- By Joshua Keating
Joshua Keating was an associate editor at Foreign Policy
In 2009, it was reported that the most popular books in the library for prisoners at Guantanamo Bay were, oddly enough, the Harry Potter novels, Don Quixote, and Dreams From My Father, in that order. But apparently, reports Carol Rosenberg, the detainees have found a new favorite:
Harry Potter books are passé among the prisoners. The adventures of the boy wizard have been supplanted by early episodes of Will Smith’s 1990s TV comedy, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, as a popular way to pass time among the 168 captives now in their second decade of U.S. detention.
“I just ordered all six seasons,” says librarian Milton, a Defense Department contractor who gives only his first name to visiting journalists.
Milton could offer no explanation for why detainees had taken to the story of a young man from West Philadelphia whose life got flipped, turned upside-down.