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"Garry Leech belongs in the company of a handful of war correspondents—Patrick Cockburn, Robert Fisk, Christian Parenti—who have been risking life and limb to bring to light the catastrophic human and environmental consequences of U.S. foreign policy. In prose that is clear, calm, and vivid, Leech relates the harrowing experience of being kidnapped by the largest rebel group in America's forgotten war in Colombia. Beyond Bogotá is thus an extraordinary portrait of grace under pressure-not only of the author himself, but of ordinary Colombians fighting for social justice and a negotiated peace to total war. Leech's unforgettable story is part of their story, and part of ours as well."—Forrest Hylton, author of Evil Hour in Colombia
"If you really want to know what life is like for rural Colombians who are living through the horrors of the country's brutal-and under-reported-internal conflict, read this book. Having reported from Colombia myself, I can vouch for Garry Leech's honesty-and bravery. This no-frills book grips you from first page to the last." —Sue Branford, journalist, former Latin American analyst for BCC World Service and co-author of Chemical Warfare in Colombia: The Costs of Coca Fumigation
"Leech's Beyond Bogotá is critical to understanding the so-called 'War on Drugs' waged by the U.S. government in Colombia. To hear the government line about U.S. involvement in Colombia, stay tuned to the establishment media. If you want the truth about the reality on the ground there, read this book."—Dahr Jamail, author of Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq
"Garry Leech has seen more of Colombia than almost anyone, often at great personal risk. In Beyond Bogotá, a gripping and inspired book, he tells us what he saw and heard. Leech has created an essential volume for anyone who wants to understand Colombia's conflict, or indeed the U.S. role in Latin America."—Adam Isacson, Director of Programs, Center for International Policy (Washington DC)