Jessica Buchanan: Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau

Jessica Buchanan

Humanitarian Aid Worker; New York Times Best-Selling Co-Author

On October 25, 2011, Jessica Buchanan and a colleague were kidnapped at gunpoint by Somali land pirates and held for 93 days, enduring the most harrowing and painful experience of her life. On the day of her kidnapping, she silently said to herself, “Some do come out alive, the numbers are small but they do exist.”

During her captivity, she was terrorized by her captors, held outdoors in a scrub desert and kept on a starvation diet. With her health steadily deteriorating her husband, Erik Landemalm, was furiously working behind the scenes with the FBI, professional hostage negotiators, and the United States government in negotiating her release.

Finally, after fruitless negotiations with her captors and her medical state becoming a life-or-death issue, President Barack Obama ordered Navy SEAL Team Six to attempt a rescue. On January 25, 2012 members of SEAL Team Six attacked the heavily-armed captors killing all and airlifting Buchanan and her colleague to safety.

Through this experience, Buchanan learned that the human spirit is indomitable. Today she shares with audiences the tools she quickly learned to find strength to face any situation no matter how large or small the challenges or obstacles. She learned first-hand how to remain hopeful, dig deep even when you feel completely empty of any resources and trust your instincts as all can find the inner strength to face any situation.

Buchanan chronicled the story in the New York Times best-seller and 2013 USA Best Book Award/Autobiography, Impossible Odds: The Kidnapping of Jessica Buchanan and Her Dramatic Rescue by SEAL Team Six (2013). Her book is in development now for a Clint Eastwood movie at Warner Bros. and the script has been written by Brian Helgeland, an Academy Award winning screenwriter.

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  • The Kidnapping and Rescue as a Factual Event
  • How to Find Hope in the Aftermath
  • The Democratization in Somalia and the Horn of Africa

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