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By David Rohde

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

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Copyright © David Rohde and Kristen Mulvihill, 2010 All rights reserved Portions of this book appeared in different form in The New York Times. LIBRARY OF CONGRESS CATALOGING-IN-PUBLICATION DATA Rohde, David. A rope and a prayer : a kidnapping from two sides / David Rohde & Kristen Mulvihill. p. cm. eISBN : 978-1-101-44539-6 1. Rohde, David—Captivity, 2008-2009. 2. Hostages—Afghanistan—Biography. 3. Journalists—United States—Biography. 4. Afghan War, 2001—Personal narratives, American. 5. Taliban.

Rivalries between the country’s ethnic groups that ebbed after the fall of the Taliban simmer again. Growing mistrust between Afghans and foreigners worries me as well. The American journalists, diplomats, and aid workers who were welcomed here in 2001 are seen by growing numbers of Afghans as war profiteers who do little to aid their country. I am in the final stretch of conducting research for a book I am writing about the failing American attempt to bring stability to the region since 2001. I hope the book will be the culmination of seven years of reporting in Afghanistan and Pakistan for The New York Times.

The grand American project, though, never achieved the agricultural production promised. It consumed vast amounts of American and Afghan finances and took three times longer to complete than planned. Arriving with Grader in 2004, I found that the American-built suburban tract homes still stood, but their Afghan occupants had built walls around them, a sign of the gulf between American and Afghan notions of privacy. I learned that “Little America” was one chapter in a century-long effort by the Pashtun elite to modernize the country, all with mixed results.

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