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Buried Alive: The True Story of Kidnapping, Captivity, and a Dramatic Rescue (NelsonFree) Hardcover – January 12, 2010
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Editorially and journalistically, this book is a standout. The prose was sparkling and error-free. The composition was superb. Iraq-related books are nearly always politically proselytizing, and this one isn't. The author gave a factual account of the events. The book doesn't have any agenda apparent to me other than to tell what happened.
We do get a glimpse of Roy's religious background, but the book doesn't have a religious agenda. Roy does express his gratitude for his rescuers (and rightfully so), but he doesn't shill for the military. As a reader, I wanted to know what happened and I wanted to read that without having to endure political or religious preaching. This book did not betray my trust on that score.
Roy provides enough detail at each step so we can understand how and perhaps why this or that event happened. For example, how does someone inside a reasonably secure building protected by armed guards get kidnapped from that building? How can someone be hidden away for nearly a year, in a place crawling with military troops who are looking for the kidnapped?
This book raises many interesting questions, just in the telling of the story. As noted, it also answers many questions. One question people have asked Roy repeatedly is how he managed to hang on for so long. We see the answer as events unfold.Read more ›
Often these first person accounts by non-writers end up being stilted. However, this one reads like a novel - I couldn't put it down, something that rarely occurs with non-fiction.
It's a must-read!
Hallums' details on mundane aspects of Iraqi culture are interesting, if not a bit laden with judgment. Maybe that's the outcome of being tortured--developing prejudices. The author's statement that Iraqis aren't big on having to actually work, which Hallums sites as the reason their government can't accomplish anything gives profound insight into not only his state of mind regarding Iraqis after his release, but possibly during his stay there. As an aside, I couldn't reconcile that judgement with his presence there to be part of relief work. With such remarks it became hard to distinguish Hallum's rare viewpoint from general western ignorance and stereotypes toward the Middle East and Muslims.
Morally, I don't care what his reasons were. From the standpoint of solid writing, he presented himself as this great helper, but wedged a few snarky comments about the culture he was helping, throughout the book. It broke the continuity of the overall story.
I like that the narrative tries to maintain the chronology of events, with Hallums'experience mixed in with that of his family. It read a bit oddly, as if he was interviewing them.Read more ›
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My wife is reading this book. She often has to set it down because she is overcome with emotion.Published on July 15, 2014 by BILL S.
I was in the same Cardio rehab class with Roy Hallums. This is how I met him and learned about his terrible experience being held hostage. Read morePublished on November 15, 2013 by hootie
one of the best books I have ever read. highly rec this to every one to read. quick read, couldnt put it down.Published on August 31, 2013 by Johnny James
THIS GENTLEMAN WAS INTERVIEWED ON JEFF PROBST SHOW AND I WANTED TO READ HIS BOOK. 311 DAYS IN CAPTIVITY, BOUND AND BLINDFOLDED ...Published on February 5, 2013 by DAWNWANDERS
The book came in great shape...it was for my daughter and she loved it! So I guess I will be reading it some time in the near future.Published on November 27, 2012 by ljcg
Roy was a 56 year old retired Naval commander working for a food supply contractor in Baghdad's high-end Mansour district. Read morePublished on October 21, 2010 by BooksatVioletCrush
What would you do if you were kidnapped in a foreign country knowing practically none of their language nor their intentions behind your kidnapping? Read morePublished on September 21, 2010 by Haelie