Turning the Torture Report Into a Book

by Rachel Baker on December 22, 2014

So, on December 30th, copies of the Torture Report in book format will be available for $16.95. Published by Melville House, the book will be available everywhere books are sold.

Now, I know that government reports are published all the time (and the article below talks about how this happens and the relationship between government and the publishers), but I don’t really understand why. I get that “we the people” have a right to know, but in the age of e-readers and digital copies, why the hell are we killing the environment with publishing runs of these reports?

I suspect this will be more for independent journalists, historians and a smattering of other folks, but I suspect those who should read it, won’t (I’m talking to all you politicians in Washington who are okay with talking points)… but at least we and everyone else will have the report perserved for posterity sake.

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Last Thursday afternoon, Dennis Johnson sat at his desk at Melville House, the independent press in Dumbo of which he is the co-founder and co-publisher, contemplating blurb copy for the Senate Select Intelligence Committee’s Study of the C.I.A.’s Detention and Interrogation Program—the torture report, as it’s popularly known. “The New York Times called it ‘a portrait of depravity that’s hard to comprehend.’ Do I want to put that on the cover?” Johnson, a strong-chinned fifty-seven-year-old with a tiny gold hoop in his left ear and a genteel lisp, made a skeptical, take-it-or-leave-it noise. “It’ll sell it to some people.”

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