Colombian presidential candidate Betancourt's face flooded the international media in the spring of 2002 when the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC), the country's most powerful rebel group, kidnapped her at the height of her well-publicized campaign. This best-selling, controversially candid political memoir was originally published in French in 2001 and subsequently translated into 20 other languages. The book was first rejected for publication in Colombia because it hangs out national politicians' dirty laundry. In it Betancourt boldly accuses former president Ernesto Samper of taking money from drug traffickers to fund his campaign, and she implicates him in the deaths of several political opponents. Betancourt frankly describes the transitions in her life, as she moves from a charmed existence as the daughter of a Colombian ambassador stationed in France to political prominence when she returned to Bogota, where she worked her way up the political ranks as a representative and later as a senator in Colombia's national legislature. This gripping first-person account, which offers a unique perspective on Colombia's corrupt and noble politicians of the last decade, is filled with gripping passages that recount Betancourt's tense meeting with the heads of the Cali Cartel and the numerous death threats against her own life and that of her family. Given the author's current worldwide fame and uncertain status, this book is highly recommended to all libraries and bookstores. Adriana Lopez, "Criticas" Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.