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Road from ar Ramadi: The Private Rebellion of Staff Sergeant Camilo Mejia

Mejia, Camilo

Published by The New Press, New York, 2007
ISBN 10: 1595580522 / ISBN 13: 9781595580528
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Title: Road from ar Ramadi: The Private Rebellion ...

Publisher: The New Press, New York

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Very Good +

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good +

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition

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First printing, full number line. Inscribed, signed, and dated by the author on the half-title page: "To P-- and L-- / With thanks and in solidarity from a fellow CO. / Sincerely, / Camilo Mejia / 10/12/07." Mejia commanded an infantry squad in combat in Iraq but then decided he had "a moral duty that called me to take a principled action," for which he spent a year in jail. The book is tight, square, and unmarked; two pages corner-creased; bottom corners of boards lightly bumped. The dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price $24.95). Brodart protected. Bookseller Inventory # 004788

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Synopsis: The inspiring story of the nationally known soldier who fought in Iraq and was brave enough to face jail rather than return to fight again.

As the American occupation of Iraq continues with no end in sight, Camilo Mejía has become a nationally recognized voice in the ever-growing peace movement. After serving in the Army for nearly nine years, he was the first-known Iraq veteran to refuse to fight, citing moral concerns about the war and occupation. His principled stand helped to rally the growing opposition and embolden his fellow soldiers. Despite widespread public support and an all-star legal team, Mejía was eventually convicted of desertion by a military court and sentenced to a year in prison, prompting Amnesty International to declare him a prisoner of conscience.

Since his release, the celebrated soldier-turned-pacifist has traveled around the country and the world to speak against the war. Now he tells his own story, from his upbringing in Central America and his experience as a working-class immigrant in the United States to his service in Iraq—where he witnessed prisoner abuse and was deployed in the Sunni triangle—and time in prison. Far from being an accidental activist, Mejía was raised by prominent Sandinista revolutionaries and draws inspiration from Jesuit teachings. In this stirring book, he argues passionately for human rights and the end to an unjust war.

About the Author: Camilo Mejía grew up in Nicaragua and Costa Rica before moving to the United States in 1994. He joined the military at age nineteen, serving as an infantryman in the active-duty Army for three years before transferring to the Florida National Guard. He fought in Iraq for five months. He currently lives in Miami.

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