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The Deserter's Tale: The Story of an Ordinary Soldier Who Walked Away from the War in Iraq

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Joshua Key, a young husband and father from a conservative background in Oklahoma, enlisted in the United States Army in 2002, to get training as a welder and to lift his family out of poverty. He believed he would not be deployed unless World War III broke out. A year later. President George W. Bush ordered the invasion of Iraq. In spring 2003, Key was sent to Ramadi as part of the 43rd Combat Engineer Company of the Second Squadron, Third Armored Cavalry. The war be found himself participating in 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. Nearly every other night, he participated in raids on homes he was told were harboring terrorists. He and his company arrested all the men inside, then ransacked the homes while frightened women and children stood by. They never found evidence of terrorist activity. He witnessed a seven-year-old girl killed while attempting to scrounge leftover Army rations as food for her family, and a car full of apparently unarmed Iraqis whose dead bodies provided sport for U.S. soldiers. 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. The Deserter's Tale details life as part of the occupying force--it is not an expose of terrible atrocity, but an account of an experience where human rights abuses and impunity for committing them were routine. It is the story of a conservative-minded family man and patriot from Oklahoma who went into the war believing unquestioningly in his government'scommitment 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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 “Destined to become part of the literature of the Iraq war . . . A substantial contribution to history.”—Los Angeles Times

Now in paperback, The Deserters 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 Deserters Tale is the story of a conservative-minded family man and patriot who went to war believing unquestioningly in his governments 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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ISBN:
9780802143457
Author:
Key, Joshua
Publisher:
Grove Press
With:
Hill, Lawrence
Hill, Lawrence:
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Author:
Hill, Lawrence
Subject:
Military
Subject:
HIS027170
Subject:
Military - Iraq War (2003-)
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Biography-Military
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20071231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 10 oz

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 “Destined to become part of the literature of the Iraq war . . . A substantial contribution to history.”—Los Angeles Times

Now in paperback, The Deserters 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 Deserters Tale is the story of a conservative-minded family man and patriot who went to war believing unquestioningly in his governments 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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