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A Rope and a Prayer by David Rohde
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Aug 25, 2011

really liked it

Excellent insight into a journalist's kidnapping by a Taliban faction in Afghanistan and the tribal villages of Pakistan. Rohde provides information about his side of the ordeal while Mulvihill (his wife) details the lengths to which she and their family went in order to get him home; the chapters alternate between the two which makes for probably one of the most complete accounts of this sort of ordeal. Mulvihill's side is mostly personal, telling of how she copes with her husband's disappearance of seven months, as well as the steps she took with the FBI, the Red Cross and individuals with experience in the Taliban business of kidnapping...she focuses a lot on her frustration with dealing with the captors who are making things far too difficult for any agreement to come to pass. Rohde, on the other side, is also quite personal, but in addition he goes into the history of the area, going into detail about so much...religion, different Taliban factions, international's a good intro to middle eastern history in general. Both Mulvihill and Rohde write very well and it's easy to get very involved in the story, so it's a pretty quick read.

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