My Heart Became Attached: The Strange Journey of John Walker Lindh

July 1, 2008|
My Heart Became Attached: The Strange Journey of John Walker Lindh by Mark Kukis
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What would cause an otherwise intelligent, well-educated, and, by all accounts, privileged Californian to forgo an easy life in the United States to struggle for survival in a land of strife and mortal danger? With this question in mind, journalist Mark Kukis retraces the personal and spiritual evolution of the most reviled American traitor since Lee Harvey Oswald. "My Heart Became Attached provides a detailed biographical account of John Walker Lindh?s journey, beginning with his childhood in an affluent San Francisco suburb. Kukis then follows Lindh?s footsteps to Yemen, where he learned Arabic and radical Islam, and on through the wild hinterlands of Pakistan and Afghanistan. The journey culminates with the violent prison uprising at Mazar-i-Sharif.While conducting research, Kukis achieved unparalleled access to major players in Lindh?s life. In Pakistan, Kukis found the militants from the jihad group that trained with Lindh in a Pakistani camp. Kukis also conducted several rounds of interviews with Lindh?s friend who initially settled him in an Islamic boarding school, with Lindh?s instructor there, and with fellow pupils in the hardscrabble Pakistani village where he studied the Koran before journeying into Afghanistan. In Afghanistan, Kukis interviewed Taliban soldiers who fought at Mazar-i-Sharif and General Dostum, warlord of the region. Ex-roommates, family members, and friends all contributed to Kukis?s research, resulting in the most thorough portrait available of the American Taliban.
Currently based in Washington, D.C., Mark Kukis left a job as a White House correspondent for United Press International shortly after September 11 to cover the war in Afghanistan as a freelance correspondent working closely with the online magazine SALON.COM. This is his first book.
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Title:My Heart Became Attached: The Strange Journey of John Walker Lindh
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:220 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.68 in
Shipping dimensions:220 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.68 in
Published:July 1, 2008
Publisher:Potomac Books
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781574887594

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