The Last True Story I'll Ever Tell

  • by John Crawford
  • Narrated by Patrick Lawlor
  • 5 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 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. Altogether, the stories slowly uncover something more: the transformation of a group of young college students, innocents, into something entirely different.

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What the Critics Say

"Crawford's writing pulses with urgency, and, gloriously, his story of being an American soldier in Iraq is shattering and relentless." (David Amsden, author of Important Things That Don't Matter)

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An honest, real account of the Iraq War

This book is a must read by everyone. It does not matter what your position on the Iraq war might be. This Citizen Soldier gives a very honest description of his tour in Iraq. The good and the bad. More than anything, I think it reveals the price that our soldiers pay for their service. My thanks to John Crawford for his service, his sacrifice and his candor.
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- Michael J. Mountain

You can't handle the truth

I hope more people read this book. Being a service man myself I respect this man. My heart goes out to all serving. When will someone figure out that you can not keep a soldier in action for this length or TIME!! OMG have we not learned anything from our prior wars? Anyway, I love this book. I felt like I was there standing next to this man. He could have been in my unit. I wish I could describe the feelings I felt reading this book. It brings you right back to the time in uniform. Tears in my eyes and sadness in my heart, and pride in the job. I feel so sad and angry, not just for our soldiers, but for the people they are they are protecting. READ this book with caution. If you haven't held a weapon in battle you might not "get it". If you have, I promise you it will bring back memories. For me, I want to remember. I loved that feeling of that close group of people who "got my back". There is nothing like it. This book will only touch the tip of the iceberg of war and the grunt level.
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- Stephen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-19-2005
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio