- Hardcover: 456 pages
- Publisher: William Heinemann (2010)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008J0NDXY
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,065,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Guantanamo: My Journey Hardcover – 2010
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One thing that maddens me as I read this book is to think how many people will probably fail to get through it because it may change their minds, causing them to reach a deeper understanding of what our government, our media, and many of the population colluded in doing, or allowing to be done, to David.
But I would counter those who wish to hold on to their old views of David with the point he opens his book with: regardless of what he may or may not have partaken in (and that has been almost entirely fabricated or misunderstood), does anything justify the years of disgraceful torture and abuse outside of the law that he was subjected to? My answer after reading this book is clear: absolutely nothing.
I see on the news today, after David spoke on ABC tv last night, that some media pundits are still calling him a terrorist, etc, and saying he 'got off'. Is it really so hard for you people to believe that someone will sign a false confession after torture? Let alone after the incredible abuse and soul-destroying inhumanity David was put through in Guantanamo? I wager these cowardly folks would've cracked and signed much worse statements much earlier on in the process than did David.Read more ›
At face value this account is a grave condemnation of United States and Australian policies responding to terrorism or possibly more accurately the threat of terrorism and a need to be seen to be doing something. The alleged level of torture and inhumane treatment handed out to Guantanamo prisoners is inexcusable and one can only hope that, to the extent that it is true, retribution follows.
However the book points to the fickle nature of life, about how relatively innocuous life choices can have profound impact, that human nature is not pure (torture), that human nature is pure (David's father and family), and more reinforcement, as if we needed it, that the first casualty in war is truth.
There is nothing in the book to suggest anything other than David was a victim of circumstance, unwise, immature, impulsive and possibly and uncharitably stupid. The choice of quotes to begin each chapter is wonderful, clever satire. But the question for me remains why as there must always be two sides to the story? A challenge for guards who were stationed at Guantanamo - lets hear your story. John Howard - lets hear your story. But before you write read this book.
Not every man is perfect, and David has admitted to being naive during his younger years but he reiterates that he never did nor ever will support terrorism and explicitly states that he never engaged in any acts of terrorism. The military training he received while participating in the struggle for freedom in Indian controlled parts of Kashmir was standard military training that did not involve bomb-making, hijacking, targeting civilians or the preposterous type of instruction that he was purported to take part in.
Gitmo should be shut down and this was the promise made by Barack Obama on the 2nd of August 2007, yet money is continuously being spent on renovation, in excess of $500 million dollars.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Why am I leaving a 5 star review for this book? Because I can't buy it here in the United States. Torrents it is then.Published 8 months ago by There You Are
a book written from the heart about a young man trying to make sense of our world and paying a huge price for his desire to help others. This is how we treat our heroes. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Stewart McPhun
Initially I did not buy this book, I borrowed it. I did not want to put my money where a traitor to democracy and to my own country (Australia) would benefit. Read morePublished 10 months ago by The Maestro
Even if you considered yourself to be an informed individual on this topic (as I did), you will still be horrified by the reality of how the Howard government treated an innocent... Read morePublished on January 13, 2013 by Sharne Dwyer
I haven't actually read the book, because I can't get it apparently in my own country; the country running Guantanamo Bay & therefore the only one with any authority to change... Read morePublished on September 20, 2012 by Ian Nesbit
David Hicks, an Australian citizen, was victimised by the United States Government with the complicity to the Australian Government under the conservative Prime Minister, John... Read morePublished on August 10, 2012 by David Brown
This is a heavy read. Sometimes it got so tough I had to put it down and think about something else. David Hicks went to hell & back. Read morePublished on July 24, 2012 by booklover666
This is the most inspiring tale of human endurance through pain, suffering and fear, that I have ever read, on par perhaps with Warren Fellows account of 12 years in 'The Big... Read morePublished on July 23, 2012 by Rachael Dean