By David Rohde
The compelling and insightful account of a New York Times reporter's abduction through the Taliban, and his wife's fight to unfastened him.
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But I never anticipated what to do in the uncertain face of David going missing. Here it is, I think, my worst fear come true. I call the managing editor at Cosmopolitan and say something vague about a “family health emergency” and that I need to head to New England. She is gracious and does not ask questions. I tell her I will probably be out the next day or so. “Do what you need to do,” she says. She knows that my parents live in Maine. I secretly hope the magazine thinks I am running off to comfort an ailing elderly relative.
Direct quotations from his captors are his recollections of what they said and are based on translations from Pashto, the language they spoke. Kristen’s descriptions stem from memory and, where possible, journal entries, e-mails, transcripts, and other records. Undoubtedly, our recollections are incomplete, altered by the passage of time and flawed in places. All of the views expressed in this book are solely those of the authors. Any mistakes in the pages that follow are wholly our own. For safety reasons, certain details, information, and names have been withheld.
I would not be going into the tribal areas of Pakistan, as the kidnapped American and British journalists did. This is safer. “Yes,” I say to Tahir. ” Tahir tells me he will call me later to set a departure time. As a precaution, I ask him for the number of a European journalist who has already interviewed Abu Tayyeb twice with Tahir. In the fall of 2007, the reporter spent two days filming Abu Tayyeb and his men as they trained. In the summer of 2008, the journalist spent an evening with them and filmed an attack on a police post.
A Rope and a Prayer: A Kidnapping from Two Sides by David Rohde