Books That Inspire 2003

Prisoner Without a Name, Cell Without a Number
Jacobo Timerman

Prisoner Without a Name, Cell Without a Number, Jacobo Timerman’s biography of survival, persuasively argues for vigilance against intolerance and injustice. To Timerman, words are vehicles of thought and instruments of liberating power as he movingly communicates the value of free speech. His chilling monologues of disillusionment force you to recognize freedom’s obligations and the repercussions of silent complicity. In the autumn of 1982, this book broadened and deepened my sense of what is distinctive about the United States. Today, it remains a compelling testament to undaunted courage and the extraordinary triumph of the human spirit.
Steven O'Geary
Director, Human Research Participant Protection
Office of Research Administration