Thursday, June 5, 2008
Abu Ghraib by Gourevitch
From the Publisher's Weekly review:
"Drawing from Morris's lengthy interviews with the soldiers who photographed and participated in prisoner abuse, the authors render in clear detail the horror and inhumanity of Abu Ghraib, for prisoner and guard alike: 'Inexperienced, untrained, under attack, and under orders to do wrong, the low-ranking reservist MPs who implemented the nefarious policy... knew that what they were doing was immoral, and they knew that if it wasn't illegal, it ought to be.'
...A thorough, terrifying account of an American-made 'bedlam,' the latest from Gourevitch is as troubling, and arguably as important, as his 1998 Rwanda investigation 'We Wish to Inform You that Tomorrow We Will be Killed with Our Families'." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
Gourevitch is an amazing writer - "We Wish to Inform You" is one of the most powerful books on war that I have ever read; I'm sure this new book will be equally significant.