The Trade

The Trade

My Journey Into the Labyrinth of Political Kidnapping

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In 2008, American journalist Jere Van Dyk was kidnapped and held for 45 days. At the time, he had no idea who his kidnappers were. They demanded a ransom and the release of three of their comrades from Guantanamo, yet they hinted at their ties to Pakistanand to the Haqqani network, a uniquely powerful group that now holds the balance of power in large parts of Afghanistan and the tribal areas of Pakistan. After his release, Van Dyk wrote a book about his capture and what it took to survive in this most hostile of circumstances. Yet he never answered the fundamental questions that his kidnapping raised: Why was he taken? Why was he released? And who saved his life?-- publisher's website
Publisher: New York :, Public Affairs, an imprint of Perseus Books, LLC, a subsidiary of Hachette Book Group, Inc.,, 2017.
ISBN: 9781610394314
Characteristics: xxvii, 418 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The White House, June 24, 2015
New York, December 23, 2001
Kabul, January 2002
Yunus Khalis, Spring 2002
Family Feuds
Smugglers and Fixers in the Borderlands
The Trade
Back Homeland
Michael Semple
The First Daniel Pearl
Localand International
Meetings with Four Important Men
Your Input is Very Welcome?
The Work of Ghosts
The Story of Fazul Rahim
A Rising Star
Closer
The Pakhtun Festival
The Mystery of Gohar Zaman
Ibrahim
A Promise Kept
TalibanNational Council
The Families
Ripple Effects.
Summary: In 2008, American journalist Jere Van Dyk was kidnapped and held for 45 days. At the time, he had no idea who his kidnappers were. They demanded a ransom and the release of three of their comrades from Guantanamo, yet they hinted at their ties to Pakistanand to the Haqqani network, a uniquely powerful group that now holds the balance of power in large parts of Afghanistan and the tribal areas of Pakistan. After his release, Van Dyk wrote a book about his capture and what it took to survive in this most hostile of circumstances. Yet he never answered the fundamental questions that his kidnapping raised: Why was he taken? Why was he released? And who saved his life?-- publisher's website

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Sep 13, 2017

I'm a poor guy, but after hearing the interview on a radio program with the author, I admit to rushing out to buy this and read it in one sitting. Really enlightening and interesting on the most current of subjects. Once more it bears repeating: at the end of the Obama Administration, a Pentagon training program, costing $500 million or more, ended up with only five so-called rebels, who quickly disappeared. In other words, the rebels were either captured, or turned or already ISIS or al Qaeda, and all those weapons provided, as usual, ended up in ISIS hands! [This isn't just on Obama, it is a continuation of what began with Carter, Reagan, Bush #1, Clinton, then increased under Bush #2, and now will continue under the Trumpster!] We need qualified people in government, not stooges for Wall Street!]

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