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Den of Lions

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  226 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
"Belongs on the shelf of classics about surviving degradation with dignity and even humor." Time
In March 1985, Terry Anderson was swept up in the violent conflict of a turbulent era. At the mercy of Shiite captors for nearly seven years, he lived in chains, wondering fearfully if each day would be his last. But his spirit soared beyond captivity, and he never gave up. Nor
Mass Market Paperback, 432 pages
Published October 31st 1994 by Ballantine Books (first published 1993)
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Associated Press journalist's memoir of seven years in captivity in Lebanon at the hands of Islamic Jihad. Anderson shares space here with the reflections of his Lebanese wife Madelaine who was six months pregnant when TA was abducted in March 1985. Also included in this book is background into government attempts to free the hostages including Iran Contra. But the core of this book is the horror, deprivation, boredom and frustration of captivity. Anderson bore it better than most. He spent much ...more
My mother bought me this book for Christmas about the time it came out. The author, who grew up outside of Buffalo, was in town for a signing. His sister was everywhere in the period of his captivity, so I have recollections of these events, particularly her seeking his release.

I liked the book. I’ve always been interested in the Lebanese civil war and the rise of Hezbollah. I’ve not read enough books on the history but have read several articles. While the point of the book is to relay one host
I hope that I am not the only person around who has actually bothered to read this book. I think that this is a very important book and deeply affecting. I remember the hostages, the long years of hostages in the middle east, the Iran-Contra scandal (although I really didn't understand what that was when it was happening). This book is Terry Anderson's story of his 7 years of captivity in Lebanon, held by Hezbollah, kidnapped while he was Chief Middle East Correspondent of the Associated Press ...more
Mar 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's interesting how much of an impact people have on my choice of books. As some of you may recall, Nolan reviewed "Den of Lions," by Terry a. Anderson (DB 37321) some time ago. And, of course, he did so in such a way that I felt that I just had to download it even though it's probably not something I would have chosen to read myself. When I found it on my sD card early this week, I seriously considered deleting it. After all, I remembered the basic story from hearing it on the news, I really w ...more
(3.5) Required read for my journalism class. Very sad and long, the hostage doesn't escape til the very last page, but it was still interesting.
Jun 22, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
Seven years ago, I graduated from high school. It seems like yesterday, but also a different lifetime. I cannot even begin to imagine what it would be like to be chained to a wall in the dirt and blindfolded, eating garbage and wearing the same outfit for that entire time. Whoa.

I couldn't get enough of Anderson's descriptions of his habitat and daily routines. Even though it was more or less the same thing for him every day for the seven years he was hostage, each time he explained it he blew my
Aug 10, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I ordered this book from the library after reading a New Yorker article about the effects of solitary confinement on people. This book was really depressing, but it was also really interesting. I didn't read the whole thing, I kind of skipped around. Here are some of my favorite parts:
"It's surprising what you can remember when you have nothing to do but remember. At first, the mind is a blank. Jesus, I always thought I was smart. Where are all the things I learned, the books I read, the poems
I read this in 1994. I was fascinated by how each of the hostages responded to their captivity. In particular, Terry Anderson's experience was dramatically different from Terry Waite's (Taken on Trust, 1993). This was not all because of their captors or conditions, but due to their choices about how to live. During times when they were housed with others, Terry Anderson actively engaged with his fellow captives by being as social as possible, while Terry Waite (after 4 years in solitary confinem ...more
Christian Engler
Terry Anderson's Den of Lions is a den of insights into the radical bi-polar terrorist mentality in which he was trapped for over seven years. His descriptions of the bombings, shootings and random daily violence that permeated around the non-citizens and the citizens of Lebanon, make this a classic Middle East hostage survivor's story. Anderson's poems of his cruel incarceration are filled with searing depth that transport you to the various scummy basement cells which he shared with other West ...more
Charlotta Norby
I didn't finish this book. Somehow it just didn't grab me. I'd been wanting to read it for years, and I think my expectations had just grown too great. Maybe it had also been too long since the actual events, that it didn't seem real. The writing was choppy and sloppy. The writer often assumed too much back ground information by the reader, which at least in the case of this reader at this point in time, was not accurate.
I also didn't like the randomly interspersed chapters written by Anderson's
Aug 21, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of American journalist Terry Anderson who was kidnapped by Islamic militants while working the Beirut bureau of the Associated Press in 1985. He spent almost seven years in captivity, at times joined by other hostages and at times alone. It is a harrowing and incredible story that forces the reader to contemplate what he/she would do in the same situation. It also shows how Anderson kept his wits and his hopes throughout his ordeal, and places a human face (that of the hostages ...more
Suzie Quint
Oct 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
I happened to catch the live broadcast of Terry Anderson's first press conference after his release. I was so impressed with how high his spirits were and how functional he seemed after so long in captivity (for those who don't know, he was kidnapped in Beruit in 1985 and held hostage for 7 years.) While the book doesn't quite capture the spirit he showed in that press conference, it still well worth reading, and forces the question "how would I do in such circumstances?"
Jun 16, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Moving tale of a tough, courageous man’s 2,454 days in captivity as a hostage in Lebanon. The book highlights the damaging effect of solitary confinement as well as the difficulty of coping even when blessed with the company of fellow hostages. Interesting to read about Hezbollah in the 1980s, and even Imad Mugniyeh gets mentioned. The book also makes one think of Gilad Shalit, held in solitary since June 25th 2006.
Lara Deppe
Jan 22, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is the memoirs of Terry Anderson while he was a prisoner for 7 years. It was very fascinating! He kept what journals and poetry he could during that time and had to keep them hidden from the guards. I find myself taking this book off the shelf and reading parts of it over and over again. I think his experience and survival our tributes to the human spirit and its endurance.
Nov 18, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just read Terry Anderson's book Den of Lions. Learned a lot about the hostage crisis. Plus, he was very candid - it was as though I was reading his diary. I was upset at the ending when he didn't mention his sister.
Tom Olmsted
Jul 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was living in Africa when Terry was taken and befriended many Lebanese who were there escaping the civil war. They hated what the outsiders did to their country. They were friendly and compassionate people. Had to read this since Terry is at UF.
Tom Hartmann
Oct 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I though this book was fantastic. I met Terry Anderson at Rochester Institute of Technology back in 1993 when he gave a speech. He autographed my book.
Feb 21, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
extra ordinary story by a man tested to his limits and survived. Really thought provoking and powerful.
Mary Beth
Apr 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy crap, what this guy went through. A fantastic read ... why haven't then made a movie?
Donna Kubiak
Aug 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Terry exhibits a lot of courage under terrible circumstances.
Lynn Guy Tyger
Jan 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incredible story of courage
Jan 12, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book soon after it was published. I even went to a book signing. I need to reread it given todays current events! No American would last 7 years as a prisoner in this day in time.
Mar 14, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I read this book many years ago, but was inspired by this story of Terry Anderson and his experiences as a hostage in the middle east. Ultimately he was left with a "deeper,stronger faith in God."
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