By Jere Van Dyk
Jere Van Dyk used to be at the flawed aspect of the border. He and 3 Afghan publications had crossed into the tribal components of Pakistan, the place no Westerner had ventured for years, hoping to arrive the house of an area chieftain by way of dusk. yet then a dozen armed males in black turbans seemed over the crest of a hill.
Captive is Van Dyk's searing account of his forty-five days in a Taliban legal, and it really is gripping and terrifying within the culture of the simplest legal literature. the most motion happens in one room, bring to a halt from the surface global, the place Van Dyk feels he can belief nobody—not his jailers, now not his courses (who he fears could have betrayed him), and definitely no longer the charismatic Taliban chief whose fleeting appearances hold the wish of redemption in addition to the chance of instant, violent demise.
Van Dyk went to the tribal parts to enquire the demanding situations dealing with the US there. His tale is of a deeper, extra own problem, an unforgettable story of human endurance.
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