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Author Giampietri, Luis.

Title 41 seconds to freedom : an insider's account of the Lima Hostage Crisis, 1996-97 / Luis Giampietri with Bill Salisbury and Lorena Ausejo.

Published New York : Ballantine Books, 2007.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  985.0643 GIAM    AVAILABLE
Edition 1st ed.
Physical description xvii, 202 pages 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents 1 Takedown 3 -- 2 Dead Dogs and Good Terrorists 12 -- 3 Houdinis 22 -- 4 Census: "I Am Admiral Giampietri of Callao" 28 -- 5 Foreign Minister Calls the President 38 -- 6 Papa Noel 49 -- 7 Merry Christmas 57 -- 8 Tara 72 69 -- 9 Cumpas and Companeros 76 -- 10 Chavin de Huantar: The Tunnels 88 -- 11 Only God Can make a Tree 98 -- 12 "La Cucaracha" with a Salsa Beat 106 -- 13 El Fronton: A Peruvian Alcatraz 116 -- 14 People's Tribunal 125 -- 15 Chavin de Huantar: The Tunnels Reuealed 133 -- 16 Chavin de Huantar: Dress Rehearsal 144 -- 17 Tightening Screw 149 -- 18 "The Pigs Are in the Parlor!" "Mary Is Sick!" 156 -- 19 Forty-one Seconds from Terror to freedom 166 -- 20 Requiem for a Rescue 176.
Summary "On December 18, 1996, more than six hundred VIPs were attending the birthday party of the Japanese ambassador to Peru at his elegant residence. Political figures, business leaders, and socialites mingled in a tented pavilion on expansive grounds. Then, without warning, fourteen masked, heavily armed figures burst in." "Members of the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement (MRTA), a deadly Cuban-influenced band of insurgents, the terrorists demanded the release of four hundred of their comrades from prison - or they would kill all the hostages. The event inspired a media frenzy - especially when Peru's president, Alberto Fujimori, refused to negotiate." "What the public didn't know was that Fujimori had immediately begun planning a military assault and its success would depend on the help of one particular party guest." "Luis Giampietri had been a field commander of special operations forces that had fought terrorists, including the MRTA. His quick suppression of a prison mutiny by Shining Path revolutionaries had made him a feared enemy. Now, dismissed by his captors as a harmless retiree, he became a crucial component of a complex commando rescue operation." "41 Seconds to Freedom is Giampietri's inside account of the unnerving ordeal and its resolution through heroism and sheer audacity. Here he tells how he used his pager to reveal to the commandos outside the terrorists' positions, habits, and tactics; how one young female terrorist became infatuated with a Japanese hostage - with fateful consequences; how a Red Cross employee was discovered to be in league with the MRTA; and how the rescue took all of 41 seconds from start to finish." "But Giampietri's story doesn't end when the crisis did. The corruption inquiry after President Fujimori's subsequent fall from power cast doubt on the entire operation, painting liberators as executioners and making Giampietri feel "forever a hostage.""--BOOK JACKET.
Other author Salisbury, Bill.
Ausejo, Lorena, 1962-
Subject Giampietri, Luis.
Movimiento Revolucionario Túpac Amaru.
Embassy takeovers -- Peru -- Lima.
Hostages -- Peru -- Lima.
Peru -- Armed Forces -- Search and rescue operations.
Variant Title Forty-one seconds to freedom.
ISBN 9780891419075 (hardcover : alk. paper)