The Last True Story I'll Ever Tell: An Accidental Soldier's Account of the War in Iraq

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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 The Last True Story I'll Ever Tell: An Accidental Soldier's Account of the War in Iraq book, this is one of the most wanted John Crawford author readers around the world. . The best Ebook The Last True Story I'll Ever Tell: An Accidental Soldier's Account of the War in Iraq I have read The Last True Story I'll Ever Tell more than once and rather enjoyed and recognized portions of it. There is a great deal disparate opinion regarding this book and to some extent I'd say deservedly so. John Crawford was a young man who had previously served and in fact had been in the 101st Airborne Division. He did know what he was doing when he joined the Florida National Guard; with that in mind the portion of the title: " An Accidental Soldier's Account of the War in Iraq" is a bit disingenuous. There are things that take place that would definitely be considered dereliction of duty and would at the least lead to a well-deserved Article 15. Much of the behavior of the soldiers is attributed to the classic triumvirate miseries of life in wartime: physical discomfort, battle stress and crushing boredom. Crawford is an able conduit for the way that this effects the men including himself. I strongly sympathize with much of what recounts, however as an intelligent and experienced soldier he fails to probe his own actions as deeply as he might have. The loneliness, isolation and deprivation of warfare can make combatants selfless or selfish, can hone them to a sharp edge or dull the edge of duty. It seems that a failure of both leadership and individual initiative seems to permeate the unit. By it's very nature occupation duty is unpleasant and the soldiers in The Last True Story I'll Ever Tell seemed poorly suited to dealing with its caprices. As a bright person, nearly having completed an Anthropology degree, it would have been interesting to see Crawford reflect more on the continuing of conflict and in which he was embroiled at the site of one of the cradles of civilization. He is largely incurious about the Iraqi people. Now there's a natural effect of distancing from the populace that is necessary as a soldier when dealing with a possibly hostile body of civilians. Additionally there can be a great price to be paid for any of the locals who are to friendly to the Americans. Wahlee a local business owner is thought of as an ally by some but is abused by a patrol that didn't know him and Leena who may have met with reprisals be her family or community do to seeming to friendly to the Americans.I did enjoy this book but I found myself wondering if a truly great book was hidden beneath its surface.

  1. John Crawford Is a well-known author, some of his books are a fascination for readers like in the The Last True Story I'll Ever Tell: An Accidental Soldier's Account of the War in Iraq book, this is one of the most wanted John Crawford author readers around the world.

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  1. I have read The Last True Story I ll Ever Tell than once and rather enjoyed and recognized portions of it There is a great deal disparate opinion regarding this book and to some extent I d say deservedly so John Crawford was a young man who had previously served and in fact had been in the 101st Airborne Division He did know what he was doing when he joined the Florida National Guard with that in mind the portion of the title An Accidental Soldier s Account of the War in Iraq is a bit disingenu [...]


  2. 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 a [...]


  3. While I was reading the preface of this book, this was my exact thought Wow, this guy is pissed off This is going to be good I wasn t wrong This book is good It is also gut churning, heart wrenching, and devastating I was riveted I could hardly put it down Crawford was clearly very angry when he wrote it, and I don t blame him He joined the National Guard to earn money for college He never expected to be sent to fight a war overseas and in my opinion he never should have been that s not the inte [...]


  4. If you ever for some reason stumble upon this review in the endless stream of comments to come Thank you John Crawford for writing about your experience I have friends that have served in the military and come back different most of them not in a good way I never pester them with questions about their experience because as you put it well in your own words I get the strong feeling that they are asked too often and telling true stories about horrible things that happened is not as fun as non war [...]


  5. A heartbreakingly true account of a soldier s life in the current Iraq war The author was a National Guardsman who expected to do the two weeks a year thing until he was called up to do security detail in Baghda hence the accidental soldier of the title The horrors he witnessed and the agony and fear he had to endure will be familiar to anyone who reads the paper, but his attention to detail and his pulse pounding anecdotes bring his tale home Ultimately, a damning anti war tale without a happy [...]


