An unprecedented international publishing event: the first and only diary written by a still-imprisoned Guantanamo detainee Since 2002 Mohamedou 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 his release was ordered by a federal judge, the US 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 US 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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"This diary, the first to be published by a detainee still in Guantanamo, makes for an unusual listening experience. Author Mohamedou Ould Slahi has been imprisoned in the controversial detention facility since 2002. Narrator Peter Ganim's accent enables the listener to imagine the Mauritanian author himself telling his story and helps to separate the author's passages from the editor's speculative and explanatory footnotes. Ganim narrates the latter in his natural American-accented voice. A large amount of material that was evidently redacted by the U.S. Government prior to the book's publication is denoted by rote recitations of the word "redacted' in a woman's voice. While this repetition emphasizes the amount of text that was eliminated, it ultimately proves to be a distraction from what remains. S.E.G. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"
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