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“It was a privilege to read this book. As a veteran, it was especially meaningful to me because I know some of the participants personally. It certainly opened my eyes and heart to their struggle. I know that it will have the same impact to everyone who reads it. It is especially compelling because it gives a wonderful cross section of veterans in their struggle with the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. I think that it has the potential of getting people involved in the anti-war movement. Together we can make a difference in a world that seems engulfed in war.” Dennis Lane, executive director, Veterans for Peace

“This book documents the resistance of American heroes—resistance to illegal wars, to immoral wars, and to government secrecy, that threaten the very foundation of our democracy. A must-read for every American.”  —Marjorie Cohn, co-author, Rules of Disengagement

“When new soldiers swear to support and defend the U.S. Constitution by following lawful orders, what are they to do when they are given unlawful orders? About Face provides raw examples of precisely what soldiers are doing who take their oath seriously.”  —Dahr Jamail, author, The Will to Resist

“During this time of war it is vital that every American take a moment to listen to the firsthand accounts of those who have served on the front lines and those who refuse to fight.”  —Aaron Glantz, author, The War Comes Home

About Face gives us important insights into the consciences of women and men who volunteer for the military but find they cannot obey orders to fight in illegal wars. These are brave and loyal Americans who are willing to challenge the U.S. government and perhaps go to jail rather than betray their inner voices that say NO to these wars!” Ann Wright, retired U.S. Army colonel and author, Dissent

"We highly recommend this book. It is must reading for young people who are being targeted by military recruiters and for all who wish to better understand what led these young men and women to enlist and then to resist." —Z Magazine (October 2012)

"This book is a collection of interviews about resisting militarism and empire. They are organized into five sections on the refusal to go back to the military, rejecting military culture, thinking independently in military and how the military suppresses it, and resisting flagrant abuse." —Book News Reference & Research (January 2013)

About the Author

Buff Whitman-Bradley is an author, an editor, and a social justice activist in the Courage to Resist organizing collective. He lives in Marin, California. Sarah Lazare is an independent journalist, an editor, and an organizer in the U.S. antiwar and GI resistance movement through the Civilian-Soldier Alliance and Courage to Resist. She lives in Urbana, Illinois. Cynthia Whitman-Bradley is a birth doula and an activist through Courage to Resist and ¡Presente! She lives in Marin, California.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: PM Press; Original edition (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604864400
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604864403
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #218,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ghanim Khalil on November 17, 2011
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This book is about the personal experiences of former U.S. military personnel who for various reasons oppose war in general and the current wars specifically. Their experiences are recounted in order to show the complexities that go along with being both human and trained warrior in the modern military. To dismiss the book because you disagree with some of these individuals is your choice but their perspectives have shown to be quite valid in terms of hindsight (we must learn from history) as well as in terms of the consequences war often produces for the individuals involved and the societies directly influenced. To be more frank, they called out their government for initiating an immoral war that has created death, destruction, and chaos. The full implications of our current military involvements have yet to reveal their long-term wounds upon the domestic and international scene. There are plenty of voices from all areas of American society (including from within the military and government - current and former employees) that now acknowledge the immorality and unconstitutionality of the war on Iraq, so one can hardly fault these men and women for having the intelligence to figure it out and do something about it. Some prefer a black and white version of reality reflected through simplistic slogans about the military and warfare. Others know better. [Review is by one of the contributors of the book].
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