September 11 wasn't like a normal Tuesday; instead of taking my usual long lunch at the Ivy, I happened to be going through my expenses at my desk so I actually watched the second plane hit the WTC live on TV. My first thoughts were, "Wow, the world's never going to be the same again," swiftly followed by, "This is a fantastic story, I must fly to New York immediately. I flew to Islamabad on the Friday as things were hotting up in Pakistan and the news desk felt my vast experience of the Middle East would be invaluable. Islamabad turned out to be a real nightmare.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The full story of journalist Yvonne Ridley's day detainment in Afghanistan by the Taliban regime in September From the day of her capture as she attempted to cross the border, to her eventual release, she offers a unique perspective into a way of life that remains a mystery to many.

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Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jan 14, Sarah Lameche rated it liked it Shelves: memoirs. First of all I have to say that Yvonne Ridley is bolshy, stubborn, does what she wants not what others want her to do drinks like a fish or did and smokes like there's no tomorrow.

No flowery dresses or prim and proper lifestyle for her. Secondly I would like to say that I think she is great! She is funny, loud, reckless and rather a mans man except that she is a woman. I was surprised to read that she actually told the Taliban she was going to look into Islam upon her release.

I always tho First of all I have to say that Yvonne Ridley is bolshy, stubborn, does what she wants not what others want her to do drinks like a fish or did and smokes like there's no tomorrow. I always thought they had asked her to and once she had agreed they had released her. That certainly seemed to be the way the media portrayed it at that time. It was good to finally read what really happened.

I really enjoyed reading this book but there are a few things lacking. There was just a few pages at the end that spoke about her family but not really in depth. More importantly than that i thought I was going to find out why she decided to become Muslim?

This isn't mentioned in the book at all. This is obviously my mistake as it seems she converted after the book was written. I did find it interesting though to see the way she was treated after release by several people and she realised the Taliban treated her more respectfully than they. It would be interesting to read a new book regarding her conversion.

Many people assume she is foolish to become a Muslim when she has seen how the Taliban treat the women over there. However anyone who reads the Quran would find that it is culture that is wrong.

Not the religion. Mar 15, Irfan rated it really liked it. This book tells other side of story which is usually hidden not shown by Liberal controlled Media. Mar 14, chucklesthescot rated it did not like it Shelves: non-fiction , asian.

Well this is a 'woe is me' tale if ever I read one! This journalist sneaks into Taliban controlled land against advice, doesn't follow instructions designed to keep her safe en route, moans constantly about the way she had to travel You are a western woman you stupid ditz! You would stand out a mile away if you strut about the place in your usual manner! Pretending to be a normal Afghan woman is the only way to stay alive and your hosts are risking their l Well this is a 'woe is me' tale if ever I read one!

Pretending to be a normal Afghan woman is the only way to stay alive and your hosts are risking their lives for your ungrateful butt! It's no surprise when she gets caught, doing what her hosts told her not to do and waving a camera around. When she is caught, she kicks up a stink and won't cooperate with anything.

I'm amazed that her captors didn't just shoot her because frankly, I wanted to shoot her. Her constant whining and 'me me me' attitude made me think that the whole point of the book was to promote herself. She certainly wasn't doing anything in her book to promote the suffering of the real victims of the Taliban. Grow up woman and stop whining!!! View 1 comment. Feb 17, Khalil Ullah rated it it was ok Shelves: english. But let me tell you its not an extraordinary book at all.

The only reason i read it was because i wanted to know how she was treated by Talibans. Taliban's faith in Allah and their "hospitality" with a prisoner is something you harldy see in wars of this age. Author also tells about the hypocricy of west who wanted her dead so they can have good reason to make some propoganda against taliban and Islam itself. Yvonne certainly had a chequered past, but her determination to get a story landed her in deep trouble. The tone is a little self-congratulatory, but her experiences show that she was shown more respect by the Taliban in a worn-torn country, than her own colleagues and countrymen in our supposedly civillised society.

Nov 27, Amanda Francis rated it it was ok Shelves: biographal-and-memoirs , middle-eastern-non-fiction , bad-books-i-feel-i-should-warn-you. This book was just I had some particular pet peeves with it: 1 She often got off topic and went on tangents. Don't get me wrong, my husband is English so I understood most of it. But if she is trying to appeal to an international audience, like Americans or English speakers of other languages, they would probably be quite lost by it.

I gave it 2 stars because some if it is This book was just I gave it 2 stars because some if it is pretty interesting. And when she actually meets "the Taliban" I'm so surprised they dont just cut her tongue out. They treat her well, you know, NOT raping or stoning her.

Feeding her, keeping her in a prison with other women. And she still bites the merciful hand several times. I don't know, maybe I'm just weak but I'd be acting a lot different if I was being held hostage! Jan 13, Waseem Khan rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: all the politician. Shelves: waseem. Feb 02, Arafath Abdul Azeez rated it it was amazing.

Really very Interesting! Must read! Very poor translation. Somewhat boring account of a journalist who was captured and released. Very little insight. Sep 10, Waleed Bin Yousuf rated it it was amazing. I've read its translated Urdu-version published by Nigarshat Publishers, Lahore.

Translation was done by M. Yahya Khan. It was one of the good translations I've read in recent times. Jul 10, Udhayt rated it liked it.


Yvonne Ridley

She was captured by the Taliban in She later converted to Islam. She is a vocal supporter of Palestine [2] , which she took up as a schoolgirl. She is an avid critic of Zionism and of Western media portrayals and foreign policy in the War on Terror , and has undertaken speaking tours throughout the Muslim world as well as America, Europe and Australia.


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