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The Deserter`s Tale

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A good soldier from a conservative Oklahoma background, John Key was an unlikely candidate for desertion. But while home on leave from Iraq, Key and his family disappeared, later surfacing in Canada, where Key sought asylum. Here, in his own words, he describes what he saw on his tour of duty in Iraq, as American troops crossed the line of human decency too many times. Key now says that the American occupation is a cruel and violent disruption of the lives of ordinary Iraqis, and that he had to take a stand against it.


Dimensions 9.3x6.7x1.1
ISBN 9780871139542
Format Hardcover
Pages 237
Publisher Date 2007-01-28 00:00:00.0
Publisher Atlantic Monthly Pr
Copyright Year 2007
Height 9.25 in
Wdth 6.0 in
Thickness 1.25 in
Unit weight 1.1 lb
Language English
Subtitle The Story Of An Ordinary Soldier Who Walked Away from the War in Iraq
Audience General/trade
Authors Key, Joshua

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  • The Reader Also Desert's

    I bought this book because I have a son in the armed forces who has already been to Afghanastan and is scheduled to go to Iraq in Dec '07. I wanted to get a feel for what my son might go through by seeing Iraq through another soldiers eyes. This soldier purports himself to be a true American, would die for his country, and so on. What he did after 5 and a half months was walk away from his Company, and his Country and not only became a war criminal, but turned his wife and four children into criminals. Nowhere in the book could I find one resonable excuse for what he did. Military life is hard, service in Iraq in the early days was often shameful, but he had other avenues, and he should have explored those before going to Canada. So far Canada has turned him down for political aslyium, and I hope his appeal is turned down as well. Keys need to come back and face those he left behind. I'm also sorry that the money I spent on the book is helping to support him even a little. Oh, I did talk to my son about the concerns I had in the book, he told me that someone was lying. So, if you do go ahead and read this book, keep that in mind.

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