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Until Death Do Us Part

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  197 ratings  ·  37 reviews
In 2002, Colombian senator, anticorruption crusader, and presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt was kidnapped by leftist guerrillas. She was their prisoner for more than six years. Until now.Until Death Do Us Part is the deeply personal autobiography of an extraordinary woman who gave up a life of comfort and safety to become a political leader in a country slowly being ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Harper Perennial (first published 1989)
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Martha
A moving,inspiring, and hopeful memoir written by an amazing and charasmatic Colombian woman, Ingrid Betancourt, who has sacrificed herself on every level (including physically) in the hopes of bringing peace and justice to Colombia; a country who has been through hell and back, but whose people have never lost their endearing spirit, unwavering patriotism, and the dream of peace. I know this because my mother is one of them. I found myself riding a wave of emotions as I relived the struggles sh ...more
Carolyn Heinze
Not terribly well written; more like a really long election pamphlet, which I guess it is, considering when it was published. Provides a nice, simple rundown of how politics (don't) work in Colombia, though it would have been nice if she had dug a little deeper. I guess my biggest problem is that I'm skeptical of the blindly idealistic: I wonder if blind idealism can exist without underlying motives, and; blind idealism is often accompanied by an arrogance that puts the blindly idealistic into p ...more
Πάνος Τουρλής
Έχω διαβάσει πολλές αντικρουόμενες απόψεις για το χαρακτήρα της Μπετανκούρ κι ομολογώ ότι αυτό το βιβλίο το διάβασα με σκεπτικισμό. Μου άρεσε, με κράτησε, η γερουσιαστής γράφει καλά, ουσιαστικά και καίρια. Μέσα από το κείμενό της γνώρισα μια Κολομβία που δεν ήξερα ότι ήταν τόσο διεφθαρμένη, τόσο σάπια, μια χώρα όπου κυριαρχεί και ηγείται η Μαφία και τα καρτέλ ναρκωτικών, όπου δεν υπάρχει προσωπική πρωτοβουλία, όπου ο λαός χαλιναγωγείται από την τηλεόραση και τα καλώς πλασμένα και αληθοφανή "τεκμ ...more
Kelly Rincon
Such a good book. Simple, clear writing. Gave me my first real insight into Colombia, and why it was the way it was/is. She's such an inspiration.
Blair
Colombia

I have to process this a bit more before I finish (ahem, start) the review.

A thought before I review the book;
I think she really wanted to change Colombian politics.

I knew very little of her before I was given this book about two years ago. I knew she was a maverick politician, but knowing what Latin American politics are like I thought that it was a fly by night thing or that again folks are deluded in a great hope for someone to make happen the MASSIVE changes that need t be made.

I wan
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Andrea
In following the FARC, you can't help but feel for the families of those held hostage. In an attempt to make Betancourt more human, I read her autobiography. I enjoyed her book and I think she truthfully conveys the struggle within her to follow in her parents footsteps and make Colombia a better place and to live a safer life for her children. I think I wouldn't be giving much away to tell you that she ultimately chooses to return to Colombia and fight corruption, making her first and enemy of ...more
TonyAlmeida
"Deus quer, o Homem sonha e a obra nasce" parece ser o mote deste livro onde o empenho e uma extrema força de vontade parecem conseguir mover de
facto o mundo.

Trata-se de uma autobiografia política da Ingrid Betancourt, escrita pouco tempo antes do seu rapto pelas FARC (Forças Armadas Revolucionárias da Colômbia), onde relata a sua entrada na vida política colombiana - impelida pelo sua amor a este país sul-americano - e a sua luta contra o poder corrupto instalado, este sempre de mãos dadas com
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✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
I've always had conflicting feelings about Ingrid Betancourt. Of course her fight against corruption, against the drug lords who (seem to) finance the majority of the country's politicians, against electoral fraud, etc are all very worthy causes and I don't question Betancourt's motivations. What bothers me is that, from the very beginning (when she first ran to get elected as a Congress representative), the media (at least the French media) have been trying to make a saint of Betancourt and tur ...more
Shawn
Before going to Colombia South America I went though and checked out and read every book I could about the country from my library. This was one of the books.

I have to say this is the only biography that I ever read that at the end of the book I ACTIVELY disliked the person. Usually when you read about someone's hardship and struggles you end up with some degree of empathy for them. The entire time I read this book I kept on thinking...what a b&*^%$ (witch works well here too).

While Mrs Be
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Danielle
Ingrid Betancourt does a stunning job portraying Colombian society and political situations through clear, straight-forward tones. Her memoir is filled with insight to what made her the strong politician she became and the cultural context in which the corruption in Colomnbia grew. She puts a human face on inhuman circumstances, and makes the key players in Colombia's history come to life through her point of views. There is also an element of humor throughout the book- Ingrid won her first camp ...more
Deirdre
I bought this book (in paperback, for $20 at an airport) because the cover says "Kidnapped February 23, 2002, Rescued July 2, 2008." Then on the back cover, in large letters, at the top, it says Betancourt "was kidnapped by leftist guerillas. She was their prisoner for more than six years. Until now." So it seemed quite fair to assume the book was about her being kidnapped. No. It is not. It is essentially an election/political rant against her opponents. This is not the book that was advertised ...more
Aimee
I read this book in less than 24hrs-- it was that good and interesting. It was more of a historical account of the Colombian gov't from an insiders view within the 1980's and 90's. i picked up the book thinking it was a book about Ms. Betancourt's time of captivity within the FARC and the aftermath: it was not.

