Jere Van Dyk

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.


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Captive by Jere Van Dyk--Audiobook Excerpt

Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Jere Van Dyk's book Captive: My Time as a Prisoner of the Taliban. 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.

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Where are you from?
Vancouver, Washington

Who are your favorite writers?
Malraux, Camus, Tolstoy, Kazantzakis, Dostoevsky, Charles McCarry

What are your hobbies and outside interests?
Running, playing the piano, riding horses, hiking, taking photographs.

What is the single best piece of advice anyone ever gave you?
Run your own race.

What inspired you to write your first book?
Living and studying in Paris.

Where do you write?
I wrote my notes for this book in villages in rural Afghanistan, in my guesthouse in Kabul. I wrote on a computer in my apartment in New York, in an office at the Carnegie Council, and at my sister's house and the house I grew up in in Washington State.


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Jere Van Dyk
St. Martin's Griffin

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...

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