The Deserter's Tale

The Deserter's Tale

The Story Of An Ordinary Soldier Who Walked Away From The War In Iraq

Book - 2007
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Author Key enlisted in the U.S. Army to learn a trade and provide for his family, and was assured that he would never see combat. Instead, he was sent to Iraq to hunt for terrorists, a mission that involved beating civilians, kidnapping, and destroying homes and families. While on a two-week furlough, Key decided he couldn't go back to Iraq, and took his family to Canada.
Publisher: Toronto : House of Anansi Press, 2007.
ISBN: 9780887842085
0887842089
Branch Call Number: 956.704438 Key 3701ma 1
Characteristics: 237 pages : illustrations, maps.
Additional Contributors: Hill, Lawrence 1957-

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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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