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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: HarperLuxe; Lgr edition (March 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061775002
  • ASIN: B00AK2HCYU
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,204,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Gordon Cucullu is a retired army colonel and the author of Separated at Birth: How North Korea Became the Evil Twin. He lives in St. Augustine, Florida.


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I subscribe to the theory that you don't really know a place till you put your boots on the ground there. I lived for 13 years in East Asia, studied languages and sniffed around. That led to my first book, Separated at Birth.

Following that I visited the detention facility at Guantanamo five times preparing for Inside Gitmo.

In 2008 I embedded with military police in Iraq and in spring 2010 spent two months with Soldiers in Afghanistan and followed it up with a month-long embed in October-November. This was to be a research trip for my upcoming book, Warrior Police, co-authored with Chris Fontana, my skilled researcher for Inside Gitmo and wife.

St Martin's Press will publish it in September 2011.

Bottom line: whether you have the opportunity to visit them "on the job" or in the States, these fine men and women in uniform deserve all our support. They do a lot with a little and never say "mission impossible."

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It is as well researched and written as any book I have ever read.
Jim D.
Once you read what our troops have gone through at GTMO, your desire to shake the hand of the next soldier you see will be thoroughly reinvigorated.
John Galluzzo
An excellent look at GITMO and how the detainees are treated and the despicable ways the detainees treat the military guards.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By gsame on January 15, 2011
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An excellent look at GITMO and how the detainees are treated and the despicable ways the detainees treat the military guards. Except for the fact that the worst of the worst are there, if one were to be imprisoned, GITMO would be the ideal place because no one imprisoned gets the white glove treatment in US prisons like the detainees. I think every critic should have to stay a month as a guard and then we would see what they had to say about GITMO. The one thing I disagree with is giving the detainees a 4200 calorie diet daily unless there are health reasons to do so. I feel bad for our military in the way the detainees treat them and also applaud our fine men and women for their professionalism and dedication in making GITMO the facility it really is despite the zealots and left-wing media who verbally trash it. Shame on some of the US attorneys for their despicable behavior against the US in handling the cases of the detainees for monetary profit. Goes to show that some people will do anything for a price even if it jeopardizes their freedoms and comforts. Make no mistake, you would be decapitated in an instance if you were no longer valuable to their cause.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By James D. Crabtree VINE VOICE on February 18, 2009
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If you want to know what has really happened at Guantanamo's detainee facilities and want to avoid the conspiracy whacko rubbish and self-serving lies of those released (while still being made aware of them) then this is the book for you. The author spoke to a wide spectrum of personnel involved in the facility, past and present, and actually VISITED Camp Delta and the now-defunct Camp X-Ray. Learn about the nature of the people who are held there... far from being innocent goatherds at the wrong place at the wrong time these are hardened Islamofascists who simply want to kill or be killed. Their version of Islam is death worship, plain and simple.
Also, the self-serving nature of the legal counsel attempting to secure "rights" for these insurgents and their actual conniving with the prisoners to help them in their despicable cause is also discussed and is very illuminating. Also the fact that al-Qaida actually trains their operatives to lie to the media in order to further goals, facts rarely discussed when statements by released detainees are repeated. Also, the fact that many of these released detainees return to the fight. Incredible.
The short bios of some of the inmates are especially telling, as well as the stories of some of the servicemembers involved in running the facility. If you automatically think the worst of America and its military you won't like this book. If you want to know what it's all really about, you'll love it.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Peter on June 10, 2012
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This book is not a bad book for learning soemthing about Guantanamo, however you must understand its bias right from the begining. In this regard I'm referring to the author's self described, "almost complete access" to the prison. How is it that of all the authors and researchers in the world that would love to have this kind of access to write a book, he received it. The author does not discuss this. I believe it is important to note and understand a writers background as part of the context for understanding his/her work. In this regard, the book falls short. I suspect, but do not know for a fact, that his status as a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the US armed services was the reason for this access. While he states that his work was not edited in any way by the military or US government, it is hard to believe that his years of military service did not color his views and reporting of the facts as he saw them.
Despite the glaring conflict, I also think it would be wrong to totally dismiss his work and all that it contains. The issues at Guantanamo are complex legal, ethical, moral and governmental issues and its important that many differant voices be heard in the debate. To dismiss his work outright would be equally wrong as those that dismiss the work of the many Human Rights organizations that have published scathing reviews of Guantanamo. Both voices have validity and biases in a debate that the US body politic will have to make a decision on at some point.
I would recomend reading this book and perhaps a couple others from the other side of the debate in order to get a well rounded view. The difficulty in forming one's own opinion is that many works on the subject seem to come to drastically differant conclusions using the same data set.
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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Susan R. Quinn on February 8, 2009
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After finishing the Colonel's book, I'm more convinced than ever that
the political polarizations we are experiencing are extremely
dangerous to the security and wellbeing of this country. And I also
believe that the Colonel's integrity and objectivity in style and
content demonstrate the high standard that I believe all of us need
to practice in our own communications.

I hope everyone considers communicating with others in this way.
Thanks, Colonel, for your excellent report on GITMO and for setting the bar high!
--Susan Quinn
The Islamist Report
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14 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Philip Gleason on February 10, 2009
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I agree with the previous reviewers that "Inside Gitmo" by Gordon Cucullu is a lucid account of the history of the Guantanmo Bay detention center, together with an examination of the public perception Gitmo. Most of the book is devoted to an account of the interviews Cucullu conducted (at his own expense) with Gitmo staff. These accounts include horrifying examples of systematic provocations by prisoners against the guards and medical personnel.

Cucullu is an excellent writer. He is orderly in presenting facts and moderate in drawing conclusions from the evidence he cites. His sympathies clearly lie with his fellow military personnel, but the value of the book from my perspective as a consumer of US news media, is in having solid facts in an hysterical and polemical atmosphere.

This book will make a US citizen proud of the values we all share, and proud of the discipline of our armed forces. More importantly, the book will provide well supported reassurances about the basic character of our military.
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