A Rope and a Prayer: A Kidnapping from Two Sides

A Rope and a Prayer: A Kidnapping from Two Sides

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A Rope and a Prayer: A Kidnapping from Two Sides by David Rohde, Kristen Mulvihill

The compelling and insightful account of a New York Times reporter's abduction by the Taliban, and his wife's struggle to free him.

Invited to an interview by a Taliban commander, New York Times reporter 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 Times struggled 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101445396
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/30/2010
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 764,881
File size: 554 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

David Rohde, winner of two Pulitzer Prizes in journalism, is a reporter for The New York Times and the author of Endgame: The Betrayal and Fall of Srebrenica. He won his first Pulitzer Prize in 1996 for helping uncover the Srebrenica massacre in Bosnia for The Christian Science Monitor and his second in 2009 as part of The New York Times’ team covering Afghanistan and Pakistan.

David and Kristen both grew up in New England and graduated from Brown University. They live in New York.
Kristen Mulvihill has been a fashion and photography editor at various women’s magazines, including Marie Claire and Self. Most recently, she was the photography director of Cosmopolitan magazine. She is also a painter and illustrator.

David and Kristen both grew up in New England and graduated from Brown University. They live in New York.

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Rope and a Prayer: A Kidnapping from Two Sides 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
True story of kidnapping shows in detail and the psyche behind it as well the spirit and love. Must read!
cabPA More than 1 year ago
I learned many things about Afghanistan and the eastern culture. I believe we need to know about other people in other cultures and how they react to situations and think about our culture---right or wrong--they have an opinion about us.
Bob201 More than 1 year ago
I thought this book read like an adventure novel.....but it is a true, frightening, amazing story! Learn what it was like to be kidnapped by the Taliban!! I got emotional at the end. I think this is a must-read book! Early in the book there was a bit too much history for me, so I skimmed several pages. But the actual real-life happenings were riveting!
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michaelRA More than 1 year ago
This book is about struggle No doubt. The two sided versions of the intrepid reporter in the hands of ignorant monsters and the struggle of his new wife trying to cope with the harrowing thought that a video of her husbands beheading could show up at any moment while being in the middle of all that New York has to offer is really revealing.This book without question dipics what its like dealing with those people in the middle east who absolutely despise us Americans. The brainwashing, the ignorance that exists and the hopelessness begs the question of "do we really have to have a presence in that part of the world". David and Kristin give a first hand account of what life is like living where ignorance,poverty,and religious zealots abound. Its history,its struggle,but its a great window to what we face from those who wiil harm us if given the chance.
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