Guantanamo Diary (Paperback)

By Larry Siems (Editor), Mohamedou Ould Slahi

Back Bay Books, 9780316389259, 432pp.

Publication Date: December 1, 2015



The acclaimed national bestseller, welcomed on the cover of the New York Times Book Review--the first and only diary written by a still-imprisoned Guantanamo detainee.

Mohamedou Slahi has been imprisoned at the detainee camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba since 2002. In all these years, the United States has never charged him with a crime. Although he was ordered 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. Guantanamo Diary is a document of immense emotional power and historical importance.

About the Author

Mohamedou Slahi was born in Mauritania in 1970. He has been detained at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay since 2002. In 2010, a federal judge ordered him released--a decision the government appealed. The U.S. government has never charged him with a crime. He remains imprisoned in Guantanamo. Larry Siems is a writer, human rights activist, and former director of the Freedom to Write program at PEN American Center.