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Legion of the Lost: The True Experience of an American in the French Foreign Legion
     

Legion of the Lost: The True Experience of an American in the French Foreign Legion

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by Jaime Salazar
 

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Since 1831, the French Foreign Legion has been a renowned fighting force. It gives men a new lease on life-and a chance to test their physical and mental limits. In 1999, that's just what American Jaime Salazar was looking for.

The son of underpaid Mexican immigrants, Jaime earned a degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue. But at twenty-three, he was

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Since 1831, the French Foreign Legion has been a renowned fighting force. It gives men a new lease on life-and a chance to test their physical and mental limits. In 1999, that's just what American Jaime Salazar was looking for.

The son of underpaid Mexican immigrants, Jaime earned a degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue. But at twenty-three, he was disillusioned with the corporate fast track. So he became an outcast American in a hard-bitten group of recruits-men on the run from their pasts, men without hope: He joined the French Foreign Legion.

From the Legion's notoriously brutal training to Salazar's fierce competitiveness, ultimate disillusionment and dramatic desertion, Legion of the Lost is a compelling, firsthand account of today's French Foreign Legion that will dispel myths while adding to the legend of the finest trained army of warriors the world has ever known.

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William Grimes
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.
— The New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425202838
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/28/2005
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.12(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Jaime Salazar has an advanced degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University. He works in the Oil & Gas sector. Legion of the Lost is his first book.

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Legion of the Lost: The True Experience of an American in the French Foreign Legion 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't waste your time reading about a weak minded failure
LeREP More than 1 year ago
American slacker/malcontent blows his chance at finishing a commitment. Every service has it's 10%ers. He should have volunteered for the 2REP if he really wanted a challenge. Book is entirely too whiney and and is disappointing in that it moves from one screw-up to another. Find something else to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have any of you2 losers ever been in the military?
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