Tuesday, March 3, 2009

"Book Casts Harsh Light on Ex-Hostage in Colombia"

Ingrid Betancourt, the aristocratic Colombian politician greeted as a heroine last year after enduring years as a hostage of Marxist guerrillas, is depicted as a selfish and haughty captivity mate in a memoir by three American military contractors who were held in jungle camps alongside her.


The book also portrays Ms. Betancourt as seeking to put herself at the top of a hostage hierarchy, hoarding used clothing and writing materials from the others