Captive in the Congo: A Consul's Return to the Heart of Darkness

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Provides a first-person account of the 1964 seizure of the American consulate staff and their 111 days of captivity at the hands of Congolese rebels. Hoyt, who served in the US Foreign Service for 25 years, chronicles the hostages' day-by-day ordeal as rebels held them in confinement at the central prison in Stanleyville and elsewhere, including a women's toilet in an airport terminal. Hoyt now teaches college-level African history courses in New Mexico. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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"...a gripping story of the first hostage crisis in modern American diplomacy...reads like a novel...a vivid account of terrorism." -- Journal of Military History, April 2001

"...well-written account of this first seizure of American diplomats [who] were keenly aware that they not only might be executed, but also eaten." -- Albuquerque Sunday Journal, March 4, 2001

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