The Will to Resist
Soldiers Who Refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan
A prize-winning, unembedded journalist tells the hidden story of American soldiers turning against an unjust war.
"Jamail's human portrait of the men and women who turned away from the project of empire should serve as a beacon."—Chris Hedges
"Dahr Jamail is one of very few journalists who have displayed the courage—physical, intellectual, and moral courage—to tell the truth about the invasion of Iraq. In this outstanding book, he describes the often secret resistance within the US military."—John Pilger
“Based on his experiences as an investigative reporter in Iraq and in his frequent conversations with Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, Jamail vividly portrays issues of conscience for military personnel during wartime. As a woman veteran, I thank him for exposing sexual assault and rape in the military, including the warning that 1 in 3 women are raped while in the military. Jamail’s work provides an indispensible help in our understanding of the costs of war to our own military as well as to countries that the United States invades and occupies.”
n Ann Wright, U.S. Army Reserves Colonel and U.S. diplomat who
resigned in opposition to the Iraq war
Dahr Jamail's comprehensive study of today's military resisters sheds new light on the contours of dissent within the ranks of the world's most powerful military. Featuring a new introduction by the author.
"The Will to Resist: Soldiers Who Refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan is the true story of those within the U.S. military service whose consciences prompt them to resist the war efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. From battalions that refuse orders, to active-duty soldiers who sign antiwar petitions, individual soldiers who refuse redeployment, those who dare to take a public stand against the occupation, and more, The Will to Resist is a fascinating examination of what motivates such opposition amid the United States' loyal defending force. The Will to Resist is not a politically neutral book; chapters reflect a decidedly negative and critical view of the American occupations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Yet the heart of The Will to Resist is not its politics, but rather the true stories of the men and women who serve--and who choose to resist what they perceive as unjust, whether it be sexism, discrimination, or apparent crimes of war. An eminently readable account that, once started, cannot be put down."
—Midwest Book Review