Even Silence Has an End by Ingrid Betancourt
My Six Years of Captivity in the Colombian Jungle

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In this culture, kidnapping is a common political tactic. Because of this prevalence, the books of Betancourt and Márquez may be first in a series of notable captivity narratives focused on Colombia. If so, Betancourt’s will take a prominent place in the series.
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"Betancourt's riveting account...is an unforgettable epic of moral courage and human endurance." -Los Angeles Times

In the midst of her campaign for the Colombian presidency in 2002, Ingrid Betancourt traveled into a military-controlled region, where she was abducted by the FARC, a brutal terrorist guerrilla organization in conflict with the government. She would spend the next six and a half years captive in the depths of the Colombian jungle. Even Silence Has an End is her deeply moving and personal account of that time. The facts of her story are astounding, but it is Betancourt's indomitable spirit that drives this very special narrative-an intensely intelligent, thoughtful, and compassionate reflection on what it really means to be human.

 

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Born December 25, 1961, in Bogotá, Colombia, Ingrid Betancourt was a politician and presidential candidate celebrated for her determination to combat widespread corruption. In 2002 she was taken hostage by the FARC, a brutal terrorist guerrilla organization. For more than six and a half years, the FARC held her hostage in the Colombian jungle. She was rescued on July 2, 2008.
 
Published September 21, 2010 by Penguin Books. 604 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, History, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Philip Marchand on Oct 23 2010

In this culture, kidnapping is a common political tactic. Because of this prevalence, the books of Betancourt and Márquez may be first in a series of notable captivity narratives focused on Colombia. If so, Betancourt’s will take a prominent place in the series.

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