The Deserter's Tale

The Deserter's Tale

The Story of An Ordinary Soldier Who Walked Away From the War in Iraq

Book - 2007
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Baker & Taylor
The memoir of a soldier who enlisted to help his family and was deployed to Iraq describes the horrific conditions to which Iraqi civilians were subjected, his forced participation in raids on accused terrorists, and his decision to seek asylum in Canada.

Perseus Publishing
?Destined to become part of the literature of the Iraq war . . . A substantial contribution to history.”?Los Angeles Times

Now in paperback, The Deserter’s Tale is the first memoir from a soldier who deserted from the war in Iraq, and a vivid and damning indictment of the American military campaign. In spring 2003, young Oklahoman Joshua Key was sent to Ramadi as part of a combat engineer company. It was not the campaign against terrorists and evildoers he had expected. Key saw Iraqi civilians beaten, shot, and killed, or maimed for little or no provocation. After seven months in Iraq, Key was home on leave and knew he could not return. So he took his family and went underground in the United States, finally seeking asylum in Canada after fourteen months in hiding. Detailing the grinding horrors of life as part of an occupying force, The Deserter’s Tale is the story of a conservative-minded family man and patriot who went to war believing unquestioningly in his government’s commitment to integrity and justice, and how what he saw in Iraq transformed him into someone who could no longer serve his country.


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The memoir of an Oklahoma-born soldier who enlisted to help his family and was deployed to Iraq describes the horrific conditions to which Iraqi civilians were subjected, his forced participation in raids on accused terrorists he believes were innocent, and his decision to seek asylum in Canada. Reprint.

Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press ; Berkeley, Calif. : Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780802143457
9780871139542
0802143458
Characteristics: 237 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Hill, Lawrence 1957-

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jpward
Dec 31, 2013

Many military errors as will be evident to anyone who has served in the military or been in combat. My final impression was this book was an attempted justification for someone who wanted a free meal from the American Military and then decided to desert. Compared to other writings on the Iraq war this book just doesn't ring true. His claims of regularly beating or killing Iraqi civilians are ridiculous when you consider that American snipers fighting in this conflict are required to DOCUMENT each "kill" they make and be able to justify it within the rules of engagement. The idea that regular infantry can arbitrarily murder children without repercussions is difficult if not impossible to accept. Don't waste your time reading it.

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Mercius
Feb 07, 2011

I was greatly moved by this book. The author presents a horrific tale of his time in the US Army and in Iraq. Being so moved, I continued reading everything I could on the subject. Now, I feel betrayed. I can't help but feel this book is not all true.

There's lots of blood and guts and really awful story about his time in Iraq, but many elements of the novel feel exaggerated, embellished, or just wrong ("gunnery sergeant" is a Marine rank, not a US Army rank, and there is no such thing as an "M-16 Grenade launcher") - mistakes like thing really make me question the author's credibility.

This book is clearly anti-military, and seems to play into every anti-military stereotype out there. But there are factual mistakes that one would not expect from someone who had served in the military that really make me question how much of this is really true.

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Feb 12, 2011

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Mar 04, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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