Who is Bowe Bergdahl? Now we know.

Some of you may remember my occasional blogging about the recently returned U.S. Army captive of the Taliban, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in 2014.  I wondered about whether his experiences were similar to those of other “redeemed captives” of eighteenth-century Anglo-American wars against Native people and their French allies, and why the U.S. media seemed to have … Continue reading Who is Bowe Bergdahl? Now we know.

Like Bowe Bergdahl, many 18th century captives didn’t go home again

Per my comparison of recently freed Taliban captive Bowe Bergdahl to Anglo-American captives of the eighteenth century, the Wall Street Journal reports that so far, “Sgt. Bergdahl has refused to see his parents or speak to them on the phone, the official said. The decision by Sgt. Bergdahl, who returned to regular duty on Monday, … Continue reading Like Bowe Bergdahl, many 18th century captives didn’t go home again

The captivity and redemption of Derek Black, or, the power of education and engagement

I know this blog has been a little heavy on the book promotion these days, but here’s a modern captivity narrative with that most elusive of all endings, a happy one!  Drop what you’re doing now and go read Eli Saslow’s “The White Flight of Derek Black” in today’s Washington Post, which describes the disenchantment of … Continue reading The captivity and redemption of Derek Black, or, the power of education and engagement