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Excerpt from the WSJ book 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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Alvaro Uribe Velez was President of Colombia between 2002 and 2010. During his presidency, violence fell to the lowest levels in recent memory as the country achieved important military victories against the FARC and dismantled paramilitary groups. While Mr. Uribe was in office, Colombia also reached its highest-ever levels of investment and exports—and achieved the highest health and education coverage in the country’s history. By the end of his term, his popularity rating was above 80 percent—another modern record in Colombia.

Before becoming president, Mr. Uribe was a senator, governor of Antioquia state, and mayor of Medellin, among other positions. He holds a degree in Law and Political Science from Universidad de Antioquia and a postgraduate degree from Harvard University in Management and Administration. At Harvard, he also studied Conflict Resolution. He was a Senior Associate Member from Saint Antony’s College at Oxford University. Since leaving the presidency, Mr. Uribe has served as a visiting scholar at several universities and as vice chairman of the UN Secretary Panel of Inquiry investigating the May 2010 flotilla incident in Gaza. Nowadays, he’s a Fellow in the Bipartisan Policy Center.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Celebra (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451413814
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451413819
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #881,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a Colombian living in the U.S. I saw the presidency of Alvaro Uribe as the one and last hope Colombia had. I witnessed through the news the events that took place during his presidency, and this book corroborates and details those moments I followed so closely, plus other events that weren't so publicly disclosed. He is an amazing person, smart, caring, an idealist of the best kind. He doesn't dream on clouds, he sees potential in all the positives of a situation without ignoring the negatives. I will always and forever be an admirer him and of his presidency, and I continue to follow all his efforts nationally and internationally to see Colombia walk towards a better future. His book is concise, precise, and well written. The events flow nicely from one chapter to another, I couldn't put it down! Highly recommended if you are a student of Latin American social and political current events. A good lesson on strong leadership.
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This book is a perfect book for those wanting to understand how Colombia went from being nearly a "failed state" to being the darling of investors looking to expand in the emerging region. The story of Colombia under Uribe Velez is one of hope, hard work, sacrifice, and the unequivocal belief that, quoting former President Uribe, "all human problems have a human solution." On top of this book narrating a great story, it is a pleasure to read (i.e. it flows very easily).
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Over the last 10 years I spent almost 2 years cumulative during my many visits to Colombia. I observed Uribe on TV many times and was impressed with his transparency and penchant for telling the truth. Although he has long speeches. The book answered a lot of questions I had regarding his actions against the FARC. I was impressed with his leadership and always wondered what motivated him to trade his life to save Colombia. I was also pleased to see he did so much to improve the social programs in Colombia.

Almost all the Colombians I met will tell you how much they love their country, and in the same conversation tell how they bought themselves out of serving in the military. Uribe in his book describes how he and a lot of his fellowmen are much different than a large percentage of the Colombian population.

The book played down some of his weak spots, in my opinion. He did mention his temper, but I saw it in action one time and for a little guy, he can sure explode!

A very good book to read about Colombia. I hope its required reading for students in Colombia and any student of political science.

On the future of Uribe, I hear he might run for a seat in the Colombian senate, but I hope he finds other ways to use his energy.

On the future of Colombia, I hope Santos gets a little more grit in dealing with the FARC. At present, I suspect if he wrote a book, it will be titled "Tiptoeing through the tulips".
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As a Dutchman having lived in Colombia for many years and having suffered the death of a relative
in an attack in Colombia, I found this book very impressive, because it exposes the true nature of the FARC and its claws on
Colombia for many decades.I hope with president Santos the new approach of "talks"with the FARC will not lead to a backlash
again. I would also like to use this platform to express my repudiation of the holandesa Tanja Nijmeijer who is naively being
used as an "ïnnocently looking" woman guerrillera, but has in effect colombian blood on her hands. Shame on her and all the other
so-called freedom fighters.
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This book is one I couldn't put down. The author is not only a good writer, but a living example of what the world needs, brave and honest leadership. In addition to explaining how the fight to save the country from violent gangs was won, the author also offers insight into the communist infiltration of western institutions, of interest to anyone who believes in individual freedom. It's interesting to see the bad advice given by European institutions. Fortunately for Colombians, it was ignored.
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I joined the financial industry as an analyst when my team was debating at a big investment bank whether it was even worth adding Colombia to our economic coverage in 2001. Today in 2013 I spend a considerable amount of time talking to investors who are trying to figure out how to get their hands in the Colombian local markets which imposes a significant tax of 14% to foreigners who invest in the local TES instruments. Despite the tax, its rather confusing rules and non-deliverability of the colombian peso, big investors managing trillions of dollars are marching ahead to open accounts locally in Colombia, converting their dollars, euros, yen etc to colombian peso to buy local bonds, equity, loans etc. All of this change happened during Uribe's presidency. I read the book like a thriller. Investors are brutal and they can shun a country like old clothing. I wanted to know how this change was made possible. I am glad I read this book! Whether you agree with Uribe or not, what is undeniable is the change in Colombia for the better during his administration.
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Informative, interesting and factual, subjective but that is what is to be expected. Uribe also criticizes himself as well as praises his accomplishments.... in short, a pleasure to read and I wish there were a sequel. Colombia is a jewel of a country and may it continue to benefit and carry on with Uribe's fine work.
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