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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Publisher: Toronto : House of Anansi, 2007.
ISBN: 9780887842085
0887842089
Characteristics: 237 pages :,illustrations, map ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Hill, Lawrence 1957-

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Butterfly121761
Jul 22, 2019

I have been wanting to read the story about Adam Winfield for years but there doesn't seem to be a book about him and hence I stumbled on Joshua Key's story.
It was an interesting read and certainly tells a different story than the other stories telling of soldiers experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan. Having heard of Adam Winfield's story I do believe that there are innocent victims in any war zone but at the same time reading Joshua Key's story I began to wonder how much of it might be fabricated to support his case to stay in Canada.
As with the other reviewers I feel he used the book as a platform to try and gain support and I feel at times he is disrespectful to not only his own country but to Canada as well when he doesn't get his own way.
I am also skeptical about his allegations regarding being deceived when he enlisted, that he was pretty much guaranteed that he would not be sent to the frontlines.

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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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Mercius
Mar 04, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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