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Ignorant Army: How the Draft Made a Nice Young Man into a Leftist Radical (Paperback)
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This is the true story of how being drafted into the U.S. Army (despite having a student deferment) and subsequent events turned a fairly "green" young man into a leader of dissent. Along the way, some of the stories are terrible, some humorous, some unique, and all true. The author became known as "The General" as a barracks leader, became a disc jockey for an illegal pirate radio station on an air base, and helped prevent a full-scale troop mutiny despite being suspected of being a ringleader. It is also the story of fast friends who came together under adverse conditions and is an eloquent indictment of militarism that has meaning to the present day.