The Negotiator: My Life at the Heart of the Hostage Trade

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Center Point Large Print, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 431 pages
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Ben Lopez spends his life traveling the world, bartering with people who value money over life. Working for governments, law enforcement agencies, multinational corporations and private clients, Ben is an expert K&R (Kidnap and Ransom) consultant. He can be called out anywhere in the world to set up and command the negotiator's cell where he'll bargain with religious fanatics, hardened criminals, and other desperate people in order to save the lives of their captives. His arsenal of psychological techniques is just as powerful as brute force. He'll spend as long as is it takes to get the job done. And then he'll disappear.

This extraordinary book reads like a thriller -- but for those involved in the stories within, the drama and the tension are all too real. In the high-stakes world of hostage negotiations, every call is a matter of life and death.

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THE NEGOTIATOR: My Life at the Heart of the Hostage Trade

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A dissatisfied psychologist abandons the therapist's couch for the high-pressure world of hostage negotiations.Lopez (not his real name) recounts his fascinating journey from inchoate postdoctoral ... Read full review

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User Review  - Aula - LibraryThing

Ben Lopez is a psychologist and works as a hostage negotiator (the book says he's been doing this for 20 years but if you do the calculations from the dates he mentions it's more like 10). While he ... Read full review

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