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Author: Sulome Anderson Narrator: Sulome Anderson Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2016 ISBN: 9780062562913
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In this gripping blend of reportage, memoir, and analysis, a journalist and daughter of one of the world’s most famous hostages, Terry Anderson, takes an intimate look at her father’s captivity during the Lebanese Hostage Crisis and the ensuing political firestorm on both her family and the United States—as well as the far-reaching implications of those events on Middle Eastern politics today.

In 1991, six-year-old Sulome Anderson met her father, Terry, for the first time. While working as the Middle East bureau chief for the Associated Press covering the long and bloody civil war in Lebanon, Terry had been kidnapped in Beirut and held for her entire life by a Shiite Muslim militia associated with the Hezbollah movement.

As the nation celebrated, the media captured a smiling Anderson family joyously reunited. But the truth was far darker. Plagued by PTSD, Terry was a moody, aloof, and distant figure to the young daughter who had long dreamed of his return—and while she smiled for the cameras all the same, she absorbed his trauma as her own.

Years later, after long battles with drug abuse and mental illness, Sulome would travel to the Middle East as a reporter, seeking to understand her father, the men who had kidnapped him, and ultimately, herself. What she discovered was shocking—not just about Terry, but about the international political machinations that occurred during the years of his captivity.

The Hostage’s Daughter is an intimate look at the effect of the Lebanese Hostage Crisis on Anderson’s family, the United States, and the Middle East today. Sulome tells moving stories from her experiences as a reporter in the region and challenges our understanding of global politics, the forces that spawn terrorism and especially Lebanon, the beautiful, devastated, and vitally important country she came to love. Powerful and eye-opening The Hostage’s Daughter is essential reading for anyone interested in international relations, this violent, haunted region, and America's role in its fate.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An excellent piece of reportage from someone who clearly has an intimate understanding of the Middle East.”

    Reza Azlan, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “A gutsy coming-of-age memoir, beautifully written, and always provocative…Anderson confronts her father’s kidnappers—and along the way, she shines a harsh light on the murky world of intelligence in a distraught Middle East.”

    Kai Bird, Pulitzer Prize–winning historian and author of The Good Spy

  • “A perilous and riveting spiral into Middle Eastern politics…a compelling depiction of the collateral damage of terrorism and a remarkable piece of investigative journalism with a surprise twist.”

    Publishers Weekly

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About the Author

Sulome Anderson has been working as a feature writer in the Middle East since receiving a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in 2011. Her work has appeared in Foreign Policy, the New Yorker, the Atlantic, New York magazine, and Vice. She is based in Beirut and New York City.