Everyone has an opinion on him. But only he knows the truth
‘My story and who I am as a person is something so many people have an opinion on already. Whatever you may think of me now, in the past, or after reading this book, you will have a much better understanding of how the following events came to pass and why. You will see that I am not, and have never been, a supporter of terrorism. I am not a public threat. I did not harm anyone – I never attempted or planned to – nor was I accused of such. And I did not break any Australian, US or international laws.’ – David Hicks
In 1999 a young man from suburban Adelaide set out on an overseas trip that would change his life forever.
Initially, he was after adventure and the experience of travelling the Silk Road. But events would set him on a different path. He would be deemed a terrorist, one of George W. Bush’s ‘worst of the worst’. He would be incarcerated in one of the world’s most notorious prisons, Guantanamo Bay.
And in that place where, according to an interrogator in Abu Ghraib, ‘even dogs won’t live’, he was to languish for five and a half years, suffering physical and mental abuse, while his fate – and the opinions of all Australians – was shaped by politicians, the media and foreign governments.
Guantanamo: My Journey is an autobiographical account of Hicks’s young adulthood, his overseas travels to Japan, Albania and Pakistan, and the events leading up to his capture in Afghanistan and incarceration in the infamous US military facility at Guantanamo Bay. Released from prison in late 2007, he also tells of his attempt to put his past behind him and enjoy his life in the present.
As the first published account of David Hicks’s life, Guantanamo: My Journey is a confronting picture of unchecked power, the fight for justice and the power of endurance.
About The Author
David Hicks was born in Adelaide, South Australia, in 1975. After leaving school, he worked as a jackaroo in the Australian outback before settling in Adelaide. Later, he worked as a horse trainer in Japan before witnessing TV reports of atrocities in Kosovo, which motivated him to travel to Albania. Back in Australia, he developed an interest in politics, especially in disadvantaged, oppressed communities. He then embarked on a journey to Kashmir. During the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, he was apprehended by the Northern Alliance and sold to the US military, which then sent him to Guantanamo Bay, where he spent five and a half years in detention before returning to Australia.
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Sit up and pay attention of how the Australian Goverment and our so callecd allies, is and has treated our citzens.
This is the first time I have had the opportunity to tell my story publicly. I hope you find that this book is not only a story of injustice, but also a story of hope. (David Hicks)
Like him or loathe him, David Hicks certainly polarises people. One of the most talked about Australians, and for all the wrong reasons, he is now speaking out for the first time since before the whole sorry saga began. This high-security memoir has been under lock and key and its publication has caught everyone by surprise. What is no surprise is the level of interest in the this most controversial man.
The first published account by David Hicks of the years leading up to his incarceration in the infamous US military detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, this book will cover his time as a detainee, and his search for a normal life following release from prison in late 2007.
Written over the last two years, the book dispels myths about David Hicks's life before Guantanamo and reveals insights into the interrogation techniques used by the US military on Guantanamo Bay detainees.
Publishing Director of Random House Australia, Nikki Christer, said she had greatly enjoyed working with David Hicks as his publisher, and found him to be a talented writer. She expected keen interest in this first published account of his experience.
"David Hicks is one of the more intriguing figures in recent Australian history. Most people have an opinion about him, but very few know the truth of his experience," Ms Christer said. "We've waited a long time to hear from him."
Managing Director of Random House Australia, Margaret Seale, said the publisher was proud to be bringing such an important Australian memoir to print.
"David Hicks has been the subject of controversy and sharply divided opinion in recent years, but until now his own story has not been told. Guantanamo: My Journey is a remarkable story that sheds light on an important chapter in our recent history," Ms Seale said.
Number Of Pages: 456
Published: 16th October 2010
Publisher: Random House Australia
Dimensions (cm): 24.1 x 16.4 x 4.2
Weight (kg): 0.8