Praise for “The Guantánamo Files” in the Toronto Star

23.11.08

The Guantanamo FilesI’m delighted to note that, in a review of five books about Guantánamo in today’s Toronto Star, Michelle Shephard, indefatigable Guantánamo commentator and author of Guantánamo’s Child: The Untold Story of Omar Khadr, singled out my book The Guantánamo Files for particular praise, describing it as “Perhaps the single most important book to cover the big picture of Guantánamo.”

This is the full review:

“Perhaps the single most important book to cover the big picture of Guantánamo is by British activist and historian Andy Worthington — a guy who has never even been to Guantánamo Bay. Yet he manages to tell the stories of all the men who have been held there in his book The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison (Pluto Press, 338 pages, $30).

“The public knows the plight of detainees such as Hamdan, Canadian Omar Khadr or prize captive Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the self-professed mastermind of 9/11. But Worthington, relying in a large part on thousands of detainee records the Bush administration was forced to release following an Associated Press lawsuit, manages to give names, voices and stories to the hundreds of others.

“Many inmates turned out to be innocent farmers or Afghani merchants who spent two, three or four years of their lives as detainees before the U.S. administration realized it had made mistakes. Some of those captives are still held in Cuba, and won’t be freed without tough diplomatic negotiating at the highest levels of the incoming Obama administration.

“During the long presidential election campaign, Obama called Gitmo a ‘sad chapter in American history.’ Now we wait to see how he closes the book. ”

The Guantánamo Files is available from Amazon in the US, UK and Canada. To receive new articles in your inbox, please subscribe to my RSS feed, and also see my definitive Guantánamo prisoner list, published in March 2009.

Leave a Reply

Back to the top

Back to home page

Andy Worthington

Investigative journalist, author, filmmaker, photographer and Guantanamo expert
Email Andy Worthington

The Guantánamo Files book cover

The Guantánamo Files

The Battle of the Beanfield book cover

The Battle of the Beanfield

Stonehenge: Celebration & Subversion book cover

Stonehenge: Celebration & Subversion

Outside The Law DVD cover

Outside the Law: Stories from Guantánamo

RSS

Posts & Comments

World Wide Web Consortium

XHTML & CSS

WordPress

Powered by WordPress

Designed by Josh King-Farlow

Please support Andy Worthington, independent journalist:

Archives

In Touch

Follow me on Facebook

Become a fan on Facebook

Subscribe to me on YouTubeSubscribe to me on YouTube

Andy's Flickr photos

Campaigns

Categories

Tag Cloud

Afghans Al-Qaeda Andy Worthington Bagram British prisoners CIA torture prisons Clive Stafford Smith Close Guantanamo David Cameron Force-feeding Guantanamo Hunger strikes Lewisham London Military Commission NHS NHS privatisation Photos President Obama Reprieve Save Lewisham A&E Shaker Aamer Taliban Torture UK austerity UK protest US Congress US courts WikiLeaks Yemenis