- 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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Legion of the Lost
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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.'
'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.'
"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--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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About 10 years later extreme survivor dude Bear Grylls did a 4-part series on FFL boot camp. He and a bunch of other idiots decided it would be good TV to be filmed trying to survive the initial 4 week FFL boot camp. He was right, it made for great TV. And once again visions of white caps danced in my head.
So here I am another 10 years later and I have stumbled on to Jaime’s book. And once again I aimed to get my decade Legion fix. So that’s what I did. So here is what you need to know before purchase… You need to know what the book is and what it is not. There is a surplus of negative comments about this book as you have most likely seen. I humbly believe that those who did not care for the book did not because they were expecting something else. The book is not a military-training-life-in-the-Legion tell all per se; rather it is a personal recount of an intelligent young man searching for purpose and meaning in the French Foreign Legion. It is a story of personal discovery that unfolds as a journey of disenchantment and frustration. I found this to be relatable and enlightening.
There has been a lot of blow back on the subject of Jaime's unscheduled exodus from the Legion. Whether you think this is right or wrong is really not the point. If you take an overview off all Jaime's decisions and actions during this time and look at it for what it is, you see that he is really telling the reader that during this time he was lost and searching. Being lost often leads to less than wonderful decisions as well as an attempt to fill the void with whatever takes meaning at the time. His narrative is filled with dozens of examples of this very thing. What is important is that he tells the whole story. He needs to let the reader to know it without a sugar coating.
Now that being said, did the book have the elements that drove me to it in the first place? It did. In Jaime’s journey there was a solid account of the recruitment process, the brutish inhumane discipline, the uber-intense training; as well as a full clown-college-troupe-of-characters straight out of central casting. Pile on to that Ozzy-level partying coupled with overly debaucherous tales of bedroom lore and you have ‘Legion of the Lost’.
At the end of the day I enjoyed taking a ride on Jaime’s journey; and I think as long as you know what you are in store for, you will to. Bon appetite.