However i am not disappointed because it helped me gain a great understanding of Colombia's troubles and how it has been slowly overcoming its obstacles. Like Ms. Betancourt, i too have h
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Tama
Held by FARC guerilla's since 2002, this Colombian politician is an extraordinary, unique, woman. (Last photo of her was released November 2007). Used as a political hostage,there is some hope for her release..however, as others have been freed, she remains captive as a "high ranking" hostage. No current knowledge of her status...Her book reads like a gutsy survivors tale and I hope it ends the same. If you want to effect change in Colombian Politics, you are aware that you may very well pay for ...more
Anna
I finished the book with a cursory understanding Colombian politics during the years leading up to and following the slaying of drug trafficker Pablo Escobar in 1993. She described her gilded early years and her eventual decision to leave her life as a French diplomat's wife to return to Colombia to become involved in politics. Betancourt drove home the necessity of Columbia to rid itself of corruption and mafia influence and of her involvement in enabling reforms such as extradition. This book ...more
Stephanie
I happened on this book by accident while Sam and I were on vacation in Vancouver and I'm glad I did, I've since read to others about the plight of Ingrid and those with her in captivity.

Another strong, strong (even stubborn) woman. All I can say is people like her can change the world, Colombia is not a place I would be willing to wage any battle (YIKES!) but Ingrid does to her own peril...

A little heavy on the political stuff but I like that sort of thing, you can see what makes the world go r
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Jcdery
Helped me wrap my mind around the malignancy known as the FARC.
Ingrid
Sep 29, 2008 Ingrid rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone who is inspired to change the world
Recommended to Ingrid by: Martha
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Susannah
I read this book about 4 years ago and was heart broken upon finishing the book to learn that Ingrid Betancourt had been kidnapped by the FARC and hadn't been heard from in 3 years. So I was so excited when she and 14 other prisoners (including 3 Americans) were rescued from captivity a few months ago. I'm hoping that she'll write another book, but I decided to re-read her first autobiography just to refresh my memory. Ingrid Betancourt is an amazingly heroic woman and one of my heroes. Her book ...more
Jennifer
I loved learning more about politics in Colombia, South America through the experiences of Ingrid Betancourt. Although I admire her dedication to her country, I found myself questioning some of her personal life decisions as they related to her political aspirations. I wish I would have read this book FIRST and then read OUT OF CAPTIVITY. She plays a part in the second book and I would have liked to understand her a bit more before reading about what happens a few years later.
Marion Kipiani
A moving account of political life in Colombia during the 1990s and early 2000s, intelligently written by a strong and courageous woman.
Valerie
Ingrid Belancourt is a lady with deep passion to change the corrupt ways of the government leaders of Columbia. Since a young age, she has loved listening to her parents and friends talk about Columbia's government and the needs of the people. This book is a true account of what Ingrid experienced as she struggled to make Columbia a better place.
Damian Engelman
"Socialism is a heroic batlle with the problems not known in any other system".This book is another example. Ingrid dedicated her life to fight the corruption. Eliminate the causes and you wouldn'thave to worry about the effects, but I have to give her a lot of credit.Amazing courage, perseverance, integrity, loyalty. Brave,stand alone fighter.
Masanaka Takashima
The author of this book and a politician, Ingrid, got released some months ago after being taken as a hostage by FARC for 6 years. This great news made me want to read what was written by her. The book is a real page-turner, and you'll be amazed to see how she fought against conventional political corruption with her own personal touch.
Suzanne
This is a autobiography from a colombian politician who had ideas to change a corrupt government. But she was kidnapped for several years and just recently released in a stunning escape. An interesting book about a culture I didn't really know anything about.
Carol Hallifax
Ingrid Betancourt is a courageous dedicated woman and her life proves it. Against all odds she triumphs but there is so much more that she wants to do for her country, Columbia. If you want to read about a strong woman you will be amazed by this story.
Amanda
Ingrid has great ideals, yet is so self-absorbed throughout the book that even her best thoughts can barely shine through. Still the book serves as an easy to read introduction to basic Colombian modern history and politics.
mauricio garcia
rogue politican that brought the colombian political climate some much needed change. latest word is that she is still alive and will be released from guerilla captivity after over 5 years as a hostage.
Jdavidzapata
Learn about Ingrid and its pampered life. Her struggle to try to help her parents country when she became Colombia senator and her love for France, Colombia and her family
Sarah
I read this while Ingrid Betancourt was still being held hostage in Colombia. What a surprise and joy to wake up one morning and see her on the news being rescued!
Alyce
Interesting insider view of corruption in Colombian politics: I read in one day. I can't wait until she writes another to recount her struggle in captivity.
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Former Colombian politician, mostly known for being kidnapped by the FARC.

Was voted in the Colombian congress in 1998 and was kidnapped by the FARC in 2002 during her presidential campaign until she was freed in 2008.
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