Named one of the Washington Post Book Worlds Best Books of 2009, The Least Worst Place offers a gripping narrative account of the first one hundred days of Guantanamo. Greenberg, one of Americas leading experts on the Bush Administrations policies on terrorism, tells the story through a group of career officers who tried--and ultimately failed--to stymie the Pentagons desire to implement harsh new policies in Guantanamo and bypass the Geneva Conventions. 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 Pentagons 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. Greenbergs 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.
- Publication Date:
- 11 / 02 / 2009