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She sets her story in Camp X-Ray, which underwent a remarkably quick transformation from a sleepy naval outpost in the tropics into a globally infamous holding pen. Peopled with genuine heroes and villains, this narrative of the earliest days of the post-9/11 era centers on the conflicts between Gitmo-based Marine officers intent on upholding the Geneva Accords and an intelligence unit set up under the Pentagon's aegis. The latter ultimately won out, replacing transparency with secrecy, military protocol with violations of basic operation procedures, and humane and legal detainee treatment with harsh interrogation methods and torture. Guantanamo's first 100 days set up patterns of power that would come to dominate the Bush administration's overall strategy in the war on terror. Karen Greenberg's riveting account puts a human face on this little-known story, revealing how America first lost its moral bearings in the wake of 9/11.
This is a story about Military men and women who tried to make the best out of a bad situation.
We all know what Guantanamo Bay has become; Greenberg shows exactly how it began, and how the good intentions of honorable people were subverted.
Greenberg's description of the marines, soldiers and JAG lawyers at Guantanamo makes the book interesting and easy to read.
This book was a very interesting read on what took place to turn a relatively sleepy Naval base into a prison for the worst of the worst. Read morePublished on November 29, 2010 by nursenikki
In an attempt to look beyond the camera flashes, sound bits, and video clips, Karen Greenberg's "The Least Worst Place covers the oft forgotten humanity of Guantanamo Bay. Read morePublished on September 25, 2009 by R. Reyes
The substantive content of this book is excellent and vitally important, as well as interesting. The problem I have with the book is the writer's style, particularly in the first... Read morePublished on August 5, 2009 by g3
This is a story about Military men and women who tried to make the best out of a bad situation. This is also the story of a Government trying to get information from detainees that... Read morePublished on June 4, 2009 by M. A. Filippelli
VERY INTERESTING AND INSIGHTFUL AS IT "CAPTURES THE MOMENT" IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING 9/11.....EVERYONE NEEDS TO BE REMINDED OF THE CONFUSION, CONCERENS AND UNCERTAINTY ABOUT HOW TO... Read morePublished on May 11, 2009 by Donald P. Brennan
Greenburg did an excellent job of presenting the facts on Guantanamo
and how some of the military (Lehnert) were humanitarian.
Why is the author making such a big deal of Guantanamo? Did she ever consider doing the same exhaustive research in Sing-Sing or any other prison in American soil? Read morePublished on April 29, 2009 by Andrew J. Rodriguez
Karen takes us on an enlightening and visceral journey to Guantanamo in this highly informative and enjoyable read. 5 stars!Published on April 23, 2009 by B. Hochberg
Unless you've been especially bad, stupid or unfortunate, The Least Worst Place is about as close as you'll ever get to the inside of Guantanamo... Read morePublished on April 10, 2009 by Glenn A. Cheney