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Where Men Win Glory

The Odyssey of Pat Tillman
Krakauer, Jon (Book - 2009)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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The bestselling author of Into the Wild , Into Thin Air , and Under the Banner of Heaven delivers a stunning, eloquent account of a remarkable young man's haunting journey. Like the men whose epic stories Jon Krakauer has told in his previous bestsellers, Pat Tillman was an irrepressible individualist and iconoclast. In May 2002, Tillman walked away from his $3.6 million NFL contract to enlist in the United States Army. He was deeply troubled by 9/11, and he felt a strong moral obligation to join the fight against al-Qaeda and the Taliban. Two years later, he died on a desolate hillside in southeastern Afghanistan. Though obvious to most of the two dozen soldiers on the scene that a ranger in Tillman's own platoon had fired the fatal shots, the Army aggressively maneuvered to keep this information from Tillman's wife, other family members, and the American public for five weeks following his death. During this time, President Bush repeatedly invoked Tillman's name to promote his administration's foreign policy. Long after Tillman's nationally televised memorial service, the Army grudgingly notified his closest relatives that he had "probably" been killed by friendly fire while it continued to dissemble about the details of his death and who was responsible. In Where Men Win Glory , Jon Krakauer draws on Tillman's journals and letters, interviews with his wife and friends, conversations with the soldiers who served alongside him, and extensive research on the ground in Afghanistan to render an intricate mosaic of this driven, complex, and uncommonly compelling figure as well as the definitive account of the events and actions that led to his death. Before he enlisted in the army, Tillman was familiar to sports aficionados as an undersized, overachieving Arizona Cardinals safety whose virtuosity in the defensive backfield was spellbinding. With his shoulder-length hair, outspoken views, and boundless intellectual curiosity, Tillman was considered a maverick. America was fascinated when he traded the bright lights and riches of the NFL for boot camp and a buzz cut. Sent first to Iraq--a war he would openly declare was "illegal as hell" --and eventually to Afghanistan, Tillman was driven by complicated, emotionally charged, sometimes contradictory notions of duty, honor, justice, patriotism, and masculine pride, and he was determined to serve his entire three-year commitment. But on April 22, 2004, his life would end in a barrage of bullets fired by his fellow soldiers. Krakauer chronicles Tillman's riveting, tragic odyssey in engrossing detail highlighting his remarkable character and personality while closely examining the murky, heartbreaking circumstances of his death. Infused with the power and authenticity readers have come to expect from Krakauer's storytelling, Where Men Win Glory exposes shattering truths about men and war.nbsp;
Authors: Krakauer, Jon
Title: Where men win glory
the odyssey of Pat Tillman
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: xxv, 383 p. :,maps ;,25 cm.
Local Note: 6 7 8 15 16 17 18 29 33 53 54 62 64 67 68 70 71 73 76 78 79 80 81 97 109 112 118 129 133 148 149 150 159 160 167 172 173 188 193 198 203 205 210 216 222 224 226 228 242 243 244 250 258 263 276 280
ISBN: 0385522266
9780385522267
Statement of Responsibility: Jon Krakauer
Subject Headings: Football and war United States. Afghan War, 2001- Casualties. Afghan War, 2001- United States. Soldiers United States Biography. Football players United States Biography. Tillman, Pat, 1976-2004.
Topical Term: Football and war
Afghan War, 2001-
Afghan War, 2001-
Soldiers
Football players
LCCN: 2008023155
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Aug 29, 2012
  • gemini07 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Insightful biography about NFL player Pat Tillman and the circumstances of his death in Afghanistan. I found some sections a bit repetitive.

Dec 22, 2010
  • HoseMonkey rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Inspiring and heartbreaking. An amazing true story that everyone should read.

Sep 09, 2010
  • seejaneread rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Excellent biography of Pat Tillman. I was living in Phoenix at the time Pat was killed, and he was heavily mourned by the community there. Then I moved to the Bay Area a few years later, where I learned he was quite a public figure as well. I wanted to find out more about him. Jon Kraukauer (author of Into the Wild) tells an excellent story of an iconoclast who felt driven by his ideals and values and never backed down from a challenge. He also showed what really happened behind the friendly fire incidents of both Tillman and Jessica Lynch. A sad ending to an extraordinary life; definitely worth the time, and well told.

Apr 18, 2010
  • hscpa333 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of the best books I have read. Thoroughly researched, insightful, unbiased, great story telling, well organized.

Feb 11, 2010
  • andreamcghee rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Detailed and insightful look into the Afghanistan war complications. Krakauer (as usual) shows his engrossing writing skills...although he seems to have a "bone-to-pick" with the Bush administration. Great book.

Dec 13, 2009
  • tauseef365 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Equal parts engrossing biography and illuminating expose on the US military, it is an excellent read.

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