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 unfastened him.
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Nothing attracts attention like a bright red sports bra with size D cups, apparently. In a pinch, it’s a real lifesaver. I smile to myself. This is a far cry from my husband’s line of work. I am about two weeks into my new job as photography director at Cosmopolitan magazine. My train of thought—the combination of humor, absurdity, and mass-market appeal my new job straddles—is interrupted. m. I wonder why I have not yet heard from David, even though I know that power outages are common in Pakistan, as are travel delays.
I would have been absolutely livid had he waited to inform me. David’s need to “protect” me sometimes infuriates me. “Christie and I are in Florida on vacation,” Lee says, referring to his wife. “Stay calm. ” My mind reels as I try to process what he is telling me. Then he continues, “You should jump on the next shuttle to Boston. ” From there, we will drive back to his house in southern New Hampshire for the night. Apparently a meeting has been scheduled with the local FBI bureau there for early tomorrow morning.
Throughout the first days of David’s kidnapping, we are able to draw on the camaraderie of the press and the gravitas of The New York Times to keep his story out of the public eye. But any bit of information I relay to David’s colleagues is quickly common knowledge inside the media bubble. I have to fight repeatedly during these early days to protect our privacy as a couple. I begin my battle at the top, with a heated call to Bill Keller, the paper’s executive editor, from my parents’ living room.
A rope and a prayer : a kidnapping from two sides by David Rohde