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No Lost Causes

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One of the most inspiring and successful global leaders of the early 21st century explains how bold, imaginative leadership can solve even the most intractable problems--and why there is no such thing as a lost cause.
It's one of the great, unexpected turnaround stories in modern history: Just a decade ago, Colombia was regarded as a "failed state," besieged by megalomania
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ebook, 272 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by Celebra (first published September 4th 2012)
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Hadrian
I do not need to state that one must be especially cautious when reading political memoirs. Sr. Uribe Velez's book deserves special analysis, simply due to the enormity of his ambition and how much of that he has carried out.

Most Americans have an image of what Colombia was in the 1980s and 1990s - drug lords, Pablo Escobar, paramilitary bandits, civil war, and perhaps FARC, which claimed to fight imperialism and terror, and thus kidnapped and exterminated villagers which were 'class enemies'. C
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Zachrobhan
FANTASTIC BOOK!Alvaro Uribe is a true statesman for his role in transforming Colombia from a failed state to a regional power. When he took over Colombia FARC and other terrorists controlled much of Colombia and scared away investment. By the time Uribe left office the number of terrorist groups were cut in half and the nation's GDP doubled. I think it is very likely that Uribe will go down as one of the greatest leaders that South America has ever had.

The book itself was a very compelling read.
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Bobby
Quick read with not a ton of substance. Reads like Musharraf's bio--"I was here for a reason" and "I was saved from certain death on numerous occasions because I have a noble purpose" and all that jazz.

The book does give you a great look into Uribe's psyche and how personal the internal conflict was/is to him. I also liked the more detailed information on some of the more important decisions during his presidency (Jacque, extradition stuff, cross-border ops, etc.). Uribe comes off as a man who u
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Carlos Valbuena
Soy venezolano, pero viví durante los años 90 en Colombia siendo un niño y siento una afinidad por Colombia mucho mayor de la que tenemos los venezolanos al nacer, dicho de forma simplista, quiero que a Colombia le salga todo bien, excepto los partidos contra nuestra Vinotinto.

Creo que este libro tiene que ser interesante para cualquier colombiano medianamente interesado en la política, siendo Uribe un personaje que claramente cambió la historia de nuestros hermanos vecinos (lo de hermanos es m
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Breakingviews
By Raul Gallegos

Latin America needs more leaders like Alvaro Uribe. “No Lost Causes,” the former Colombian president’s account of his administration, may at times be self-serving. But it shows how he helped turn a war-torn Colombia from a near-failed state to a top investment destination. Uribe's security gains remain frail, but his successes dwarf those of his leftist peers in Latin America.

Uribe's story is as remarkable as it is unlikely. When he took office in 2002, a weak government was quic
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Ray
This is a memoir by the greatest statesman the Americas have produced in the last generation. The things Colombia faced under his presidency and the way things have turned around since then are scary and inspiring.

In 2002, Colombia was well on its way to failed statehood; today, it's a promising country with some residual problems. Uribe's blend of participatory democracy with the reassertion of the state's monopoly on violence against the narcoterrorists makes for immensely interesting reading
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Quinn
Most people will read this book and love Uribe and think Chavez and Corea are idiots. I get the feeling Uribe is the Reagan of Columbia. It’s pretty cool how strong he was as a leader with such an unruly country on his hands. I was especially impressed by his assumption of responsibility when things went wrong and his quick reaction to national tragedy. It seemed that almost minutes after something wrong happened he was on a plane to investigate, examine or mourn the case.
Seth
Columbia was a lost cause, and now it isn't, and you've got to attribute that to Uribe and his staff and their boundless energy and optimism. To have guerrillas and terrorists operating out in the open and both of your neighboring countries harboring and supporting them while they kidnap presidential candidates and pregnant women and murder almost at will . . . it reminded me a lot of Book of Mormon stories about struggles with the Gadianton Robbers, but in modern times. In those conditions, its ...more
Javier
I really enjoyed this book. I feel a connection to Colombia, having grown up in Ecuador, stayed in Bogota for three weeks, and having a brother who lived in Colombia for two years. Alvaro Uribe must be one of the best presidents Latin America has seen. The problems in Colombia due kidnappings, murders, bombings, etc by the narcoguerrillas and paramilitary groups were disheartening. It was so fun to read how the Colombian government started to turn things around, rescue hostages, and little by li ...more
Diego Parada
Excelentes lecciones de vida y de liderazgo de alguien que logró cambios importantes en su país a costa de grandes dificultades y riesgos
Melina O.
Each chapter is short but it packs a punch.

His life reads like an action film at times. But I guess thats how the presidency must be like in Colombia. I definitely see why my family was so pro-Uribe and still are.

I recommend the book for those who are interested in international politics with no bias. No point in reading a book and scoffing at every sentence.
Edith
It is leaders like President Uribe that reinstates hope that it is possible to make the world better one person and one village at a time. His humility is none I have ever seen in a modern leader.

After reading this book, I wanted to go to Columbia and still plan on going. The stereotypical fear of being kidnapped or killed are no longer there.
Luis
Excellent book!! This is by far the best leader that Colombia has had. The book is not only a recount of the events that happened during his presidency, but also his ideas about leadership.

Great book!!
Heather7
Nice clear writing. I liked the short chapters. It seemed very edited to give a positive spin on everything he did, yet the facts are believable.
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Álvaro Uribe Vélez fue Presidente de Colombia entre 2002 y 2010. Durante su presidencia, la violencia se redujo a los niveles más bajos de los últimos tiempos. El país logró importantes victorias militares contra las FARC, y desmanteló a los grupos paramilitares. Durante la presidencia de Uribe, Colombia alcanzó también sus mayores niveles de inversión y de exportaciones, así como la mayor cobertu ...more
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