The Deserter's Tale by Joshua Key

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 “Destined to become part of the literature of the Iraq war . . . A substantial contribution to history.”—Los Angeles Times

Now in paperback, The Deserter’s Tale is the first memoir from a soldier who deserted from the war in Iraq, and a vivid and damning indictment of the American military campaign. In spring 2003, young Oklahoman Joshua Key was sent to Ramadi as part of a combat engineer company. It 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. 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. Detailing the grinding horrors of life as part of an occupying force, The Deserter’s Tale is the story of a conservative-minded family man and patriot who went to war believing unquestioningly in his government’s commitment to integrity and justice, and how what he saw in Iraq transformed him into someone who could no longer serve his country.
 

About Joshua Key

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Joshua Key was raised in Guthrie, Oklahoma. This is his first book. Former Globe and Mail staff reporter and acclaimed author. LAWRENCE HILL is the author of several novels and works of non-fiction, including the nationally bestselling The Book of Negroes, Black Berry, Sweet Juice: On Being Black and White in Canada and Some Great Thing. He also co-authored, with Joshua Key, The Deserter' s Tale: The Story of an Ordinary Soldier Who Walked Away from the War in Iraq. Lawrence Hill lives in Hamilton, Ontario. Visit his website at www.lawrencehill.com.
 
Published January 22, 2008 by Grove Press. 260 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, War. Non-fiction

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