From the Publisher
The powerful account of the remarkable peace activist kidnapped
while leading a peace delegation and held for ransom by Iraqi
insurgents until his paradoxical release by a crack unit of special
In November 2005, James Loney and three other men - Canadian
Harmeet Singh Sooden, British citizen Norman Kember and American
Tom Fox - were taken hostage at gunpoint. The men were with
Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT), an organization that places teams
trained in non-violent intervention into lethal conflict zones. The
then unknown Swords of Righteousness Brigade released videos of the
men, resulting in what is likely the most publicized kidnapping of
the Iraq War. Tom Fox was murdered and dumped on a Baghdad street.
The surviving men were held for 118 days before being rescued by
Task Force Black, an elite counter-kidnap unit led by the British
SAS. Captivity is the story of what Jim described
upon his return to Toronto and reunion with his partner Dan Hunt as
"a terrifying, profound, transformative and excruciatingly boring
experience." It presents an affecting portrait of how Jim came to
be a pacifist and chronicles his work in Iraq before the
kidnapping. It brings the reader immediately into the terror and
banality, the frictions, the moral dilemmas of their captivity,
their search to find their captors'' humanity, and the imperative
need to conceal Jim''s sexual identity. It examines the paradoxes
we face when our most cherished principles are tested in
extraordinary circumstances and explores the universal truths
contained in every captivity experience. At its heart, the book is
a hope-filled plea for peace, human solidarity and
From James Loney:
Why I Wrote This Book
I often wondered, during those excruciating days of handcuffs and
chains, fear and boredom without end, would I ever get to tell
anyone about the strange and bizarre things that happened during
our captivity? Being transported in the trunk of a car. Sleeping
with my left and right hands handcuffed to the person beside me.
Explaining to the captors how to use "men's gel." Picking open our
handcuffs after watching a Hollywood movie.
It is a paradox. I went to Iraq as a pacifi st on a mission of
peace and was kidnapped, threatened with death and held hostage
with three other men until we were rescued in a military operation.
It is an extraordinary privilege to be able to tell the story of
this paradox, to explain why I remain committed to the principles
of nonviolence despite the fact a member of our group was murdered
and our freedom was secured by armed force. The crucible of
captivity was a kind of school in which I was able to see the
innermost workings of the universe, how we are all connected, how
our liberation is inextricably tied together. I want to share this
story in the hope of contributing to the emergence of a world
without war, the single greatest challenge of the 21st century.
Everything depends on this, for without peace nothing else is
From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
James Loney is a Canadian peace activist, writer and member of
Christian Peacemaker Teams. Based in Toronto, he has served on
violence-reduction teams in Iraq, Palestine and First Nations
communities in Canada. In November 2005, he was kidnapped along
with the CPT delegation he was leading and held hostage for four
months. One member of the group was murdered, an American named Tom
Fox. The surviving three were released in a military operation led
by British special forces.
From the Hardcover edition.
Format: Trade Paperback
Published: April 24, 2012
Publisher: Knopf Canada
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0307399281
ISBN - 13: 9780307399281