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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (994 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Crawford Narrator: Patrick Lawlor Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 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 email 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 more: the transformation of a group of young college students 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A tremendous book…incredibly gripping and incredibly well-written”

    Jon Stewart, The Daily Show

  • “Lawlor is masterful. Every now and then, you get a narrator who’s so good he becomes indistinguishable from the character he’s portraying. That would be Lawlor. He manages to convey the grittiness of the country, the gruffness of the soldiers, and Crawford’s simmering anger and resentment with seamless ease.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sarah | 2/19/2014

    " An honest account of one soldier's life in Iraq. He tells about missions he went on, life in Iraq, the people, how it affected his life at home, the morale of the soldiers. This book is written VERY well. It is broken up into short stories instead of a long memoir or hard to read account. It is a book that I did not want to put down, and gave me a different perspective on the soldiers life. It really lets you into what they go through day to day when they are deployed for a very long time. It is non-political and quick witted. Great book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Marissa | 2/4/2014

    " A little slow to start for me but then I got into it. A series of vignettes from the author's National Guard tour in Iraq. It's a bit troubling (but perhaps, realistic) to hear about some of the behavior that went on (goes on) between the soldiers and civilians. This is certainly not the way to make friends of other nations! Sigh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rastasemprss | 2/3/2014

    " It's a honest account of one solider's experience. Not surprising to the knowing soul however quite chilling to those who are far removed from the evils of war. Good read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Victoria Harben | 1/30/2014

    " A fairly gritty tale of war from an honest perspective. Crawford is one of the best soldiers turned writers out there and this book held my interest throughout. It's a quick, insightful read. "

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About the Author

SPC John Crawford is an American Iraq War veteran and writer originally from Palatka, Florida. In the early 2000s, Crawford, already an Army veteran, had enlisted in the Army National Guard to help pay for his college tuition. With two credits to go before college graduation, John Crawford was called to active duty, sent to Kuwait and soon after to the front lines in Iraq. His bestselling memoir The Last True Story I’ll Ever Tell, is about his tour in Iraq. Crawford has made appearances on National Public Radio and The Daily Show.