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Hostage Nation: Colombia’s Guerrilla Army and the Failed War on Drugs

With Hostage Nation authors Victoria Bruce, Karin Hayes and Jorge Enrique Botero.

Hostage Nation won the 2010 WOLA/Duke Book Award for best book in English about human rights in Latin America. The authors will read from their blistering journalistic exposé, which tells a story 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: Hostage Nation tells this story by exploring the complex and corrupt political and socioeconomic situations that enabled the FARC to gain unprecedented strength, influence, and impunity.

The Regulator Book Store will provide books for purchase before and after the reading.

Co-sponsored by the Duke Human Rights Center, the Archive for Human Rights and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, with generous support from the Duke Office of Global Strategy and Programs



December 7, 2010
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Rare Book Room – Perkins Library
411 Chapel Drive
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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