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Guantanamo: 'Honor Bound to Defend Freedom' Paperback – April 1, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-1840024746 ISBN-10: 1840024747

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Oberon Books (April 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840024747
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840024746
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.2 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #801,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""It is the cool, calm objectivity of this documentary drama that makes it so powerful and shocking - The British theatre - indeed, every Briton - should be proud of this play." - Sunday Times "shocking and often deeply moving" - Daily Telegraph This is politically motivated theatre of a serious, noble sort. I left the theatre in a blaze of anger, shame and sadness." - Evening Standard "

About the Author

Victoria Brittain, currently a Research Associate at the London School of Economics, has lives and worked as a journalist in Washington, Saigon, Algiers, Nairobi, and London. She worked at 'The Guardian' for 20 years, most recently as Associate Foreign Editor. Gillian Slovo is an author, journalist, playwright and the President of English Pen. Gillian has written 12 novels including Black Orchids and Red Dust, which won the RFI Temoin du Monde prize in France and was made into a film starring Hilary Swank and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Her novel Ice Road was shortlisted for the 2004 Orange Prize for Fiction and her family memoir, Every Secret Thing, was an international bestseller. Her play Guantanamo: Honor Bound to Defend Freedom , co-written for the Tricycle Theatre, has played in theatres around the world including New York and Washington DC. Her edited interviews with women politicians was put on as part of the Tricycle's 2010 Women Power and Politics Season. In 2009 she won an amnesty media award for her article on children in detention. She is a reviewer, opinion writer and in 2008 wrote a column for the South African newspaper, The Star.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Scanlon VINE VOICE on October 11, 2006
Format: Paperback
Notice the quotes. The title indicates the underlying irony of our official's apologetics for torture. How do we defend freedom by denying it?

This play very eloquently uses our own officials' words in exposing the horror which is Guantanamo. This play was well received in London, and reviewed in our national magazines. It's success and even comprehension is less assured here in the USA, the perpetrator of torture on Guantanamo Bay and the victim of our officials' domestic disinformation and propaganda.

For further study on this important topic, please read Margulies' book entitled Guantanamo, and Dr. Miles book Oath Betrayed about the doctors who assist our torture.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ryan M. Claycomb on April 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
The verbatim theatre trend in England (part of the same trend that earlier gave us the work of Anna Deavere Smith and The Laramie Project) has produced this important entry into the body of political theatre. But as political theatre goes, it pulls its punches. While its acquittal of British nationals in Gitmo is a compelling and trenchant critique of American policy, it builds its critique not on basic human rights, but on the notion that these figures are in fact innocent. Which leaves open the possibility that the terrorists who may be incarcerated in Guantanamo may be guilty, and may deserve the abuse they get. It's an open question, sure, but this play doesn't address that problem head on, and since most of the figures it depicts have since been released, it's already something of a period piece.
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