  6. A collection of possibly quasi fictive vignettes and memories of the author s tour patrolling the streets of Baghdad for over a year He s an extremely bitter man, and I was struck by how entitled and selfish he paints himself, how little empathy he shows Even the subtitle, an accidental soldier, is misleading he wasn t drafted, he signed up for the National Guard If he didn t think that made him a soldier, he s an idiot.But throughout the book, his behavior and attitudes are shocking He knows an [...]


  7. The Last True Story I ll Ever Tell is a book of eighteen short stories about a young man from a small town in northeast Florida who fought the war in Iraq starting with the invasion to topple Saddam Hussein in 2003 The book was published in 2005 when many of us were just beginning to realize that this war might go on for some time Young Americans who had come as warriors had become occupiers John Crawford is twenty five and angry He thought he had made a small commitment to the Florida National [...]


  8. I could see where Crawford might have been in a writing class and someone said, Hey, you re writing about your experiences as a soldier in war Here, read this and hands him a copy of Tim O Brian s The Things They Carried While the title of Crawford s book and his final chapter are strongly reminiscent of O Brian s essay How to Tell a True War Story, it lacks the artistry, the finesse, the ironic tone of O Brian s work Crawford is, to put it bluntly and in his own words pissed off You guys don t [...]


  9. I really thought I would like this book I really wanted to like this book I had a really hard time actually finishing this book I actually made myself finish it because I kept thinking Surely at some point, it will be good I generally enjoy personal memoirs, especially those who have been through something life changing, such as going to war Not this book Firstly I disliked the overall negativity that permeated this book Yes I can understand some of his negative emotions towards the events that [...]


  10. A friend, Sean Coutain, gave me this book a couple years ago, and I didn t read it then because I was just back from Iraq and not interested I finally picked it up last week and flew through it Crawford s experience was much different than mine In part, because he was there at the start it was the wild west and living conditions were at their most primitive I had expected this book to be an indictment of the Iraq War, and maybe that s even what Crawford intended Instead, however, I found it to b [...]


  11. At the author states, you know it is true because it turns your stomach This is not a book about heroism and valor, it isn t about the people capturing Sadam or killing Bin Laden It is a book about the reality of war from the perspective of those entrenched in it While experiences differ, Crawford s experience was that of a person that was on the ground for over a year and really didn t see that our presence was making much of a difference This, than likely, shades his opinion and his stories I [...]


  12. A poorly written collection of unrelated and pointless stories about a soldier s experiences in the War in Iraq Maybe that s the point, that the war is random and pointless and we ll all be glad when it s over just like I was with this book.


  13. This review is written on 18 February 2006 without having read any of the other reviews I want to offer an opinion without being influenced by other readers I won t be as insightful or thoughtful as they, as I am writing in a hurry, preparing to leave for Iraq myself in three days but as a contractor , and full disclosure having just retired after 36 years in the US Army.First, I salute John Crawford for having served in the Infantry and facing daily dangers in direct combat, neither of which I [...]


  14. Very good captivating story Crawford outlines his time as a national guardsmen in iraq for a year in very descriptive detail that moves the book along smoothly.


  15. Book Review The Last True Story I ll Ever Tell An Accidental Soldier s Account of the War in Iraq by John Crawford Hey Crawford, you got a piece of brain on your foot Florida National Guardsmen, John Crawford, was two credits away from graduation FSU He was newly married and on his honeymoon when he was called to the front lines of the invasion force of Iraq In between his patrols, he started writing stories about what happened to him and his squad These stories became The Last True Story I ll E [...]


  16. The Last True Story I ll Ever Tell An Accidental Soldier s Account of the War in Iraq, by John Crawford, Narrated by Patrick Lawlor, Produced by Tantor Media, Downloaded from audible.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 fr [...]


  17. I know it s a good book when I m still thinking about it 10 days after I finished it I was looking for brutal honesty and the raw emotional toll of war not a factual history tome , and I got it in this book Sometimes it was as much what WASN T written as what was the chapter near the end with the three young boys is a good example That is a delicate balance for a writer and it was powerful Note toning down the swear words and tightening up the sentence structure would have made it even powerful [...]


