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Until Death Do Us Part: My Struggle to Reclaim Colombia

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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
Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 19th 2008 by Harper Perennial (first published 1989)
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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
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Het boek geeft een goed beeld van de corrupte toestanden in Colombia. Ja, corruptie is inherent aan macht en machtsuitoefenig en is dus moeilijk te veranderen of uit te roeien. Dat blijkt ook weer in dit boek.
Ingrid Bétancourt's schrijftrant is boeiend. Ik heb nog 2 boeken van haar liggen en ga die hier gelijk achteraan lezen.
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
Carol Hallifax
Sep 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Kelly Rincon
Mar 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
✘✘ 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
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
Apr 29, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: international
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
"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
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
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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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