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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In a voice at once raw and immediate, the author chronicles his daily life as a young soldier in Iraq: the excitement, horror, anger, tedium, fear, camaraderie and the transformation of a group of young college students into something entirely different.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2005.
ISBN: 9781573223140
157322314X
Call Number: 956.7044 CRAWFORD
Characteristics: p. ; cm.
Subjects: Crawford, John.
Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Personal narratives, American.

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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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