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NCJ Number: 32724 Find in a Library
Title: SURVIVING THE LONG NIGHT - AN AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL ACCOUNT OF A POLITICAL KIDNAPPING
Author(s): G JACKSON
Date Published: 1974
Page Count: 226
Sponsoring Agency: Vanguard Press, Inc
New York, NY 10017
Sale Source: Vanguard Press, Inc
424 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10017
United States of America
Type: Biography
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE BRITISH AMBASSADOR TO URUGUAY TELLS OF HIS KIDNAPPING AND 244 DAY CAPTIVITY AT THE HANDS OF URBAN GUERRILLAS, PROVIDING INSIGHT INTO THE PSYCHOLOGY AND MOTIVATIONS OF POLITICAL KIDNAPPERS.
Abstract: THE AUTHOR RECALLS THE VARIOUS COPING METHODS HE DEVISED IN ORDER TO AVOID LETHARGY AND DESPONDENCY. EFFORTS BY HIS CAPTIVES TO DEHUMANIZE HIM OR RATIONALIZE THEIR ACTIONS WERE RESISTED. IDEOLOGICAL CONVERSATIONS WERE FEW; THE KIDNAPPERS WERE INTERESTED PRIMARILY IN THE AMBASSADOR'S VALUE AS A CAPTIVE RATHER THAN A CONVERT. THE AUTHOR HAD ASSUMED THAT IDEOLOGICAL MOTIVATION WOULD PROVE TO BE A SELECTIVE FORCE, SIFTING HARSH, DEDICATED, AND DEHUMANIZED INDIVIDUALS INTO TERRORIST ORGANIZATIONS. HE FOUND INSTEAD A HOMOGENEOUS GROUP WHICH DEFIED STEREOTYPING. TWO INTERVIEWS WITH THE AMBASSADOR, ARRANGED BY HIS CAPTORS DURING HIS CAPTIVITY, ARE REPRODUCED IN APPENDIXES.
Index Term(s): Kidnapping; Political influences; Urban guerrilla warfare; Uruguay
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