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The Least Worst Place: Guantanamo's First 100 Days

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  56 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Named one of the Washington Post Book World's Best Books of 2009, The Least Worst Place offers a gripping narrative account of the first one hundred days of Guantanamo. Greenberg, one of America's leading experts on the Bush Administration's policies on terrorism, tells the story through a group of career officers who tried--and ultimately failed--to stymie the Pentagon's ...more
Hardcover, 260 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 1st 2009)
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Tin Wee
Aug 27, 2016 Tin Wee rated it liked it
An examination of how America conducted itself at Gitmo, and how early attempts at a humane treatment of the detainees were thwarted by political intervention. Its a sad story of how America lost the moral high ground in dealing with the enemy, by sinking to the level of the enemy.
David F.
In the wake of September eleventh, the U.S.-led "War on

Terror" began with nearly the entire world sympathetic to

America's cause and condemning al-Qaeda. It didn't take

long for the Bush administrations ham-fisted response to

reverse much of the world's feelings in the matter. Among

the most influential of the policy disasters that won the

sympathies of so many for al-Qaeda was the detention

facility at Guantanamo Bay. In The Least Worst Place, Karen

Greenberg, director of NYU’s Center on Law and Secur
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Phillip Taylor
Feb 28, 2009 Phillip Taylor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Karen Greenberg's view of an imprisoned ideology which has insulted a new generation.

Reviewed by Phillip Taylor MBE.

I come to this book from a very different standpoint to that of Karen Greenberg because I have served in the armed forces, and I am a practising lawyer.

For anyone involved in law enforcement and custodial systems, certain rules must be followed in a civilised society- they weren't here.

Greenberg, from her perspective, outlines (with edge) the initial phase of this 'custodial oper
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Phillip Taylor
Mar 08, 2009 Phillip Taylor rated it it was amazing
AN IMPRISONED IDEOLOGY WHICH HAS INSULTED A NEW GENERATION

Reviewed by Phillip Taylor MBE

I come to this book from a very different standpoint to that of Karen Greenberg because I have served in the armed forces, and I am a lawyer.

For anyone involved in law enforcement and custodial systems, certain rules must be followed in a civilised society- they weren't here.

Greenberg, from her perspective, outlines (with edge) the initial phase of this 'custodial operation' beginning with the concept of con
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Lorrie
Jul 07, 2009 Lorrie rated it liked it
This was a good description of what was happening at the early days of the Guantanamo Bay prison and it paints a convincing picture that things could have gone another way. It shows the tensions within the military command structure and among the different branches, as well as tensions in the civilian leadership (notably between the Department of State's and the Department of Defense's offices of legal counsel).

The story is definitely told from the point of view of the military commanders, not t
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Nora
Jul 29, 2012 Nora rated it really liked it
This is an easy read that gives a look into pieces of the Guantanamo story that most Americans don't know. Greenberg does a nice job drawing together the facts and lays them out in a history book that reads at the pace of an action novel.

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The plan may have been primarily to teach the world a lesson: Americans can be as cruel as others. Americans can turn their backs on law and reciprocity among nations as well as any tribally organized dictatorship can. Americans can dehumanize other human bei
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Mary
Jun 26, 2009 Mary marked it as to-read
This book sounds very interesting as reviewed in The Washington Post. Hope my library picks it up soon!
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