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

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Center Point Pub, 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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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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About the author (2012)

Ben Lopez was born in New York and spent part of his childhood in Venezuela, where he witnessed firsthand the devastating effects of Kidnap and Ransom (K&R). His work has taken him across the globe, from Mexico to the Middle East. In more than twenty years in the K&R field he has never lost a hostage. Ben Lopez isn't his real name; if his name was known, it would be too dangerous for him to travel to many countries ever again.

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