The deserter's tale : the story of an ordinary soldier who walked away from the war in Iraq
Title
The deserter's tale : the story of an ordinary soldier who walked away from the war in Iraq

Author
Key, Joshua.

ISBN
9780871139542

Edition
1st ed.

Publication Information
New York : Atlantic Monthly Press ; Berkeley, Calif. : Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2007.

Physical Description
237 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm.

Contents
Childhood -- Recruitment and training -- Early days in Iraq -- Return to Ramadi -- The girl at the hospital -- al-Habbaniyah -- al-Qa'im -- AWOL.

Personal Subject
Key, Joshua.

Subject Term
Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Personal narratives, American.
 
Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Desertions -- United States.
 
Military deserters -- United States -- Biography.
 
Americans -- Canada.

Added Author
Hill, Lawrence, 1957-

Summary
In the first 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. Key, a young husband and father from a conservative background, enlisted in 2002 to lift his family out of poverty. A year later, he found himself participating in a war that was not the campaign against evildoers he had expected. He saw Iraqi civilians beaten, shot, and killed for little or no provocation. He participated in raids that found only terrified families and no evidence of terrorist activity. On leave, Key knew he could not return, so he took his family to seek asylum in Canada. His book tells how a patriotic man went to war, believing in his government's commitment to integrity and justice, and was transformed by what he saw in Iraq.--From publisher description.


LibraryMaterial TypeCall NumberItem AvailableCopiesStatus
R.H. Stafford Library (Woodbury)Book956.7044 KEY11Nonfiction Collection