Guantanamo Diary (Paperback)
Back Bay Books, 9780316517881, 464pp.
Publication Date: October 17, 2017
The acclaimed national bestseller, the first and only diary written by a Guantanamo detainee during his imprisonment, now with previously censored material restored. When GUANTANAMO DIARY was first published--heavily redacted by the U.S. government--in 2015, Mohamedou Ould Slahi was still imprisoned at the detainee camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, despite a federal court ruling ordering his release, and it was unclear when or if he would ever see freedom. In October 2016, he was finally released and reunited with his family. During his 14-year imprisonment, the United States never charged him with a crime. Now for the first time, he is able to tell his story in full, with previously censored material restored. This searing 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. In 2001, he was detained and rendered to a prison in Jordan, then to Afghanistan, and finally to the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where he was subjected to severe torture. He was cleared and released on October 16, 2016 and repatriated to his native country of Mauritania. No charges were filed against him during or after this ordeal. Larry Siems is a writer and human rights activist and for many years directed the Freedom to Write program at PEN American Center. He is the author, most recently, of The Torture Report: What the Documents Say About America's Post-9/11 Torture Program. He lives in New York.