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on 5 July 2016
I was unconvinced. There are too many unanswered questions for the book to reach the gravitas level suggested by John Le Carré. Where Le Carré gets his info that the book is factual defeats me. The stories of the author's encounters with the security guards are without credibility. And yet the immense wrong that this man and others suffered as a consequence of GITMO are without question a disgrace to justice, and especially to the USA.
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on 23 April 2008
If you are not moved profoundly by this book; to think, feel and behave more humanely and pro-actively then you need a heart and brain transplant!

Cliched pics and a formulaic approach to the narrative do not change the fact that this book will be an utter classic.

Deceptively simply worded, this is a thought provoking and inspiring tale of survival that will both open a window on 21st century oppression and return feelings of the sheer resilience of the human spirit.

Enter, if you will, a world of professionally-designed torment and hate; witness the magnanimous dignity that overcame, as far as humanly possible, policies created and enacted by evil geniuses.

Ostensibly the narrative is about a young Turk from Germany: 'collateral damage' in the 'Global War on Terror', yet this book is testament to far greater issues, issues of such magnitude that to describe them as Orwellian or Kafkaesque would be to grotesquely underplay them. It reveals the realities of the proponents of Freedom and Human Rights in a disarmingly factual manner.

There is a Germanic black humour, seemingly strained with the waters of the steppes of Turkey and the Caucasus, that punctuates the narrative. The very presence of humour, while inimicable to the human spirit, is only fitting in a book such as this due to the unmistakable nature of what the reader is witnessing: The sheer intensity of will to survive, both physically and intellectually, that this young man exudes.

This book is a desperately needed testament from Kurnaz to a world ravaged by sinful propaganda built on the backs of those who did not survive to tell the tale. He credits his religious faith with helping him survive where teams of psychologists and psyhchiatrists would have him fail.

Becuase this is indeed a portrait of the crucifixation of humanity from those who teach us about human rights. If Christ, who receives mention in the text, was around today, which side of the razor-edged fence would he be on?

This book should be required reading 'American Culture', International Politics and Human Rights course everywhere.

Perhaps there is one quote that sets the focus in this true-life and on-going narrative: 'We will do to you what the Germans did to the Jews'.
We would do well to not ignore the American's remark.
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on 8 May 2013
When people see the word GUANTANAMO you don't really know what to feel do you? Well, after reading this book you will be left under no illusion about how shockingly people are treated there - and also the shocking way many people undoubtedly found themselves lured there by corrupt Pakistani policemen. I really is a compelling read
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on 11 June 2008
I would highly recommend anyone to read this book. It is truly an eye-opening account of the way Murat was treated and also how many others like him are still being treated in Guantanamo. This book is a must read for anyone concerned about human rights and justice.
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on 12 June 2008
A simple clear account of the nasty way Guantanamo works. He talks routinely about the tortures and abuses that are everyday events.

Having read "The Interogators" (I think thats the title) by ex USA Guantanamo and Afganistan Interrogators I had formed a nicer and unjustified opinion. i now realise that book was simply propaganda.
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on 19 June 2011
This was a cracking read, I couldn't put it down. At the same time is what heart-wrenching. An absolute must-read for those who care about what really goes on in Gitmo.
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on 9 September 2008
One of the best biographies I have ever read (there has been 100's) Not for the light hearted, but a true testamony of human spirit
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on 12 September 2009
You saw the title, you see my comment; more relevant to American history or current events.
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