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No Lost Causes by [Velez, Alvaro Uribe]
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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."

About the Author

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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  • File Size: 976 KB
  • Print Length: 335 pages
  • Publisher: Celebra (October 2, 2012)
  • Publication Date: October 2, 2012
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007FEFEAU
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Until Alvaro Uribe was elected as its president, Colombia was a country in name only. It was a land of isolated cities surrounded by an almost impenetrable terrain of mountains and jungles where FARC and ELN leftist guerillas, paramilitary vigilantes, narco-traffickers, and other outlaws reigned supreme. Citizens put their lives in danger as soon as they passed the checkpoints around the towns and ventured into the country. Almost every Colombian family has a member who was kidnapped or murdered by one or another of these terrorist groups.

Try to imagine this incident happening almost EVERY DAY in America: A family driving from Atlanta to Nashville gets stopped at a guerilla roadblock on I-24. They get dragged out of their cars and watch the guerillas machine-gun their elderly grandparents with AK-47s, then carry the children off to a mountain hideout, saying they will murder them if the parents don't return with a ransom.

This barbarity was a NORMAL part of life in Colombia prior to Uribe being elected president. For over a century the national government, holed up in the cities, had taken a hands-off approach to the reign of terror in the countryside.

Uribe explains the essence of life in Colombia that he knew growing up:

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For as long as I can remember, there has been a paradox at the heart of Colombian life. On the one hand, our country suffers from its well-known maladies and afflictions. On the other, it is a country that is also capable of stunning, almost inconceivable goodness-- a place where the laughter seems heartier, the food tastes better, and the sun shines brighter than anywhere else. The overwhelming majority of our lives take place in the latter place.
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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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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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