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No lost causes /
Álvaro Uribe Vélez.
imprint
New York : Celebra, c2012.
description
330 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0451413814 (hbk.), 9780451413819 (hbk.)
format(s)
Book
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imprint
New York : Celebra, c2012.
isbn
0451413814 (hbk.)
9780451413819 (hbk.)
general note
"A Celebra book."
catalogue key
9051194
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [329]-330).
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Excerpt from the WSJbook review "The Man Who Saved Colombia" "Certain political leaders, whatever their aspirations, become overwhelmed by events they once thought they could master...Other leaders, though, meet enormous challenges with a vision and a resolve that allow them to shape events and guide the course of history...To this second group belongs Alvaro Uribe Vélez...What is most interesting about No Lost Causes...isn't so much the narrative of [Mr. Uribe's] achievements but the insights he offers into his own character and the life experiences that created it."
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Wall Street Journal, October 2012
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Summaries
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Besieged by drugs gangs, terrorists and poverty, Columbia was regarded as a failing state just a decade ago. But since 2002 it has been dramatically transformed into a far more peaceful, stable, modern democracy. Velez reveals his personal untold story of how, at enormous personal risk, he enforced the battle on drugs and terror wrought by criminal gangs.
Main Description
Colombia was regarded as a Ofailing stateO just a decade ago. But since 2002, it has been transformed into a far more stable and modern democracy. Now the former president, who led the transformation, offers the untold story of how he refused to accept the perilous status quo.
Main Description
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 megalomaniacal drug kingpins, ruthless terrorist groups, and abominable poverty. But since 2002, it has been dramatically transformed into a far more peaceful, stable modern democracy with a promising future. Now, the man who led the transformation, former Colombian president Alvaro Uribe Velez, offers the untold story of how, at enormous personal risk, he refused to accept Colombia's perilous status quo. Extremely captivating, No Lost Causesreveals how President Uribe severely weakened the neo-terrorist group, the FARC, which held Colombia captive and caused the brutal murder of his father. It relates the gripping account of how President Uribe staged the daring (and bloodless) jungle rescue of Ingrid Betancourt in 2008, and eventually restored the rule of law across the country. It also explores practical lessons of hands-on management-relevant to both political and business leaders-and provides a thrilling behind-the-scenes look at newsmaking U.S. foreign affairs and never before discussed details and dealings with various world leaders. Unlike any other presidential memoir, No Lost Causesis not only a compelling story of leadership, but an epic, heart-racing account of how bravery and hope gave a failing nation a brighter future.

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