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by Garry Leech

Independent journalist Garry Leech has spent the last eight years working in the most remote and dangerous regions of Colombia. Unlike other Western reporters, most of whom rarely leave Bogotá, Leech learns the truth about conflicts and the U.S. war on drugs directly from the source: farmers, male and female guerrillas, union organizers, indigenous communities, and many others.Beyond Bogotá is framed around the eleven hours that Leech was held captive by the FARC, Colombia's largest leftist guerrilla group, in August 2006. Drawing on unprecedented access to soldiers, guerrillas, paramilitaries, and peasants in conflict zones and cocaine-producing areas, Leech's documentary memoir is an epic tale of a journalist's search for meaning in the midst of violence and poverty. This compelling account provides fresh insights into U.S. foreign policy, the role of the media, and the plight of everyday Colombians caught in the middle of a brutal war.
Download Beyond Bogota: Diary of a Drug War Journalist in Colombia epub
ISBN: 0807061484
ISBN13: 978-0807061480
Category: History
Subcategory: Americas
Author: Garry Leech
Language: English
Publisher: Beacon Press; 1 edition (February 1, 2010)
Pages: 280 pages
ePUB size: 1134 kb
FB2 size: 1709 kb
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 754
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Excellent view from the ground on the realities of the 'War on Drugs' in Colombia. Makes me utterly sick to think we were dropping poison on poor farmers to stop rich college kids and hollywood stars inthe U.S. from snorting powder up their noses. Throw some of the users in jail for 30 years and see how fast the 'war' ends. Which will never happen of course so why bother with the other end? The War is over, declare defeat and go home. People will do drugs, let them face the consequences themselves. I do think he goes out of his way to minimize and exculpate the actions of the FARC which is the main reason I dropped one star, which I doubt will bother Mr. Leech one bit. But for man to risk life itself to tell the story as he sees it from the actual ground is something to admire. Well done.
Read this on the way to and in Bogota trying to brush up on the history while in Colombia. It definitely reads like a novel but obviously it's all true. Makes me want to read more on the subject.
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I needed the information for a novel I've written and the first hand account of Colombia was perfect. I was rewarded with a piece of the world I knew little about. In America we often think drugs and drug dealers as some group of folks in a bubble, but this side of all that business is so important. I wish many people would read this and increase their understanding of the drug business.
Interesting book for anyone interested in the Colombian drug wars and anti terrorist
campaigns in the recent past. The author reports from areas that other journalist
refuse to enter and lets us know the connections of the Colombian military and
paramilitaries in the horrendous human rights abuses that have occurred
in that country. Also discussion of the United States involvement.
I found the book to pretty much on the mark, as some one who spent several years in the Central and South American area or operation, the only thing that I find distrubing is the author's options on the subject, I felt he was leaning to the left on many of the issue, while he does address many of the issues in the area, he missed the main mark. Corruption is a way of life in the area from the top to the bottom, until the Government is fixed, the issue will continue. I suggest reading "Hunting Pablo Escobar", another good read, both should be read to give thought too
Fast, honest.
I think this is a very good book about conditions in the Zonas today. A few stories seem anecdotal but by and large, it describes Colombia very well. It hasn't changed much in 40 years.