  18. It hit me hard, this story of John Crawford s military posting in Iraq with the Florida National Guard My own son happened to be in the Florida National Guard, joining in order to get his college education like John Crawford did, just a couple of years after John At one point he was short listed to be sent to either Iraq or Afghanistan, I forget which He managed to slide out of that one and after reading John s story I can t tell you how glad I am of that But you know, I do know other people who [...]


  19. The Last True Story I ll ever tell by John Crawford was a great book This book is about a college kid who was also in the National Guard Before John could finish college he was deployed to Iraq In Iraq John writes and expresses how he feels He learns that after telling his story he will never tell another one again John being forced to go to Iraq made him a stronger person Readers get to understand his experience a little better in Iraq and also see how he changes when he goes back home.I liked [...]


  20. It is a well written series of stories and anecdotes of Crawford s time serving in the military What really gets you about the book is his honest no bullshit assessment of the war, he isn t trying to demonize the military for ruining his life, or make him out to be a galavanting hero, he s just telling you stories, true stories, or if not true, at least ones that he believes His stories aren t lost in military jargon, and are accessible whether this is your first military book or your 50th The m [...]


  21. Crawford s account of his tour in Iraq is very different from Mark Owen s story about being a part of Seal Team 6 While the latter chooses a path and applies every ounce he has to fulfilling his dream, the former falls into war as a National Guard and endures an extended tour in a place he cannot stand.Whether or not all of what Crawford tells is true, his tone is raw and sometimes angry He doesn t hold back about little insurrections he and his fellow soldiers commit to relieve boredom or tensi [...]


  22. This was a very eye opening book set in the earlier days of the Iraq invasion It was incredibly sad to read the lack of organization the beginning of this war had for this group of National Guardsmen I can t speak for the condition of active duty members, but it sure seems that these guys were treated as if they came from the bottom of the barrel I am not surprised at how they reacted with Iraqi nationals It s sad but that s history Nothing atrocious was shared however in that situation, it s no [...]


  23. Crawford was a member of the Florida National Guard and in The Last True Story I ll Ever Tell he documents his time in Iraq The thing that most stood out to me was how much this book sounded like the Vietnam memoirs I read years ago If you changed Iraq to Vietnam, desert to jungle, and valium to marijuana, this would almost pass as a book about Vietnam If I was a better writer I would probably write something about how this shows some grand meaning about the face of war, but I m not, so I won t [...]


  24. I recently ended my Active Duty military career and I was flooded with so many different thoughts about this book and the experiences of its author soldier The overwhelming thoughts were how proud I am to have been associated, in even the slightest ways, with the folks who get the job done, and the shame that some leadership lost sight of whole mission to focus on their own glory.John Crawford s story caught my attention from the first paragraph of the Prelude and wouldn t let it go until I clos [...]


  25. I read this many years ago I found it to be a brutally honest, and boots on the ground perspective of the quagmire that was the Iraq war Unlike the headlines we were reading at the time, it added faces and names to the war and the impact it has on people Having lived through the Lebanese civil war, it was refreshing to see someone articulate the experiences of those who live through it, and how they are perceived by the military.


  26. AMAZING If anyone really wants to know and appreciate the American ground perspective of Iraq then I highly recommend this book Warning It is as raw, intense and honest as they come Crawford also has a unique gift for putting his reader in his shoes without seeming contrived in the least Any person responsible for any aspect of US foreign policy should be required to read this book, and quite frankly, any American voter.


  27. I liked this one okay but it left a bit of an odd aftertaste in my mouth I think maybe I was picking up on the author ambivalance toward his whole experience Every man or woman s story of their military experience is valid and worth telling It s important not just to read about the medal of honor winners but the regular soldiers too.


  28. Just like any memoir, this could all be lies, but the emotional truth of The Last True Story I ll Ever Tell will have you tasting sand between your teeth.



  29. A flat and real account of a soldiers experience in Iraq perhaps I rate it no higher only because civilians and our nation seek to glorify the war effort or the courageous heroics of our soldiers, and this account shatters any delusions therein Unlike the work of Tim O Brien, which deals with similar sentiments from another generation s war, the only real religion or artistry here is the empty, bleak reality that pushes disturbingly into nihilism What s worse is Crawford so expertly brings that [...]


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