Short Walks from Bogotá

Short Walks from Bogotá
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Publisher : Penguin UK
Total Pages : 322
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ISBN-10 : 9781846145841
ISBN-13 : 1846145848
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Book Synopsis Short Walks from Bogotá by : Tom Feiling

Download or read book Short Walks from Bogotá written by Tom Feiling and published by Penguin UK. This book was released on 2012-08-30 with total page 322 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: For decades, Colombia was the 'narcostate'. Now travel to Colombia and South America is on the rise, and it's seen as one of the rising stars of the global economy. Where does the truth lie? Writer and journalist Tom Feiling, author of the acclaimed study of cocaine The Candy Machine, has journeyed throughout Colombia, down roads that were until recently too dangerous to travel, to paint a fresh picture of one of the world's most notorious and least-understood countries. He talks to former guerrilla fighters and their ex-captives; women whose sons were 'disappeared' by paramilitaries; the nomadic tribe who once thought they were the only people on earth and now charge $10 for a photo; the Japanese 'emerald cowboy' who made a fortune from mining; and revels in the stories that countless ordinary Colombians tell. How did a land likened to paradise by the first conquistadores become a byword for hell on earth? Why is one of the world's most unequal nations also one of its happiest? How is it rebuilding itself after decades of violence, and how successful has the process been so far? Vital, shocking, often funny and never simplistic, Short Walks from Bogota unpicks the tangled fabric of Colombia, to create a stunning work of reportage, history and travel writing.


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