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Interesting read about so-called "professional revolutionary" Carlos the Jackal. I had some previous 'brand awareness', if you will, of this guy, but this book did a good job of fleshing his whole story out. Venezuelan-born Ilich Ramirez Sanchez turns out to have been much more of a playboy mercenary than an ideological mastermind, but the world of state-sponsored, Cold War era terrorism of the 1970s and 80s is as fascinating to read about as his life. As a sidenote, I really REALLY appreciated
Informative read about Carlos, it wasn't total propaganda like I expected. I went into this book with the intent of reading it from a Marxist perspective to see how much there is to respect about Carlos. The author presents him as a reckless, vain, professional mercenary whose politics are confused at best, a facade at worst. Perhaps in his youth he was sincere about revolution, but by the end of his career it's obvious that he is in it for the glory and the money, and to save his own skin. This...
A pretty decent overall look at this guy. A lot of information from beginning to end and certainly gives you the broader picture. The deeper look at who he really was seems to be a difficult task to ascertain.True revolutionary or playboy gunslinger for hire? All seemed to have a different or opposing view but it's hard not to view him with contempt in the end . Too much senseless death and destruction left in his wake. This is no story of a Che or even a Fidel!! His story leans much more towar
The rise and fall of an international terrorist.Having seen the 2010 miniseries, Carlos , reading this book was a great way to learn more about the enigmatic life of Carlos the Jackal. Follain details his origins in Venezuela as he becomes a "revolutionary" terrorist and causes chaos in the Western countries (particularly France). His height of influence comes with his 1975 OPEC raid - as he said: "My name is Carlos. You know me".After the OPEC raid, Follain details how he became a destructive,...
This is a meticulously researched and entertainingly written account of one of the cold war period's most infamous villains. The thing that stood out for me was due to the crazy socio-political climate at the time, he could intimidate powerful governments into supporting his cause. Lots of surprises in this book - including the hilarious (for me) origin of his nickname. You just can't make this stuff up.
Interesting story about a notorious figure.Very good read about an infamous terrorist from the 70s and 80s. The research is excellent and the author paints a very detailed portrait of the man. I would only recommend to the reader interested in geopolitical events of the 70s and 80s (a fascinating time, BTW).
Well written and a good look at the Jackal. Would have liked more detail.
A Good biography of the mysterious Jackal! Worth a read. Though it gets bigger down in minute detail every so often.
I had seen documentaries on Carlos and read some other books about Carlos but I don’t think I ever had read what the eventual outcome was for Carlos. This book provides that information. I hesitate to call it an ending because although Carlos is currently incarcerated in France, he will be eligible for parole in 2020.Ilich Ramirez Sanchez a.k.a Carlos the Jackal, is a Venezuelan national who inspired by all of the student uprisings and nationalists movements in the 1970’s, joined Palestinian ter...
Infatuated with himself, and living the delusinal idealisms he shared with his father, Carols the Jackal executed poorly planned 'acts of terrorism' and lived under the protection of governments who believed he could be used to do their dirty work. He wanted the world to see him as a revolutionary, in the same sense Che Guevera was seen. He wanted it so bad he did not care about any cause or revolution. His indulgance in his image, his bad-body appeal to young women, his love for guns and alcoho...
Generally interesting but a tad boring. I enjoyed the evolution of the washed up revolutionary. Carlos is a pretty silly character. The book also made me realize that frank is a fucking turd. And that planes were highjacked a lot in the70s
Pretty interesting read. Gives a lot of insight into the origins, rise, and eventual fall of one of the worlds most notorious terrorists. Dispells a lot of the myths surrounding Carlos and what he did and did not do. A really good read.
Wowthe jackals is a great book about the history of Carlos and how he was caught this in the 3rd book and best book of all
entertaining, sheds the light on some underworld connections that are not so obvious. through the life of Carlos you can grasp an idea of the complicated world of terrorism.
Read this long time ago. Liked it, but it is too long ago for a proper review. Going to read it again soon.
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Effing awful. Just terrible. At times the author seems to be transcribing travel itineraries with no analysis. Don't even go near this book.