The Last True Story I'll Ever Tell

The Last True Story I'll Ever Tell

An Accidental Soldier's Account of the War in Iraq

Book - 2005
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A Florida National Guardsman who served in Iraq describes how he was called to active duty shortly after his marriage and two credits before he graduated from college, recounting his unit's experiences during and after the fall of Baghdad, a period marked by terror, camaraderie, and disillusionment. 40,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
John Crawford joined the Florida National Guard to pay for his college tuition, willingly exchanging one weekend a month and two weeks a year for a free education. But in autumn 2002, one semester short of graduating and newly married - in fact, on his honeymoon - he was called to active duty and sent to the front lines in Iraq.
Crawford and his unit spent months upon months patrolling the streets of Baghdad, occupying a hostile city. During the breaks between patrols, Crawford began writing nonfiction stories about what he and his fellow soldiers witnessed and experienced.
In a voice at once raw and immediate, Crawford's stories chronicle the daily life of a young soldier in Iraq - the excitement, the horror, the anger, the tedium, the fear, the camaraderie. But all together, the stories gradually uncover something more: the transformation of a group of young men, innocents, into something entirely different.
Those stories became this book, a haunting and powerful, brutal but compellingly honest book - punctuated with both humor and heartbreak - that represents an important document revealing the actual experience of waging the war in Iraq, as well as the introduction of a literary voice forged in the most intense of circumstances.

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& Taylor

A National Guardsman who served in Iraq describes how he was called to active duty shortly after his marriage, recounting his unit's experiences during and after the fall of Baghdad, a period marked by terror, camaraderie, and disillusionment.

Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2005
ISBN: 9781573223140
157322314X
9781594482014
Branch Call Number: 956.7044 Crawford 2005
Characteristics: xiv, 219 pages ; 22 cm

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Daveinportland
Aug 26, 2016

A good reason why you never want to join the National Guard for the college money. Get deployed to a foreign country and basically forgotten about. Anyone whom has ever been deployed in the military can probably relate to many of the stories the author writes. And the book really is a collection of short stories about various things that occured during his tour in Iraq.

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lukasevansherman
Nov 03, 2015

In 2002, John Crawford, newly married and close to graduating, joined the National Guard. The next year, we invaded Iraq and Crawford was surprised to find his unit called up. It could be an interesting story, but he's a poor writer and you'll get little sense of what combat is like. It reads like a lesser "Jarhead," and I didn't even like "Jarhead" that much.

unbalancedbutfair Jun 02, 2012

I've always been fascinated with the stories soldiers tell. Some stories are the stories soldier's are supposed to tell: tales of glory, honor, bravery, brotherhood. Some are the stories they aren't "supposed" to tell but tell anyway. Stories about nights on the town, beautiful women, gambling, drinking and horseplay. But there are also the completely honest stories. Stories where the good and bad are mixed, stories where there isn't a punchline. The hard honest stories that, no matter what your politics, make you question what you thought of the war in question.Those stories are important too, though not as often recounted. This is that type of story. This is an important book. Not because what he has to say is necessarily "true" but because it is honest and written by one who has experienced. His story was worth reading.

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