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

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Potomac Books, Inc., Jul 15, 2008 - Americans - 203 pages
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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 LindhOCOs journey, beginning with his childhood in an affluent San Francisco suburb. Kukis then follows LindhOCOs 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 LindhOCOs 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 LindhOCOs friend who initially settled him in an Islamic boarding school, with LindhOCOs 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 KukisOCOs research, resulting in the most thorough portrait available of the American Taliban."
 

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

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Investigating the transformation of John Walker Lindh from a typical American teenager into the most infamous turncoat of our day, Kukis, a former UPI White House correspondent, traces the influences ... Read full review

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Boring,slow,dull....just blah. Hard to finish even though its not even 200 pages. Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgments
Authors Note
CHAPTER ONE
CHAPTER TWO
CHAPTER THREE
CHAPTER FOUR
CHAPTER FIVE
CHAPTER SIX
CHAPTER SEVEN
CHAPTER EIGHT
CHAPTER NINE
CHAPTER TEN
Epilogue
Selected Bibliography
About the Author
Copyright

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About the author (2008)

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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