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Author Bruce, Victoria, 1966-

Title Hostage nation : Colombia's guerrilla army and the failed war on drugs / Victoria Bruce and Karin Hayes with Jorge Enrique Botero.

Published New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2010.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  986.10635 BRUC    AVAILABLE
Edition 1st ed.
Physical description xiv, 315 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents 1. "These Gringos Fell to Us from the Sky!" -- 2. Rules of Engagement -- 3. The Elegant Guerrilla -- 4. Friends and Neighbors -- 5. Contractor -- 6. Making Deals -- 7. The River Queen -- 8. El CaguÞn -- 9. The Exchangeables -- 10. Fallout -- 11. The Second Crash -- 12. Botero -- 13. Proof of Life -- 14. Capture and Extradition -- 15. The Jungle -- 16. Trial -- 17. Emmanuel -- 18. Tucker on the Mountain -- 19. Operaciʻn Jaque -- 20. Reintegration.
Notes "A Borzoi Book."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [287]-298) and index.
Summary ""In this thrilling account of the origins and workings of the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia), Bruce, Hayes, and Botero...marshal years of research into the guerrilla group, the Colombian drug trade, and the story of three American private contractors and Ingrid Betancourt...FARC's history is expertly interwoven into a narrative that includes intimate details of the lives of the hostages, their families back home, and those who worked for their release...No book published in the United States in the last decade details the activities of the FARC, the Colombian and U.S. military, the flailing war on drugs, and President Alvaro Uribe's administration in such a well-rounded and unbiased way."͠Publishers Weekly (starred review)" ""A pointed case study in unintended consequences͠in this case, of the war against drugs spilling out into civil war, and vice versa."͠Kirkus Reviews" ""A thoroughly informed and sharp-minded account of some of the most dramatic episodes in Colombia's endless wars, and a clear-sighted condemnation of the United States' bungled war on drugs."͠Alma Guillermoprieto, author of Dancing with Cuba" "A blistering journalistic expose: 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 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 Nation answers these questions by exploring the complex and corrupt political and socioeconomic situations 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 and the hard-driven American federal prosecutor determined to convict him 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 tool͠negotiation." "With unprecedented access to the FARC's hidden camps, exceptional research, and lucid and keen insight, the authors have produced a revelatory work of current history." "Jorge Enrique Botero is a Colombian journalist and best-selling author. He is the only journalist who ever gained access to the American hostages while they were held by the FARC."--BOOK JACKET.
Other author Hayes, Karin.
Botero, Jorge Enrique, 1956-
Subject Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia.
Political kidnapping -- Colombia.
Hostages -- Colombia.
Guerrillas -- Colombia -- History -- 21st century.
Drug control -- United States -- History -- 21st century.
Colombia -- Politics and government -- 21st century.
ISBN 9780307271150