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- Listening Length: 10 hours and 39 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: University Press Audiobooks
- Audible.com Release Date: November 2, 2012
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- Language: English
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The Last Deployment: How a Gay, Hammer-Swinging Twentysomething Survived a Year in Iraq Audible – Unabridged
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He got through a deployment to Kovsco, and was looking forward to the end of his six year enlistment, when he received orders that he would be deployed to Iraq in the final six months of that time, which would eventually be extended to a full year. He had to put off finishing college, and had the usual apprehensions about the dangers he could face.
But Bronson was also going through a difficult time, still not completely over a relationship that had ended badly, and second-guessing himself on his part in the breakup. With no partner, a somewhat emotionally-detached family and few close friends back home, he also didn't have the support structure most of his fellow soldiers had, as most were married or had longtime girlfriends. It was one thing to avoid the subject of his own relationships when going for weekend drills or two week summer training, but it would be much tougher in the forced living situation he would face overseas for so long.
Lemer's well-written memoir is a clear argument why the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy has to go, as well as an interesting and poignant look at the everyday lives of soldiers deployed in situations like this. No matter how you feel about the war, this is something you need to read. Five stars out of five.
- Bob Lind, Echo Magazine
This book is a quick read, but the scenes and images contained within will resonate long after you've finished. I highly recommend this book.
I thought the book was brilliantly written. Lemer does not focus solely on being a gay man in the military. In fact, there are times when I forget that he IS gay, because he discusses the life any solider faces when they are serving in a foreign country. He is often not a gay man, but a young man who with each passing day finds he does not want to be in the military, a young man who questions his country's motives for sending him to Iraq, and a young man who just wants to be at home with friends and family. He wonders what he could possibly do to help the country when he can't even help a woman get help for her injured son.
When Lemer does discuss being a gay man in the military, I found it very insightful. He discusses how he at first tries to live two separate lives: one as a gay man, and one as a solider, but finds it increasingly difficult to separate the two. It is no wonder any man or woman coming back from service finds it difficult to connect to someone. They are so far removed from situations like that, that it must be foreign to them.
There are many flashbacks to Lemer's childhood and other times while he talks about his experiences in Iraq. Things that remind him of other events lead to little anecdotes about something else. This style of writing makes it more conversational, and therefore more readable.Read more ›
Lemer's story has the feel of absolute authenticity when he talks about the dangerous, but often tedious daily routines of an enlisted man in combat conditions. And while I liked the honesty and feel of reality in this book, but I would have liked to have known a bit more about the writer's background--his relationship with his family and friends back home, and maybe something of how he has been adjusting to civilian life since leaving the military. This is an interesting person with an interesting story and that makes the reader want to know more.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Thank you very much for sharing your story! It was a very engaging, and encouraging read.Published 13 months ago by KEVIN R TENGESDAL
This is an outstanding book. It's emotionally difficult to read in some places. I am so proud of Bronson. WRITING this book is an act of love on so many levels.Published on April 20, 2013 by Stephen T. Thomson
The author of this story provides a moving account of the Iraq war, his identity as a gay soldier, and the dilemma he experiences hiding his identity from his fellow soldiers while... Read morePublished on May 20, 2012 by George Freeman, Jr. Ph.D.
I would love to see more from this writer in the future. In this book, he made me care about what he had to tell. Read morePublished on April 16, 2012 by A
Bronson's first mistake....he should have joined the Navy!
That being said, I enjoyed the book even though it had absolutely nothing to do with being gay in the... Read more
This was an incredibly well-written book giving a powerful perspective on military and human experiences most will never have, nor fully be able to comprehend. Read morePublished on July 20, 2011 by Les
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