The Deserter's Tale

The Deserter's Tale

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

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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.

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Joshua Key's critically acclaimed memoir, The Deserter's Tale, is the first account from a soldier who deserted from the war in Iraq, and a vivid and damning indictment of how the war is being waged.

In spring 2003, young Oklahoman Joshua Key was sent to Ramadi as part of a combat engineer company with the U.S. military. The war he found himself participating in was not the campaign against terrorists and evildoers he had expected. Key saw Iraqi civilians beaten, shot, and killed for little or no provocation. After six 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.

In clear-eyed, compelling prose crafted with the help of award-winning Canadian novelist and journalist Lawrence Hill, The Deserter's Tale tells the story of a man who went into the war believing unquestioningly in his government and who was transformed into a person who ethically, morally, and physically could no longer serve his country.


Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 9781770890725
Characteristics: text file
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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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Mar 04, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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