hostages. Their methodical, Western approach made little impact on the complex mix of cruelty, irrationality, and criminality that characterizes the militant Islam espoused by David's captors. In the end, a stolen piece of rope and a prayer ended the captivity. The experience tested and strengthened Mulvihill and Rohde's relationship and exposed the failures of American effort in the region. The tale of those seven months is at once a love story and a reflection of the great cultural divide-and challenge-of our time.

Acknowledgments
Principal Characters, Organizations, and Places-Afghanistan and Pakistan
Principal Characters and Organizations-New York
Authors' Note
Chronology
Map
A Blood Message To Obama
�Fun Fearless Female�
Millions
Crash Course
The Emirate
The Taliban Call Collect
All Three of Us
Human Resources
Speak Good Words to An Enemy
Video Games
Futility
Multitasking
The Taliban Trust The Red Cross
Love Letters
Words and Pictures
A French Street Gang
Are You There?
My Funny Valentine
Golden Chance
Midnight
Gift From God
Peace Be Upon You
An Alternate Universe
A Goat Will Never Be a Cow
Birthday Wishes
Greeting Cards for The Mujahideen
A Stone Will Not Become Soft
The Girl With The Sad Story
Lies
Home Movies
Pashtunwali
Answered Prayers
The Glorious Islam
Gratitude
Intelligence
Feed The Beast
Return
Reunion
Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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