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Mission Rejected: U.S. Soldiers Who Say No to Iraq Paperback – April 1, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-1933392042 ISBN-10: 1933392045 Edition: First Edition

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green; First Edition edition (April 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933392045
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933392042
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #741,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“My son died in Iraq for lies and greed. The sons and daughters in this book are living for peace. I hope that all American soldiers will read Mission Rejected and realize that they don't have to follow bad orders.”—Cindy Sheehan, mother of Specialist Casey Sheehan, kia 4/4/04

"These heartbreaking, powerful stories tell more about the war in Iraq than any analysis by pundits or journalists. I hope this book will be widely read, especially by young people who may be enticed, by false promises or deceptive patriotic exhortations, to go to war."—Howard Zinn

“This is a book about American heroes. They experienced the futility, the inhumanity and the brutality of the war in Iraq and then, at great personal sacrifice, made the decision to resist and obey their consciences. When this country gives them medals of honor I will know we live in a just society.”—Michael Ratner, author of Guantanamo: What the World Should Know

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"My son died in Iraq for lies and greed. The sons and daughters in this book are living for peace. I hope that all American soldiers will read Mission Rejected and realize that they don't have to follow bad orders." —Cindy Sheehan, mother of Specialist Casey Sheehan, kia 4/4/04

"This is a book about American heroes. They experienced the futility, the inhumanity and the brutality of the war in Iraq and then, at great personal sacrifice, made the decision to resist and obey their consciences. When this country gives them medals of honor I will know we live in a just society." —Michael Ratner, author of Guantanamo: What the World Should Know

"Here’s a book that talks turkey about the BushCheneyRummy mess in Iraq. First these young soldiers risked their lives in that dreadful war, then they came home and risked their livelihoods to tell us the truth: it’s an immoral, illegal war of lies that dishonors our country’s noble ideals. Every congress critter should read Mission Rejected – and then apologize for their role in creating the mess." —Jim Hightower

"In the military, real courage is taking a stand against orders one believes are unlawful and accepting the consequences. Moral cowardice is taking the easy way by accepting unlawful orders and committing illegal actions. Ultimately, one must live with oneself. These women and men have chosen the hard short path to freedom from the long-term emotional, spiritual and physical consequences of conducting state sponsored murder in a conflict that has nothing to do with our national security." —Ann Wright, retired US Army Reserves Colonel and former US diplomat

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By John Christiansen on May 20, 2006
Format: Paperback
Mission Rejected's author Peter Laufer is a much-honored, veteran journalist who has investigated every known form of human suffering. In this ferociously documented work, Laufer painfully challenges those of us who still support the war and gives poweful aid and comfort to the war's opponets. Laufer does this by interviewing tormented men and women who dared to walk away from their orders, their units and their lives as US soldiers--some of them after considerable time in combat. Each of them in his or her own way, arrived at an epiphany, a terrible moment which left them indelibly changed and incapable of continuing to participate in this war, which was founded on untruths (weapons of mass destruction) and carried out without the forces necessary for victory. Of all Laufer's considerable array of talents, none is more valuable than his ability to listen. The result is a book that is sure to become an important part of the national debate over the war in Iraq. Reading it should be required of every voter, lawmaker and policymaker--if they really do care about our troops.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 20, 2006
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You will be touched by these compelling stories. Peter Laufer reveals some previously unreported tragedies of the Iraq invasion. Unlike the predictable "collateral damage" to civilians in the line of fire, the casualties presented in this book are back home -- the families of those who made the difficult, principled decision not to fight and die in another pointless war. Laufer goes into their homes and their hearts and their heads. His thorough journalism shows the awful price one can pay to be a conscientious objector.

While most Americans sit comfortably and ignorantly on the outside, Mission Rejected presents a painful insight into the reality of Bush's war. If you ever wondered whether there are parallels between this military adventure and the Vietnam War, here is solid evidence.
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For too long the public perception of war, in Iraq and Afghanistan in particular, have been fed by vested interests in the governments, vested interests and armies of western democracies. Young people who been killed or have had their lives ruined by injuries, physical or mental, will never be compensated by their governments. To call these people heroes is just rubbing salt into a wound. The people who initiated these wars, George Bush, Tony Blair, and other senior figures, have never been called to account for the disaster that is Iraq. That more soldiers do not desert is what astonishes me, this book gives agonizing stories of the few soldiers who have the moral courage to leave and to risk the consequences.
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4 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 25, 2006
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I am not sure what these soldiers were called to do. It was a difficult road, yes, but it was a war. What people forget is that it is a war in which much good is growing. If these soldiers did not see any beauty, it was their own fault. They were not looking for beauty if they saw none. I walked a lot of the same dirt and endured a lot of heartbreak right along with them, but I would also give my life in a second to provide my new Iraqi friends/family with the possibilty of hope. God Bless and please be careful of what you read. Is the glass half empty or half full to you?
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