For God and Country: Faith and Patriotism Under Fire / Edition 1

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Overview


In 2001, Captain James "Yusuf" Yee was commissioned as one of the first Muslim chaplains in the United States Army. After the tragic attacks of September 11, 2001, he became a frequent government spokesman, helping to educate soldiers about Islam and build understanding throughout the military. Subsequently, Chaplain Yee was selected to serve as the Muslim Chaplain at Guantanamo Bay, where nearly 700 detainees captured in the war on terror were being held as "unlawful combatants."

In September 2003, after serving at Guantanamo for ten months in a role that gave him unrestricted access to the detainees--and after receiving numerous awards for his service there--Chaplain Yee was secretly arrested on his way to meet his wife and daughter for a routine two-week leave. He was locked away in a navy prison, subject to much of the same treatment that had been imposed on the Guantanamo detainees. Wrongfully accused of spying, and aiding the Taliban and Al Qaeda, Yee spent 76 excruciating days in solitary confinement and was threatened with the death penalty.

After the U.S. government determined it had made a grave mistake in its original allegations, it vindictively charged him with adultery and computer pornography. In the end all criminal charges were dropped and Chaplain Yee's record wiped clean. But his reputation was tarnished, and what has been a promising military career was left in ruins.

Depicting a journey of faith and service, Chaplain Yee's For God and Country is the story of a pioneering officer in the U.S. Army, who became a victim of the post-September 11 paranoia that gripped a starkly fearful nation. And it poses a fundamental question: If our country cannot be loyal to even the most patriotic Americans, can it remain loyal to itself?

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Editorial Reviews

John Mintz
His new book about this experience should be required reading for all U.S. officials waging war on Islamist terrorists. For God and Country is an indictment of the sloppy assumptions and religious and cultural blindness that he charges U.S. officials frequently reveal in their struggle with the jihadists.
—The Washington Post
USA Today
"Yee's poignant account of what he describes as an attack on his faith and patriotism is disturbing..."
November 10, 2005
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586483692
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs
  • Publication date: 9/20/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.52 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author


James Yee, a third-generation Chinese-American and a 1990 graduate of West Point, served in the U.S. Army for 14 years, including a tour in Saudi Arabia during the aftermath of the first Gulf War. His spiritual conversion to Islam in 1991 guided his travels to Damascus, Syria, where he studied for four years. He twice traveled to Mecca to make the Haj, the sacred Muslim pilgrimage.
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"There's other things about this place that will be a little harder to take," he [Chaplain Hamza, Yee's predecessor] said, turning toward me in his seat and growing more serious. "I don't want to discourage you on your first night, but you need to be prepared. This is not a friendly environment for Muslims, and I don't just mean for the prisoners." He told me that this assignment had been one of the most difficult that he had ever endured, and not because of the long hours or the disorganization, but because of the anti-Muslim hostility. "You need to watch your back," he said. He explained that when he arrived at Guantanamo three months earlier, the Command Sergeant Major had warned him to be careful, implying that many people who worked in interrogations often took a special interest in Muslim personnel, and the chaplains in particular. "It was helpful information," he said, "and it's worth passing along."

He opened his door. "You'll be fine, but be aware."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2006

    Great Book!!!

    This is a very important book to read because it gives a perspective that mainstream media fails to report. It shows the diversity within the Muslim community.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2005

    An incredible book

    This book reads more like fiction than fact -- both because of the details revealed about Yee's ordeal as well as the sharp prose of the narrative. It's a painful story but a fantastic read -- one of the best written nonfiction books I've read in years.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2005

    Sloppy assumptions????

    The book is a good one, demonstrating the criminal length some in our military went, in this case, to save themselves from their error by damaging this man. Once they realized the error of their ways, he should have been compensated, vindicated. However, it is easy for the peanut gallery to sling mud. The U.S. military, especially under a Republican administration, is a lovely target for those who write for the Wash Post. The Post reporter who commented here is obviously a man with a strong grudge and strong opinions against the military, but no responsibility for solving the menace of radical Islam. He is paid to criticize the effort underway, not solve the danger of radical Islam. Typical for the likes of him to over-simplify the problem facing American security and military officials. My opinion: his comment is self-righteous, a pompous lecture, & cheap one-upsmanship. The military is made up of imperfect people and systems, but it has a tough and urgent task. Maybe this book serves as convenient tool for those inclined to twist an injustice into something that obscures equally compelling issues. Issues like protecting us from the grave danger fanatical Islamic conspiracies place Americans in simply because we are Westerners, Americans, Christians, atheists, have a free press, are feminists, et al. Read the book but keep the story in perspective.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2005

    Amazing

    This book is a nesscary read for anyone polticians to anyone. James Yee's descripton shows how injustice was served and how a predjudice led to all this unesscary time in the courts. A well written and well detailed piece this is a must read.

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