Captive

My Time as a Prisoner of the Taliban

Jere Van Dyk

St. Martin's Griffin

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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 years, hoping to reach the home of a local chieftain by nightfall. But then a dozen armed men in black turbans appeared over the crest of a hill.

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. The main action takes place in a single room, cut off from the outside world, where Van Dyk feels he can trust nobody—not his jailers, not his guides (who he fears may have betrayed him), and certainly not the charismatic Taliban leader whose fleeting appearances carry the hope of redemption as well as the prospect of immediate, violent death.

Van Dyk went to the tribal areas to investigate the challenges facing America there. His story is of a deeper, more personal challenge, an unforgettable tale of human endurance.

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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
My Time as a Prisoner of the Taliban
Jere Van Dyk

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
June 2011
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312573423
ISBN10: 0312573421
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 288 pages, Includes one map
$16.99

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Macmillan Audio
June 2010
Unabridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781427210449
ISBN10: 1427210446
Audio Run Time: 10:00
$19.99

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Times Books
June 2010
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ISBN: 9781429949972
ISBN10: 142994997X
288 pages
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