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Anderson, an AP correspondent in Lebanon when he was kidnapped by Iranian-backed Shiites in March 1985, offers a wrenching account of his seven-year captivity. Demythologizing the heroic image of a hostage, Anderson recalls how he berated himself, while sitting blindfolded and chained to a wall, for his mistreatment of his first wife and for his arrogance in walking out into the street again after narrowly escaping a kidnapping attempt the day before he was actually snatched. Anderson is also frank--and not always flattering--in his discussion of such fellow hostages as Tom Sutherland, John McCarthy and Terry Waite. The narrative loses momentum as the tedious days pile up, but there are still numerous telling moments: Anderson reembraces Catholicism; he hears hostage William Buckley die in an adjacent room; he is enormously moved by a hostage diary he finds, which was written by a Lebanese Jewish doctor who pined for an estranged son. Interspersed throughout this book are background notes on efforts to free the hostages, Anderson's poems and accounts of the ordeal faced by second wife Madeleine Bassil, who was pregnant with Anderson's child at the time of the kidnapping (he was then engaged to her but still married to his first wife). Unfortunately, the narrative is stinting about Bassil's break with Anderson's sister Peggy Say, and an update on the various hostages would have been appreciated.
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ISBN-10:  0345390547
ISBN-13:  978-0345390547
Author:  Terry Anderson
Publisher:  Ballantine Books
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review by . May 12, 2013
A heart pummeling hostage memoir of the Beirut crisis.
Terry Anderson's Den of Lions is a den of insights into the radical bi-polar terrorist mentality in which he was trapped for over seven years. His descriptions of the bombings, shootings and random daily violence that permeated around the non-citizens and the citizens of Lebanon, make this a classic Middle East hostage survivor's story. Anderson's poems of his cruel incarceration are filled with searing depth that transport you to the various scummy basement cells which he shared with …
review by . October 21, 1999
Terry Anderson's Den of Lions is a den of insights into the radical bi-polar terrorist mentality in which he was trapped for over seven years. His descriptions of the bombings, shootings and random daily violence that permeated around the non-citizens and the citizens of Lebanon, make this a classic Middle East hostage survivor's story. Anderson's poems of his cruel incarceration are filled with searing depth that transport you to the various scummy basement cells which he shared with other Westerners. …
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