Just how much can a marriage take?

David Rohde was still in his 20s, and reporting for The Christian Science Monitor, when he won his first Pulitzer Prize: he’d been the first journalist on the scene of the Srebrenica massacre, in Bosnia. Later, he was held and interrogated for 10 days by Serbian officials.

Rohde joined The New York Times in 1997, and eventually made his way to Afghanistan. In 2008, he was kidnapped by Taliban militants and held for seven months (he was still in captivity when he won a second Pulitzer, as part of The Times‘ team covering Afghanistan and Pakistan). Rohde was also a newlywed, who’d promised his wife, Kristen Mulvihill, he’d never put himself in harm’s way in quite the same way again. In their new book, A Rope and a Prayer, Rohde and Mulvihill trade chapters and describe their radically different—but equally harrowing—experiences of his captivity. It’s a gripping, true-life romance that also provides an extremely close look at the Taliban’s inner workings.

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Just how much can a marriage take?