Since 2002, Mohamedou Ould Slahi has been imprisoned at the detainee camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Although he was ordered to be released by a federal judge, the US government fought that decision, and there is no sign that the United States plans to let him go. This is his personal memoir, that is terrifying, humorous and surprisingly gracious.
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The Sunday Times and New York Times Bestseller. Since 2002, Mohamedou Ould Slahi has been imprisoned at the detainee camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In all these years, the United States has never charged him with a crime. Although he was ordered to be released by a federal judge, the U.S. government fought that decision, and there is no sign that the United States plans to let him go. Three years into his captivity Slahi began a diary, recounting his life before he disappeared into U.S. custody and daily life as a detainee. His diary is not merely a vivid record of a miscarriage of justice, but a deeply personal memoir - terrifying, darkly humorous, and surprisingly gracious. Published now for the first time, Guantanamo Diary is a document of immense historical importance.
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detention, interrogation, and abuse ... One of the most stubborn, deliberate and cruel Guantanamo interrogations on record Slate * Anyone who reads Guantanamo Diary - and every American with a shred of conscience should do so, now - will be ashamed and appalled. Mohamedou Ould Slahi's demand for simple justice should be our call to action. Because what's at stake in this case is not just the fate of one man who managed, against all odds, to tell his story, but the future of our democracy -- Glenn Greenwald * This is a necessary book. It reminds us that the evil we're fighting can be found in ourselves as well as our enemies Daily Telegraph * The fact that you are able to read his account of his time in America's most notorious prison is a testimony to his intelligence, his entrepreneurial spirit and determination Independent * Slahi's book offers a reminders that the struggles we face in these difficult times involve real individuals, not faceless creatures who are to be characterised as members as one or other hated group. That he has resorted to words, the mightiest of weapons, even as his incarceration continues, makes his experience all the more relevant today Financial Times * This Guantanamo detainee's harrowing memoir is a tremendous achievement - and a grave warning against ignoring the rule of law Observer New Review * Compelling The Economist * Slahi is an intelligent and sensitive writer whose sense of irony somehow survived along with his sanity London Review of Books * Extraordinary Scotland on Sunday * Unsentimental, occasionally funny yet always temperate RTE Guide * Guantanamo Diary ...will leave you shell-shocked Vanity Fair * Slahi's ordeal is at the heart of Guantanamo Diary, but the book is about much more. It is a chilling story of the United States' worst abuses in the post-9/11 era. It is an account of other countries' complicity in these abuses. It is a terrible example of what happens to innocent people when the rule of law is suspended. In the words of Larry Siems, the book's editor, it is "an epic for our times" Huffington Post * Necessary reading for those seeking to understand the dangers that Guantanamo's continued existence poses to Americans in the world ... a fluent, engaging and at times eloquent writer even in his fourth language of English Washington Post * Gripping ... extraordinary ... Mr. Slahi emerges from the pages of his diary, handwritten in 2005, as a curious and generous personality, observant, witty and devout New York Times * Heartbreaking ... there has never been a book quite like this ... extraordinary and overwhelming New Statesman * An extraordinary account ... the global war on terror has found in a Mauritanian captive its true and complete witness Guardian * A necessary book Irish Independent