None of Us Were Like This Before

None of Us Were Like This Before:American Soldiers and Torture

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The legacy of torture in the “War on Terror,” told through the story of one tank battalion

None of Us Were Like This Before recounts the dark journey of a tank battalion as its focus switched from conventional military duties to guerilla warfare and prisoner detention. Author Joshua E. S. Phillips tells a story of ordinary soldiers, ill trained for the responsibilities foisted upon them, who descended into a cycle of degradation that led to the abuse of detainees. The book illustrates that the damaging legacy of torture is borne not only by the detainees, but also by American soldiers and the country to which they have returned.

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  • The stories contained in this book reveal how brave American service members tried to stop torture and abuse—often at the expense of their careers and their lives. Their sacrifice and the losses that they incurred are absorbed by all of us as a nation.

    Daniel Ellsberg
  • This is an important book showing the damage abuse does to the torturers as well as to their victims ... Phillips’s message is that we most need the rules banning torture when we most want to break them.

    Oliver BulloughIndependent
  • A serious, comprehensive effort to examine how torture and abuse, once embarked upon, damage the torturer and abuser as well as the tortured and abused.

    Lawrence Wilkerson, former Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell