Melville House to Publish Senate Torture Report
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And now, continuing the critical work of publishing important documents, Melville House is issuing the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on the CIA's detention and interrogation program as The Senate Intelligence Committee Report on Torture in paper and e-book ($16.95).
Calling the report "probably the most important government document of our generation, even one of the most significant in the history of our democracy," Melville House co-publisher Dennis Johnson noted that the publisher was founded in 2001 "with the express purpose of trying to speak out about what was going on under the administration of George Bush. We felt it was our duty to try and get this report out there to the widest possible audience." --Marilyn Dahl, editor, Shelf Awareness for Readers