The Guantanamo Files – book reviews

“The Use of Power and Ideology in Guantánamo”: New Academic Paper Focuses On My Book “The Guantánamo Files”


Linking to an academic article about my 2007 book “The Guantánamo Files”, which has just been published in the European Journal of English Language and Literature Studies. The article is entitled, “The Use of Power and Ideology in Guantánamo: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Andy Worthington’s The Guantánamo Files.”

Andy Worthington on Crooks and Liars, and Talking Torture with George Galloway


Over on Crooks and Liars, Nicole Belle located a recent interview I did with George Galloway on his TalkSPORT radio show, which I hadn’t realized was online. The nine-minute interview, recorded in a slightly Alan Partridgesque manner while I was sitting in the breakfast room of a Premier Inn in York, where I was staying […]

Praise for “The Guantánamo Files” in the Toronto Star


I’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 […]

“The Guantánamo Files” reviewed by New Internationalist


The following review of The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison appeared in the January 2008 issue of New Internationalist. According to recent reports, George Bush is looking for a pretext to close the abomination that is Guantánamo Bay. Together with its lesser-known satellites, Abu Ghraib in Iraq, Bagram […]

“US torture chamber”: a review of The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison


This bleak but honest review, by Mike Phipps, appeared in Labour Briefing. Who are Guantánamo’s detainees? They are generally not al-Qaeda members or other terrorists but aid workers, economic migrants or politically naïve Taliban foot soldiers –- mostly sold to the US by their allies in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Some were known to be innocent […]

The Guantánamo Files: one of the books of the year, as chosen by Joanne Mariner of Human Rights Watch


My thanks to Joanne Mariner, Terrorism and Counterterrorism Program Director at Human Rights Watch, who has described The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison as “An admirable book,” and has recommended it as one of her books of the year in a column for FindLaw. Thanks also to the […]

Another book review: The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison


This review, by Henry Blaxland, appears in the December 2007 issue of Socialist Review. In his state of the union address of 29 January 2002 George Bush had this to say of his country’s international obligations: “America will always stand firm for the non-negotiable demands of human dignity: the rule of law; limits on the […]

Book review: The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison


This review, entitled “Show trials and errors,” was written by Stephen Grey, and appears in this week’s New Statesman. In The Gulag Archipelago, Alexander Solzhenitsyn reminded us that, for the KGB, modern psychology made the infliction of medieval-style physical torture redundant. Psychological tortures, devised by doctors, were just as painful and effective. As Bisher al-Rawi, […]


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Investigative journalist, author, campaigner, commentator and public speaker. Recognized as an authority on Guantánamo and the “war on terror.” Co-founder, Close Guantánamo and We Stand With Shaker. Also, photo-journalist (The State of London), and singer and songwriter (The Four Fathers).
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