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Captive: My Time as a Prisoner of the Taliban

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Jere Van Dyk was on the wrong side of the border. He and three Afghan guides had crossed into the tribal areas of Pakistan, where no Westerner had ventured for years, hoping to reach the home of a local chieftain by nightfall. But then a dozen armed men in black turbans appeared over the crest of a hill.

Captive is Van Dyk's searing account of his forty-five days in a Taliban prison, and it is gripping and terrifying in the tradition of the best prison literature. The main action takes place in a single room, cut off from the outside world, where Van Dyk feels he can trust nobody—not his jailers, not his guides (who he fears may have betrayed him), and certainly not the charismatic Taliban leader whose fleeting appearances carry the hope of redemption as well as the prospect of immediate, violent death.

Van Dyk went to the tribal areas to investigate the challenges facing America there. His story is of a deeper, more personal challenge, an unforgettable tale of human endurance.

About the Author

Jere Van Dyk is the author of In Afghanistan: An American Odyssey, an account of his travels with the mujahideen in the 1980s, during their struggle against the Soviet Union. Since then, he has covered stories all over the world, mainly for The New York Times, CBS News, and National Geographic, that have required him to visit places where few Western reporters had ventured before. He lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312573423
Author:
Van Dyk, Jere
Publisher:
Griffin
Author:
Jere Van Dyk
Subject:
Leadership
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
General-General
Subject:
Terrorism
Publication Date:
20110631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Includes one map
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.250 x 5.500 in

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History and Social Science » Asia » Afghanistan
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History and Social Science » Military » General History
History and Social Science » World History » Afghanistan and Pakistan
History and Social Science » World History » Asia » General
Religion » Comparative Religion » General
Science and Mathematics » Physics » General

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