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The General: The Ordinary Man Who Challenged Guantanamo Hardcover – April 15, 2013

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Argues that the loss of life on 9/11 was tragic, but the subsequent abandonment of the rule of law and human rights by the US is an equal tragedy -- this book will provoke plenty of debate and coverage


Shows what ordinary people are capable of in extraordinary circumstances; Ahmed's ordinariness means the reader identifies with him and his situation throughout

About the Author

Ahmed Errachidi worked as a chef in London for 18 years before being detained in Guantanamo. Gillian Slovo is a South African-born novelist, playwright, memoirist, and activist. Her work includes Ice Road, Red Dust, and the play Guantanamo: Honor Bound to Defend Freedom.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Random House UK (March 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0701187220
  • ISBN-13: 978-0701187224
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.9 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,579,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fred on June 5, 2013
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for the record - I did NOT love it, I'm very glad i bought it --This is one very gripping piece of literature! I'm truly sorry this gentleman suffered this fate: Even if only 25% of ii is fact; it’s appalling and a serious indictment of the United States military. I’m a VET and I find this book very difficult to read. I’m hurt and ashamed to admit it’s content. Even if these people were terrorist, they have no business being subjected to the kind of treatment this book talks to. Old Testament justice is hardly useful in the 21st century!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven Barrett on July 24, 2013
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Guantanamo Bay interests everybody but almost all the information that comes out is controlled by the US military. This book is a great insight into what goes on there and how Mr Errachidi managed to stay sane and lead others through what would destroy most men. A really good read.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Craig Steddy on June 1, 2013
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i don't doubt what happened to him. although the emphasis on his role is an understandable psychological response to his situation it doesn't make for a good read. bottom line is that he's just not a great writer.
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