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Yellow Ribbon: The Secret Journal of Bruce Laingen.


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ISBN 10: 0028810309 / ISBN 13: 9780028810300
Published by Brassey's [1992], Washington, DC, 1992
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Small 4to. Blue cloth spine with gilt lettering and blue paper over boards, pictorial dust jacket. xi, 305pp. Illustrations. Near fine/fine. Tight, attractive first edition of this diary of the senior American diplomat (charge d'affaires, U.S. Embassy) seized by Iranians in 1979. Front flyleaf bears a huge inscription and signature in black fineline: "To Fred Koenecke -- / with warm / regards to a fellow / Ole -- / Bruce Laingen / U. of Dubuque / October 15, 1993.". Bookseller Inventory # 37889

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Title: Yellow Ribbon: The Secret Journal of Bruce ...

Publisher: Brassey's [1992], Washington, DC

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Excerpts from Bruce Laingen's Secret Journal and Letters: . DAY 13, November 16, 1979--I am sick at heart, but I remain an optimist, too, confident that human decency will ultimately prevail. Then we will have a long, long time in which to reflect on this tragedy... DAY 50, December 23, 1979--The whole thing is unconscionable...that a government that professes to be guided by spiritual considerations should demonstrate such cruelty and inhumanity. It boggles my mind and depresses my spirit. DAY 59, January 1, 1980--I think tonight I have learned to hate. Certainly I have felt bitterness in ways that I never have before. DAY 170, April 21, 1980-- Dear Jim [thirteen-year-old son], Thanksgiving, Mom's birthday, Christmas, New Year's, Valentine's Day, Easter--all that I didn't mind missing too much, but your Confirmation Day, that I didn't want to miss. But barring an Islamic miracle (they're rare), I will miss it. And I regret that very much. DAY 435, January 11, 1981--There's an expression... that walls do not a prison make. Well, I must say they do a reasonably good job at it... My family is constantly on my mind, to be talked about in a dialogue with God, to be remembered for the shared experiences of years past, to be seen in my minds eye as often thinking of me. Surely all of us held here are stronger men and women because we know that in that respect we are not alone.

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