Gitmo's Most Popular Book? Fifty Shades

'More requested than the Quran' says visiting politician

By Ruth Brown,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 30, 2013 10:02 AM CDT

(Newser) – This sounds like a bad joke or a hoax, but the most requested book at Guantanmo Bay's most secure facility, Camp Seven, is apparently none other than BDSM bodice-ripper Fifty Shades of Grey, reports the Huffington Post. "Rather than the Quran, the book that is requested most by the [high-value detainees] is Fifty Shades of Grey. They've read the entire series in English, but we were willing to translate it," says a Virginia rep who visited the facility last week. "I guess there's not much going on, these guys are going nowhere, so what the hell." Military officials would not confirm the story, because they will not confirm the existence of Camp Seven.

Reuters, which was not allowed to see Camp Seven but did get to visit the Gitmo library last week, says it also has Star Trek novels, Agatha Christie mysteries, and both the book and film of The Hunger Games. Librarians say they have screened and censored the reading material for sexual content in the past ... which must make their copy of Fifty Shades a very short read.

Guards escort a Guantanamo detainee carrying a book from the detainee library trailer to the detention facility.
Guards escort a Guantanamo detainee carrying a book from the detainee library trailer to the detention facility.   (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)
The Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, now available at the Guantanamo Bay library.
The "Fifty Shades of Grey" trilogy, now available at the Guantanamo Bay library.   (AP Photo/Vintage Books, File)
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