Out of Captivity

Out of Captivity

Surviving 1,967 Days in the Colombian Jungle

Book - 2009
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In "Out of Captivity," Gonsalves, Stansell, and Howes recount for the first time their amazing tale of survival, friendship, and, ultimately, rescue, tracing their five and a half years as hostages of the FARC--a Colombian terrorist and Marxist rebel organization.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2009.
ISBN: 9780061769528
0061769525
9780061769535
0061769533
Call Number: 986.1063 GONSALVES
Characteristics: xx, 457 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm
Subjects: Gonsalves, Marc -- Captivity, 2003-2008.
Howes, Tom -- Captivity, 2003-2008.
Stansell, Keith -- Captivity, 2003-2008.
Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia.
Hostages -- Colombia -- 21st century -- Biography.
War -- Protection of civilians -- Colombia.
United States -- Foreign relations -- Colombia.
Colombia -- Foreign relations -- United States.

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Librarian_Deb Oct 16, 2018

This harrowing account from 3 Americans--Marc, Tom, and Keith--who were held hostage by FARC in Columbia will leave you thankful for your mundane life. The three were part of a team that was doing survellience work, the book starts with their plane crashing in the jungle where they immediately find themselves under machine gun fire by the FARC. The 3 are seperated from the others (who didn't make it out) and so starts their journey of forced marches, hellish camps, and abuse by their captors--and surprisingly other hostages as well. Their account is straightforward, honest, and full of enough details to make me grateful for the safely of my everyday life. It is a powerful tale of survival, I highly recommend it to fans of survival stories or anyone who has an interest in International culture/politics.

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manuelfigueroa2
Apr 13, 2011

Loved this book, I am buying it to read it again. I am sure I'll discover things I missed the first time.

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peacelovewesties
Feb 21, 2011

Tom, Marc and Keith take turns recounting their years of captivity in the Colombian jungle by FARC terrorists, a story also covered by Ingrid Betancourt, the Colombian Presidential candidate. The comments made by the Americans are much more objective than Ingrid's - same story different perspective. The bond between the three men is a constant throughout the book. They are much less negative in their comments about their fellow hostages and it probably is a truer account of what really took place. It is a truly fascinating story about unbelievable strength and the quest for survival.

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