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Former Hostage Terry Waite.

Middle East expert and British hostage in Beirut, Terry Waite. While in Lebanon in 1987, as an Anglican Church envoy to negotiate the release of hostages there, Waite himself was captured. He was held for 1,763 days (nearly five years); four years of that time was spent in solitary confinement. He had made numerous trips to the Middle East to negotiate hostage releases in Tehran and Beirut, and was no stranger to the danger of factional conflicts: in 1969 Waite and his wife narrowly escaped the Idi Amin coup in Uganda. Waite's memoirs of his captivity --composed in his head--while in captivity, are now published, "Taken on Trust" (HBJ).

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Other segments from the episode on October 20, 1993

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, October 20, 1993: Interview with Terry Waite; Review of E. P. Thomson's book "Witness Against the Beast."

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