Beirut Diary: A Husband Held Hostage and a Wife Determined to Set Him Free

Sis Levin
"Journalist Missing in Beirut" Washington Post March 8, 1984. With that headline was the beginning of a year of terror and hope for Sis and Jerry Levin. Jerry, Cable News Network's Beirut bureau chief, had been kidnaped. But no one knew who did it or why. Sis, his wife, was staggered by the news. What should she do? What could she do? The answer to those questions led to an adventure of intrigue for this conservative Southern Christian woman. She had married Jerry Levin, a liberal Yankee Jew, and then followed him to a Muslim-held land that few Westerners really understood. When her husband was kidnaped, she first did everything the State Department told her, waiting for their "quiet diplomacy" to free the man she loved more than life. Then, as the Iran-Contra affair began to develop unknown to her, Sis slowly realized, through a series of other events, that the US government's idea of quiet diplomacy was neither diplomatic nor effective. So when the standard rules stopped working, she decided to work to free Jerry herself. In the following months, as more and more Americans were kidnaped, she would travel to Syria and talk about peace, reconciliation and her concern for the children of the war. Her life turned into a spy novel, with mysterious knocks on the door and strange limo rides. She would meet with Jesse Jackson, Syria's Foreign Minister Farouk Al Sharaa, Lebanon's Shiite army leader Nabih Berri and many, many more. She would not give up her quest for an honorable alternative to the administration's secret arms deals to Iran that were soon to explode on an unsuspecting public. For anyone who loves a good love story and for anyone who loves a good adventure, this book is both.


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