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Legion of the Lost

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Product details

  • Paperback: 329 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press (February 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593051726
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593051726
  • Shipping Weight: 503 g
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'From an air-conditioned Chicago office, Mr. Salazar took the express elevator straight to hell. Legion of the Lost is his story, the improbable, very funny tale of a sensitive, bookish child of Mexican immigrants who walked away from a promising career and, for romantic reasons, threw in his lot with a motley assortment of thugs, drunks, drug abusers and desperate refugees from the far corners of the earth. And those are the ones giving orders.'
New York Times

'A story of horrifying institutionalised cruelty and incredible suffering, tempered with extraordinary camaraderie and mind-boggling fortitude. Legion of the Lost lays to rest romantic myths about the French Foreign Legion forever.'
Google Books

'After about a year in corporate America, Jaime Salazar realized he wanted more in life. He wanted more than a big paycheck and a BMW. Salazar is a born adventurer and romantic and was not content with his job with Siemens in Chicago, where he was part of the technical sales teams. His ideals led him to the French Foreign Legion.'
The Purdue Exponent

"Salazar presents a mix of honor, esprit de corps, and servitude that seems to part of another century. The mystique of the French Foreign Legion is ripped away. Salazar's story is as interesting as it is unexpected."
Evil Cyclist blog

'A colorful, detailed, and brisk account of the blood, beatings, binge drinking, racism, and occasional satisfaction and pride from his time with the Legion. Salazar's prose marches along like a fit Legionnaire, largely un-ornamented yet getting the job done quickly and effectively, with all the dirt, swearing, and gunpowder one would expect from a military memoir. Legion of the Lost should prompt serious reflection about commitment, discipline, meaning, and purpose in life.'
Good Reads

"I thought this book was fantastic. A true insight into a fascinating world that we know little about. The trials, tribulations and hardships of the legion, and the reasons why it calls so many.A compelling read."

Gillian Ashton - Librarian

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About the Author

Jaime Salazar has been working as an engineer in the oil and gas sector for nearly two decades. He recently attained a juris doctorate and plans to practice patent law in Texas. In 2005, he published the hardcover edition of Legion of the Lost, which chronicles his swashbuckling experience serving in the French Foreign Legion. Salazar is working on his second book and lives with his 9-year-old daughter in Houston. He enjoys travelling internationally, practicing mixed martial arts, and running the occasional marathon. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 starsHe was intrepid enough to break away . . . and to tell the world about his failings
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5.0 out of 5 starsTrain like Rambo and party like Ozzy. A tale of extremes that is the Legion
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3.0 out of 5 starsIt feels made up
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3.0 out of 5 starsOkay, so you squeezed a book out of the experience
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