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Nowhere Land : The Secret History of America and Its Enemies in Guantanamo - by Tim Golden (Hardcover)
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A groundbreaking inside history of the notorious detention camp, establishing how little the United States knew about hundreds of men it imprisoned without charge and revealing the remarkable struggle between the prisoners and their captors
Tim Golden’s Nowhere Land is a trailblazing investigative history of the American prison camp at Guantánamo Bay. In a sweeping narrative that spans the decade after 9/11, Golden recounts how this secretive front of the global war on terror, located on a placid stretch of the Caribbean coast, became one of the most intractable national-security problems of the last century. Set in Cuba, Washington, and Afghanistan, it is rich with characters who render Guantánamo’s moral and political complexities in the most human terms.
Military officials began to describe the Guantánamo prisoners as ?the worst of the worst” even before the first of them landed on the base in January 2002. In fact, the government has almost always known far less about the detainees at every stage of their captivity than it has ever acknowledged. Despite the importance of the intelligence-collection effort, interrogators and analysts tried for years to determine who the prisoners really were and what they might have done. Their inability to fully answer those questions led to the release of dozens of men who later rejoined Islamist militants and to the long-term imprisonment of many others with no meaningful ties to terrorism. For all the memoirs, polemics, and legal studies that have dealt with Guantánamo, no book has gotten inside the life of the prison and the long-running struggle between the detainees and their captors. Nowhere Land portrays that battle in compelling detail, from the earliest hunger strikes in Camp X-Ray to the detainee suicides that have shaken the prison. Golden also delivers a powerful new account of how the new legal framework for terrorism was drawn up and how it has led to decisions about men’s lives that, as one federal judge put it, ?defy common sense.” For the first time anywhere, Nowhere Land weaves a full, coherent history from the dramatic stories of the war between prisoners and guards; the bitter policy fights in Washington; the nature of the interrogations; and the dangerously shoddy intelligence. From accounts of outrageous behavior by U.S. personnel to new insights about what the Bush and Obama administrations really knew and when they knew it, the book is filled with disturbing revelations. Nowhere Land is the astonishing story of an intelligence failure of major proportions, with lasting political consequences for the United States and its standing in the world.
Number of Pages: 432
Genre: Social Science, History
Sub-Genre: United States / 21st Century, Military / United States
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Author: Tim Golden
Street Date: June 1, 2018
Item Number (DPCI): 247-09-1226