The Guantanamo Files

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The Guantanamo Files  
Author(s) Andy Worthington
Publisher Pluto Press
ISBN 978 0 7453 2664 1

The Guantanamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America's Illegal Prison is a well received book, compiled largely from public documents, that profiles most of the individuals who were held in the United States Guantanamo Bay detention camps, in Cuba. Since its 2007 publication Andy Worthington, its author, has published several hundred online supplements, also built around public information, so every captive and former captive has been covered.

Michelle Shephard, author of Guantanamo's Child, when summing up other books on Guantanamo, described his book as: "Perhaps the single most important book to cover the big picture of Guantanamo."[1] Stephen Grey, writing in The New Statesman, called the book: "a powerful, essential and long-overdue piece of research".[2]

Mike Phipps, in Labour Briefing, wrote[3]:

"This book is one of the grimmest I have ever read. Its subtitle, The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison, underlines just what a thorough job Andy Worthington has done in piecing together this shocking tale of depravity."[3]

According to a review published in the New Internationalist in January 2008 the book was "...the first to concentrate not on the processes of the camp but on the lives of those trapped within its walls and wire.".[4] The review, paraphrasing Worthington's findings, stated that the vast majority of the captives "...committed no crime more heinous than being in the wrong place at the wrong time."