Joe Glenton is a journalist and author with a focus on defence, security and war. He is also a British Afghanistan veteran.
Joe served in Afghanistan, Africa and the UK. He was the first British soldier to refuse to serve in Afghanistan on legal and moral grounds. Threatened with years in prison, he challenged and beat charge of desertion, which was withdrawn by the military before trial to avoid a public examination of the War on Terror.
His work has appeared in the Independent and the Guardian newspapers, The Huffington Post, New Internationalist, Souciant Magazine, Vice and Military History Monthly. Joe is a regular commentator on TV and radio.
Joe wrote, narrated and presented a four-part series called The Soldier Myth which draws on the testimonies of recent Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, as well as historians, academics, activists and family members of those killed in the wars.
His first book Soldier Box was published by Verso Books in 2013. Joe is now researching a second book on the history of soldier worship and the political use of the “hero soldier” myth.
When not writing, Joe taunts BBC interviewers, craves Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and reads Flashman. He dislikes jingoism and fears revolving doors.
He lives in London and tweets @joejglenton