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The Miss Stone Affair

America's First Modern Hostage Crisis

On September 3, 1901, a Protestant missionary named Ellen Stone set out on horseback across the mountainous hinterlands of Balkan Macedonia and was ambushed by a band of armed revolutionaries.
In The Miss Stone Affair, Teresa Carpenter re-creates an event that captured the attention of the world and posed a dilemma for incoming president Theodore Roosevelt. Should he send in the Navy or not? And, if so, send it where? Drawing upon a wealth of contemporary correspondence and documents, Carpenter constructs a narrative that is suspenseful, harrowing, and at times even comical. It is a story for our time.

Photo Credit: Marion Ettlinger

Teresa Carpenter, editor of New York Diaries: 1609-2009, is a former senior editor of the Village Voice where her articles on crime and the law won a Pulitzer Prize. She is the bestselling author of four books and lives in New York City with her husband, author Steven Levy, a senior writer at Wired magazine.

New York Daily News Marvelously exotic...the sensuous atmosphere of Salonica at dawn....A wild beautiful landscape is contested by scholarly anarchists and harem-bred militias...no one was completely guilty, no one completely innocent.

Edmonton Journal Wow. This book is amazing -- part adventure tale, part cautionary parable. It is proof that first-rate nonfiction need be neither boring nor pedantic. It can, in the hands of a brilliant writer, take even the most obscure and forgotten of events as its subject and still fascinate and educate.

Publishers Weekly A Byronic adventure and an early lesson in the perils of international power for the U.S....It's a gripping yarn.

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