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Hostage Nation: Colombias Guerrilla Army and the Failed War on Drugs
Hostage Nation: Colombias Guerrilla Army and the Failed War on Drugs by Victoria Bruce, Karin Hayes, Jorge Enrique Botero 0307271153 9780307271150
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Hostage Nation: Colombias Guerrilla Army and the Failed War on Drugs by Victoria Bruce, Karin Hayes, Jorge Enrique Botero

A blistering journalistic exposeacute;: an account of government negligence, corporate malfeasance, familial struggle, drugs, politics, murder, and a daring rescue operation in the Colombian jungle. On July 2, 2008, when three American private contractors and Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt were rescued after being held hostage with hundreds of others for more than five years by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the world was captivated by their personal narratives. But between the headlines a major story was lost: Who exactly are the FARC? How had a drug-funded revolutionary army managed to hold so many hostages for so long? Had our costly War on Drugs failed completely?Hostage Nationanswers these questions by exploring the complex and corrupt political and socioeconomic situation that enabled the FARC to gain unprecedented strength, influence, and impunity. It takes us behind the news stories to profile a young revolutionary in the making, an elite Colombian banker-turned-guerrilla, a hard-driven American federal prosecutor who was determined to convict the Colombian guerrilla on American soil, and a former FBI boss who worked tirelessly to end the hostage crisis while the U.S. government disregarded his most important tool-negotiation. With unprecedented access to the FARCrsquo;s hidden camps, exceptional research, and lucid and keen insight, the authors have produced a revelatory work of current history.

Author: Victoria Bruce, Karin Hayes, Jorge Enrique Botero

Language: English

Edition: 1

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 336

Publisher: Knopf

Publication Date: 2010-08-10

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ISBN: 0307271153


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