The deeper reason for this international success, says Hazareesingh, is that Betancourt is a genuine product of two cultures.
And it was this book that Betancourt dreamt of writing while imprisoned.
To her surprise, Betancourt has discovered that communicating her experiences directly to her family was impossible.
The strikingly blunt 544-page book begins with Betancourt on a mad-dash nighttime run toward escape.
Betancourt spoke powerfully about her time in captivity and how thoughts of her family carried her through.
Gomez is now with President Betancourt at Cubitas, waiting for a report of your expedition.