By David Rohde
The compelling and insightful account of a New York Times reporter's abduction through the Taliban, and his wife's fight to loose him.
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Okay, he made a mistake,” she says. “But you need to move forward from there and think positive if you are going to get through this. Don’t let your mind be clouded by anger. It’s not going to do you any good now. ” “We just took a wedding vow,” I say. “And now it’s your chance to live up to it,” she responds. This is a calm but tough pep talk. Confronted by my worst fear, Mom figures the last thing I need is for someone else to stir the pot. She tells “Fun Fearless Female” 29 me to remain open-minded and offers to accompany me back to New York.
The man in the front passenger seat shouts something back and waves his gun menacingly. He is small, with dark hair and a short beard. He seems nervous and belligerent. I hope there has been some kind of mistake. I hope the gunmen will call Abu Tayyeb. He will vouch for us and quickly order our release, a scenario that played out with the American journalist who ventured to Ghazni. Instead, our car hurtles down the road, following a yellow station wagon with more armed men in it. The gunman in the passenger seat shouts more commands.
I heard a sharp crack and what sounded, oddly, like a waterfall. Some where above us, thousands of panes of glass shattered as the south tower buckled. Looking up, I saw the top half of the skyscraper begin slowly plummeting toward the ground. I grabbed Sherry’s hand and we sprinted away from the tower as a roar filled our ears. I felt her hand pull away and turned back to see what had happened. She was gone and a thick cloud of dust—like a giant wall—surged up the street. I ran around a corner and down a flight of stairs into a subway station, the dust engulfed me and the world turned white.
A rope and a prayer : a kidnapping from two sides by David Rohde