The Last True Story I'll Ever Tell [NOOK Book]

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In the tradition of Michael Herr's Dispatches, a National Guardsman's account of the war in Iraq.



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 ...
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Overview

In the tradition of Michael Herr's Dispatches, a National Guardsman's account of the war in Iraq.



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 recording what he and his fellow soldiers witnessed and experienced. Those stories became The Last True Story I'll Ever Tell—a haunting and powerful, compellingly honest book that imparts the on-the-ground reality of waging the war in Iraq, and marks as the introduction of a mighty literary voice forged in the most intense of circumstances.



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What People Are Saying

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“Potent…Crawford tells tales that bring human dimensions to his situation.” —The New York Times

“A National Guardsman who never expected to see battle writes a shattering account of the war that changed his life.” —People

"Tremendous...An incredibly gripping book, and incredibly well-written. It's a remarkable story...I commend [Crawford] not only for his service, but for the account of it, which is really a wonderful read."Jon Stewart, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

"Harrowing and exquisite."—Time

"Takes its place among the very best tales of men at warit rings with the raw emotional energies of truth and anger and sadness."The New Orleans Times-Picayune

“It's f***ing dynamite… Like Michael Herr in Dispatches, Crawford really has it down. He’s got it nailed.” —Thom Jones, author of The Pugilist at Rest

“Crawford is a wonderfully descriptive writer—and reading this book feels like climbing into a Humvee to patrol Baghdad in 130-degree heat.” —Minneapolis Star Tribune

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101217399
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/4/2006
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 294,125
  • File size: 586 KB

Meet the Author

John Crawford was newly married and two credits away from completing a B.A. in anthropology at Florida State University when he was sent to Iraq. He thought he was finished with his soldiering days after completing a stint with the Army’s famed 101st Airborne Division, and his National Guard service was little more than an afterthought. Crawford and his National Guard unit crossed into Iraq on the first day of the invasion. Baghdad fell more quickly than anyone had planned, and while most of the soldiers involved with the invasion were sent home, Crawford’s National Guard unit stayed to patrol the city for more than a year. Crawford now lives in Florida, where he is completing his degree and writing. He no longer has any affiliation with the Army.
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  • Posted January 4, 2012

    A well written crime!

    I will be very honest, the book is well written, but paints a terrible picture of the American soldier. I do not know if I am reviewing the book or the content of the character of the man who wrote it. But, I will give it a shot.
    I believe the public has a right to know the good and bad of what happen in Iraq, but the story of a soldier who lied, cheated, stole and did drugs only reflects poorly on all of us. A golden rule, if you get away with it, take it to your grave. I would love a JAG Officer to read this and follow up with the punishment that fits the crimes.
    I was in Baghdad, March 2004-2005, I did not see soldier dishonoring their service and country, but I have no doubt their were pockets and places where some did. If you want to see the under belly of the US Army, this is a great read. I do not recommend it. There are many great examples of faithful service out there. I recommend you find one of those!
    The story is gripping and like watching a train wreck. You can not stop reading, because you want to see just how bad it can get. You want to see what is around the next corner, but you really do not want to know. We all have our favorites, this book is not mine.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    Thanks for your service..

    Great memoir, different perspective of occupation duty. Really well written, although, in the end I wasn't really sure what the main point was, kind of left me feeling like I had read a fictional book? You'll have to read to understand. Still, I looked forward to reading it everytime, shows there is much more to a soldiers life than fighting, or how many enemies a soldier actually has, physically and emotionally. Thank you for your service, I hope things are well for you Mr. Crawford.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2008

    one of the most awful books I've had the misfortune to read

    I was forced to read this book for two of my college classes this semester, and it is horrible. I'm not a soldier and I will not claim to be omniscient, so I'm not sure if it is factually accurate or not, but the style is poor. The story is rife with swearing and profanity, the Americans are portrayed as callous, trigger-happy idiots with absolutely no respect for the civilians around them, and Crawford seems like a very whiny individual that doesn't want to accept the consequences of his actions. I don't find the story inspirational or enlightening, and I don't think that even the most liberal reader would classify this as 'literature.' It sucked.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 22, 2010

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    A Glimpse of War in Iraq Must Read!

    An amazing true story of a National Guards Infantry soldiers experience fighting the war in Iraq. A young man pushed beyond endurance. A savage and compelling work that reveals the true cost of the Iraq adventure, the price paid by young soldiers. I recommend this book to readers to better understand what its like to be a young Infantry soldier in the war in Iraq.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    A Journey through Crawford's Boots

    I never was into reading books, and I chose this as my first real novel of my favorite subject: war. Hearing his story and the images that he seen is one that truly makes one think how different a world is through the eyes of a soldier. The whole way through the book, i never wanted to stop reading, and so it got to me. Now I'm actually buying more stories of war because of this novel. It's a must read book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2008

    A great book, even if your not into the war....

    This was an excellent book, it really explains the details and information about the war that the news will never clearly describe to the public. It gives indepth perspective about, what the soldiers of are really dealing with, fighting in the war. I recommend this book to all readers, who want to know more about the war.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2008

    Very inspirational and chillingly true

    For a person who has no affiliation with the military, i just grabbed this book without thinking, expand my horizons. I read this book in 3 hours, i just could NOT put it down. It's a very sad story and definitly an eye opener. I STRONGLY reccomend this book to anyone, it puts in perspective just what really goes on in iraq and the hardships our soldiers endure. This just by far is the best book i've read!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2007

    The Last True Story I'll Ever Tell

    This is an exceptional book. I bought it for my son, who is serving in Iraq. I scanned the first few pages and I was hooked. It gives great insight of what our troops are doing over there and the conditions they are subjected to. A must read for military families and soldiers as well. This book has been passed around the 82nd Airborne.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2007

    WOW - I read it in one setting

    Incredible story. I read it in one sitting. It is a very human story and it keeps you on the edge of your seat.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2007

    A reviewer

    A very well put together book. John Crawford really lived the life that soldiers do. This book will keep you reading without ever wanting to put the book down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2007

    The Last Tru Story I'll Ever Tell

    At the heart of the novel lies the truth about war, about what soldiers are really fighting for. What is that? I read it but I count understand what sldiers are really ighting for

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