A Rope and a Prayer: The Story of a Kidnapping

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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.

In November 2008, David Rohde, a Pulitzer Prize-winning correspondent for The New York Times, was kidnapped by the Taliban and held captive for seven months in the tribal areas of Pakistan. In the process, Rohde became the first American to witness how Pakistan's powerful military turns a blind eye toward a Taliban ministate thriving inside its borders. In New York, David's wife Kristen Mulvihill, together with his family, kept the kidnapping secret for David's safety and struggled to navigate a labyrinth of conflicting agendas, misinformation, and lies. Part memoir, part work of journalism, A Rope and a Prayer is a story of duplicity, faith, resilience, and love.

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Based on the award winning New York Times series "Held by the Taliban."Winner, 2010 George Polk, Michael Kelly and American Society of Newspaper Editors awards; winner, Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism.Finalist, 2010 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting

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"Only in the hands of gifted writers could this many-layered tale be told. A Rope and a Prayer is simultaneously a thrilling narrative, a brilliant look at  the war in Afghanistan, a meditation on journalism and a moving love story." - Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of Team of Rivals"David Rohde has survived one of the most terrifying things that can happen to a foreign reporter. His account of captivity with the Taliban illuminates important things about courage, about war - and also about marriage. His wife, Kristen, is the real hero of this story. This is a brilliant, beautifully-written book and I could not read it fast enough." - Sebastian Junger, author of War and The Perfect Storm "This is an honest, moving, painful and riveting book about war, love, kidnapping, journalism, family and the war in Afghanistan. It brims with the authors' care and integrity and it is impossible to put down." - Steve Coll, author of Ghost Wars and The Bin Ladens "David Rohde and Kristen Mulvihill have a harrowing story to tell about things going very wrong in one of the worst places on earth. But what emerges from this gripping tale is the quiet persistence of decency and bravery, not least the authors' own." - George Packer, author of Interesting Times and The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq "No recent book on Afghanistan gives such breathtaking perspective on what makes the Taliban and al' Qaeda so lethal and makes the US war effort so ineffective." - Ahmed Rashid, author of Taliban & Descent into Chaos "David Rohde met his match in Kristen Mulvihill, in the best possible sense.  Grace under pressure seems to come naturally to both of them.  Their story is an action diptych, a two-panel nonfiction thriller that combines reportage, great villains, relentless suspense, wildly disparate worlds, and a new marriage put to a torture test for the ages." - William Finnegan, author of Cold New World: Growing Up in a Harder Country "A Rope and a Prayer" is an amazing and devastating book -- not merely a story of human captivity, but also a tale of marriage, friendship, patience and faith." - Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray Love "The precious value of this book is its alternating narration of two people separately sharing a horrendous experience: a husband in captivity on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border struggling with his brutal, feudal, volatile Taliban abductors; and a wife at home in New York living with uncertainty, fear and faith. It is an amazing and intriguing tale of personal intelligence, courage and stamina set in the chaotic context of the Afghan war." - Jonathan Moore, U. S. Ambassador to the United Nations, 1989-1992, United States Ambassador at Large for Refugees, 1986-1989

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