Alvaro Uribe Velez "No Lost Causes"
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
Álvaro Uribe Vélez, former President of Colombia, will discuss his memoir "No Lost Causes." A book signing will follow the discussion.
Tickets are free for NPC members and $5 for all non-members. Space is limited. The author will only sign copies purchased through the National Press Club.
Just a decade ago, Colombia was regarded as a “failed state,” besieged by drug kingpins, terrorist groups, and abominable poverty. But since 2002, it has been dramatically transformed into a far more peaceful, stable modern democracy with a promising future. Now, former Colombian president Alvaro Uribe Velez, offers the untold story of how, at enormous personal risk, he refused to accept Colombia’s perilous status quo.
"No Lost Causes" reveals how President Uribe severely weakened the neo-terrorist group, the FARC, which held Colombia captive and caused the brutal murder of his father. It relates the gripping account of how President Uribe staged the daring (and bloodless) jungle rescue of Ingrid Betancourt in 2008, and eventually restored the rule of law across the country. It also provides a behind-the-scenes look at newsmaking U.S. foreign affairs and never before discussed details and dealings with various world leaders.
This event is a fundraiser for the National Press Club Journalism Institute.
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