Doc The Last True Story I'll Ever Tell: An Accidental Soldier's Account of the War in Iraq John Crawford was newly married when his National Guard unit was shipped to Baghdad in time for the first wave of invasions in the most recent U.S. project against Iraq. As a member of the National Guard, he should have only been overseas for a couple of months. Instead, Crawford fought for over a year before being sent home. This book tells some of the things he experienced while stationed in Baghdad.Crawford took his title from the fact that he never wants to tell another true story because they are too depressing and messed up. When he eventually did come home, no one understood what he had been through; he didn’t want to let them in on it. This is not a happy book: it is graphic, disturbing, and angry. But it is a necessary commentary on the recent steps of the United States. If you are anti-war, this book will help you feel justified. If you are pro-war (at least pro-this one), this book will not change your mind. But it will make you think.. The Last True Story I'll Ever Tell: An Accidental Soldier's Account of the War in Iraq go inside Kindle The only book about the war in Iraq by a soldier on the ground destined to become a classic of war literature John Crawford joined the Florida National Guard to pay for his college tuition it had seemed a small sacrifice to give up one weekend a month and two weeks a year in exchange for a free education But one semester short of graduating, and newly married, he was caThe only book about the war in Iraq by a soldier on the ground destined to become a classic of war literature John Crawford joined the Florida National Guard to pay for his college tuition it had seemed a small sacrifice to give up one weekend a month and two weeks a year in exchange for a free education But one semester short of graduating, and newly married, he was called to active duty to serve in Kuwait, then on the front lines of the invasion of Iraq, and ultimately in Baghdad While serving in Iraq, Crawford began writing short nonfiction stories, his account of what he and his fellow soldiers experienced in the war At the urging of a journalist embedded with his unit, he began sending his pieces out of the country via an anonymous Internet e mail account In a voice at once raw and immediate, Crawford s work vividly chronicles the daily life of a young soldier in Iraq the excitement, the horror, the anger, the tedium, the fear, the camaraderie All together, the stories slowly uncover something the transformation of a group of young college students innocents into something entirely different In the tradition of Tim O Brien s The Things They Carried, this haunting and powerful, brutal but compellingly honest book promises to become the lasting, personal literary account of the United States involvement in Iraq.. John Crawford Is a well-known author, some of his books are a fascination for readers like in the
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