A Rope and a Prayer by David Rohde
A Kidnapping from Two Sides

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

About David Rohde

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DAVID ROHDE, coauthor of A Rope and a Prayer, is a reporter for The New York Times, where he previously served as the South Asia bureau chief. He won his first Pulitzer Prize for uncovering the Srebrenica massacre, and his second as part of The New York Times 's team covering Afghanistan and Pakistan. He lives in New York City.
 
Published November 30, 2010 by Penguin Books. 385 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, War. Non-fiction

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From a New York Times journalist and his wife, a blow-by-blow chronicle of his kidnapping in Afghanistan in November 2008 by the Taliban, his seven months of captivity and eventual escape.

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The New York Times

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David Rohde interviewing Afghans in the Helmand region in 2007.

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The New York Times

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Seven years later, at 41, perhaps looking at middle age and wondering where his years of peregrinations in war-torn countries might lead him, Rohde decided to return to Afghanistan for several last interviews to finish a book “about the failing American attempt to bring stability to the region si...

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Los Angeles Times

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"A Rope and a Prayer" is not the book David Rohde set out to write when he traveled to Afghanistan in 2008 on leave from his reporter's job at the New York Times.

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Christian Science Monitor

This is not Tucson, but what historian Arnold Toynbee termed “a piece of America inserted into the Afghan landscape.” Lashkar Gah, which locals once called “Little America,” is the capital city of Afghanistan’s southern Helmand Province.

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Denver Post

1 rule — "Don't get involved" — by trying to keep hapless mortals from committing adultery or gambling away their savings.

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The Roanoke Times

And his sobering insights into the Byzantine and explosive regional politics — especially those involving Pakistan, Afghanistan and India — are perhaps Rohde’s most important contributions to “A Rope and a Prayer.” Back home in the States, Mulvihill was in little, if any, danger.

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The New York Review of Books

A sewing class had just ended, and the participants—a dozen girls and women between the ages of fifteen and fifty, most of them wearing headscarves—agreed to talk about the country’s first democratic election, scheduled to take place on October 23.

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