Den of Lions Author:Terry Anderson "Belongs on the shelf of classics about surviving degradation with dignity and even humor." Time — In March 1985, Terry Anderson was swept up in the violent conflict of a turbulent era. At the mercy of Shiite captors for nearly seven years, he lived in chains, wondering fearfully if each day would be his last. But his spirit soared beyond captivi... more »ty, and he never gave up. Nor did those who loved him. And now, a free man again, he tells the harrowing and poignant story of a hostage's survival and final triumph.« less
I happened to catch the live broadcast of Terry Anderson's first press conference after his release. I was so impressed with how high his spirits were and how functional he seemed after so long in captivity (for those who don't know, he was kidnapped in Beruit in 1985 and held hostage for 7 years.) While the book doesn't quite capture the spirit he showed in that press conference, it still well worth reading, and forces the question "how would I do in such circumstances?"
Terry Anderson manages to convey the horrors and boredom of his capacity in a way that is neither horrific nor boring. I could have passed on his poetry but I was engrossed in the story of how he survived his captivity with his mental and emotional faculties relatively intact.