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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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ISBN13: 9780871139542
ISBN10: 0871139545
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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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This memoir tells of a soldier's experience during the Iraq War and how he decided to desert. Key, who served in Iraq in the US Army in 2003, describes his personal life, beginning with his childhood, his patriotism, recruitment and training, and time in Iraq, where he witnessed the human rights abuses that caused him to leave the military. No index is included.
Annotation 2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

This memoir tells of a soldier's experience during the Iraq War and how he decided to desert. Key, who served in Iraq in the US Army in 2003, describes his personal life, beginning with his childhood, his patriotism, recruitment and training, and time in Iraq, where he witnessed the human rights abuses that caused him to leave the military. No index is included. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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In the first ever memoir from a young soldier who deserted from the war in Iraq, Joshua Key offers a vivid and damning indictment of what we are doing there and how the war itself is being waged. Key, a young husband and father from a conservative background, enlisted in the Army in 2002 to get training as a welder and lift his family out of poverty. A year later, Key was sent to Ramadi where he found himself participating in a war that was not the campaign against terrorists and evildoers he had expected. He saw Iraqi civilians beaten, shot, and killed for little or no provocation. Nearly ever other night, he participated in raids on homes that found only terrified families and no evidence of terrorist activity. On leave, Key knew he could not return so he took his family underground, finally seeking asylum in Canada. The Deserters Tale is the story of a patriotic family man 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.

Synopsis:

In the first-ever memoir from a young soldier who deserted from the war in Iraq, Joshua Key offers a vivid and damning indictment of what America is doing there and how the war itself is being waged.

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jbuckler, March 7, 2007 (view all comments by jbuckler)
Congratulations for telling the world the truth on iraq.
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angelagott, February 23, 2007 (view all comments by angelagott)
I'm 56, female, childless, decided at 15 1/2 never to give birth on US soil because of the Vietnam War and have no regrets. Not enough of us learned from Vietnam and now history is repeating again. I read Joshua's book in one sitting and could relate to how he grew up in rural small town isolation and ignorance of the larger world around him and politics and policy decisions made to go to war for pretext reasons. This boy got suckered and once he got over there and saw the inhumanity, the war crimes committed again and again all around him, he became a victim with PTSD himself. I hope that Canada will do the right thing for all these brave soldiers who fled to Canada. Canada was there for my generation and should be there for these boys too. Canada was America's conscience in Vietnam because it provided safe haven for those who desperately needed it. Canada needs to rescue these soldiers and their families so that the American Government can not further hurt them any more than it already has. This War was based on lies and thousands of Iraqi civilians are dead now, not to mention US troops sent there just to die for nothing and come back in boxes the US Government hides from the American People. These soldiers are mostly American poor and unskilled from rural areas who are tricked into signing up or coerced due to their extreme poverty and lack of options. I hope that Canada will show mercy on these desperate cases because somebody has to be sane and the USA is insane to have started a war against Iraq in the first place and causing all these lives to be needlessly lost over its leaders' greed for oil, control attempt for a permanent site in the middle east, and excuse to make the Iraq War a platform for US Corporations to win multi-million dollar defense contracts and make all these Republicans even richer than they are already. This was motivated for personal revenge against Saddam and a lust for even more money and power and control over all that oil. Why should all these people die for the USA's greed for oil? I hope Canada will protect these soldiers from the US Military justice system which is corrupt and self-serving. Canada is these soldiers' only hope.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780871139542
Subtitle:
The Story of an Ordinary Soldier Who Walked Away from the War in Iraq
Publisher:
Atlantic Monthly Press
Hill, Lawrence:
As Told to
Author:
Key, Joshua
Author:
Hill, Lawrence
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Military
Subject:
Americans
Subject:
Military - Iraq War (2003-)
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20070117
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 17 oz

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In the first ever memoir from a young soldier who deserted from the war in Iraq, Joshua Key offers a vivid and damning indictment of what we are doing there and how the war itself is being waged. Key, a young husband and father from a conservative background, enlisted in the Army in 2002 to get training as a welder and lift his family out of poverty. A year later, Key was sent to Ramadi where he found himself participating in a war that was not the campaign against terrorists and evildoers he had expected. He saw Iraqi civilians beaten, shot, and killed for little or no provocation. Nearly ever other night, he participated in raids on homes that found only terrified families and no evidence of terrorist activity. On leave, Key knew he could not return so he took his family underground, finally seeking asylum in Canada. The Deserters Tale is the story of a patriotic family man 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.
"Synopsis" by , In the first-ever memoir from a young soldier who deserted from the war in Iraq, Joshua Key offers a vivid and damning indictment of what America is doing there and how the war itself is being waged.
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