Habits of Highly Effective People at Guantanamo

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

One of the most popular books in the prison library at Guantanamo is The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, by  Stephen R. Covey. Harper's magazine columnist Thomas Frank joins us to look at why a book designed for business executives might also be an effective tool for the de-radicalization of prisoners, at least in the minds of U.S. officials. Tom Franks writer the magazine's Easy Chair column.


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Comments [4]

@Liz, Thomas Frank was clearly mocking the idea that the book claims to know some universal American truth. Perhaps it's your grasp that's unsure.

Jun. 29 2011 01:15 AM
sasha from queens

shouldn't we bookending that sort of 'therapy' w/ the movie 'Jackass' in at guantanamo terrorist and other terrorist dominated areas of the mideast? those people have no joy in their lives. we are talking about mostly young men. [there is a iraqi version of 'Punked' on the internet, however, if that works for you.]

Jun. 28 2011 01:52 PM

Given the sophistication of your guest's grasp of its message -- to the effect that "the universal principles are KNOWN" and one need only learn how to align one's own conduct with them, I'm surprised that he fails to acknowledge (at least in this forum) that "7 habits" is effectively an American Koran, based on the principle that effectiveness (the ability to start or run organizations that make or manipulate money on a larger and larger scale) which is also a guide to conduct, etc. The effect of the work on people who are trying to enforce DIFFERENT universal principles would certainly register this way.

Jun. 28 2011 01:43 PM
Alex from NYC

I would like to read the article, but the above link to Harpers takes one to the home page of the magazine. Use of the "search" box there turns up no reference to an article by Thomas Frank about this topic. (Not even a reference to an article to which one is denied access.) Can you help us out here?

Jun. 28 2011 01:39 PM

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