Diary of Prison and Torture
Publisher: Against the Current
Date Written: 02/05/2015
Year Published: 2015
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX20960
Book review of Mohamedou Ould Slahi's 'Guantánamo Diary.'
Glenn Greenwald said, "Every American with a shred of conscience" should read it now, and I agree. The ongoing crime against humanity it exposes -- representative of so many others like it -- is being carried out in the name of the American people.
I first learned of the book's existence from an Op-Ed article in the January 19 New York Times. Then it was featured on the front page of the following Sundays New York Times Book Review. They both suggested that Guantánamo Diary is far more than a victim's horror story about unspeakable abuse, because the authors own undiminished humanity offsets the inhumanity of his captors.
Against all odds, he has even managed to preserve a sense of humor that often shines through in his narrative. That is not to say that what he has to say is not deeply disturbing. My advice is that you not read it just before going to bed, because it may cause nightmares.