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Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman (original 2009; edition 2010)

by Jon Krakauer

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Title:Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman
Authors:Jon Krakauer
Info:Anchor (2010), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 480 pages
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Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman by Jon Krakauer (2009)

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We will never really know why Pat Tillman resigned from the NFL and joined the military, only to be killed by so-called friendly fire. Krakauer at least clearly describes the on-the-ground events and confusion that lead to Tillman's death. Krakauer does not do so well in assigning blame, if blame is to be assigned. War is always messy. Politicians are always lying. The military is always trying to save face. The middle east seems hopeless. And young men don't always make good decisions. ( )
  exfed | Aug 4, 2014 |
A tough book to get through. Certainly paints a negative picture of the culture of the Army and of our government, that something like this could not only happen but then be manipulated to try and make politicians look good. It was a hard book to get through. ( )
  librarymary09 | May 24, 2014 |
A tough book to get through. Certainly paints a negative picture of the culture of the Army and of our government, that something like this could not only happen but then be manipulated to try and make politicians look good. It was a hard book to get through. ( )
  librarymary09 | May 24, 2014 |
Pat Tillman walked away from a multimillion-dollar NFL contract to join the Army and became an icon of post-9/11 patriotism. When he was killed in Afghanistan two years later, a legend was born. But the real Pat Tillman was much more remarkable, and considerably more complicated than the public knew... ( )
  MarkBeronte | Jan 9, 2014 |
In telling the story of Pat Tillman, a uniquely virtuous, admirable, brave—but also profoundly human and therefore imperfect—man, Jon Krakauer does what we who know his work have come to expect from him. Not satisfied with simply telling the story of the tough-as-nails and sublimely intellectual NFL player who abandoned a promising sports career, loving wife, and supportive family in order to serve his country in the wake of September 11th, Krakauer places Tillman’s story within a context that he hopes will illuminate its meaning and provide some understanding of why Tillman did what he did. And he succeeds.

Considering various aspects of Tillman’s character and his motives for enlisting to serve in the army, Krakauer explains how virtue, patriotism, masculinity, and a sense of honor and duty combined to drive Tillman to make decisions—and ultimately sacrifices—that most of us can’t even imagine. Compounding the tragedy of Tillman’s death by friendly fire during a battle in Afghanistan in 2004 is the military’s unscrupulous efforts to cover up the true course of events that led to Tillman’s death and the Bush administration’s despicable efforts to use the tragedy as propaganda to win re-election.

Krakauer tells Tillman’s story in an effort to understand the man and his character; in doing so, he also tells the story of our government’s disgraceful manipulation of the truth for political gain. ( )
  jimrgill | Jan 6, 2014 |
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Mr. Krakauer cobbled together his book in a spirit of desperation. Though he set out in search of Mr. Tillman’s whole story, he didn’t find what he was looking for.
 
There is a master’s hand evident in this particular depiction of events in a life that will end too soon, meticulously built of pieces carefully chiseled from recent international history, political intrigue, first-hand reporting, thoughtful reading, and a feel for what is most human. The author, like his subject, purposefully strides out on his great battlefield too.
 
Those who have spent time in the military and have seen it struggle not just with war but with everyday barracks life tend to err on the side of incompetence, while those who never have -- such as Krakauer -- tend to suspect conspiracy.
 
The best-selling author Jon Krakauer has now told the full story in “Where Men Win Glory.” The combination of Krakauer and Tillman seems hard to resist: Krakauer is a masterly writer and reporter; “Into Thin Air,” his account of a disastrous climbing expedition on Mount Everest, is as riveting and harrowing a book as I’ve ever read. With Tillman, you would think he’d have all he needed to fashion an epic narrative. Unfortunately, he fails to pull it off.
 
Krakauer -- whose forensic studies of the Emersonian Man in books such as "Into Thin Air" and 'Into the Wild" yield so much insight -- has turned in a beautiful bit of reporting, documenting Tillman's life with journals and interviews with those close to him.
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Who among mortal men are you, good friend? Since never before have I seen you in fighting where men win glory, yet now you have come striding far out in front of all others in your great heart . . .
- Homer, The Iliad
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For Linda; and in memory of Sergeant First Class Jared C. Monti, killed in action on June 21, 2006, near Gowardesh, Afghanistan
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If David Uthlaut was still angry when the convoy finally rolled out of Magarah, Afghanistan, the young lieutenant kept his emotions hidden from the forty-four Army Rangers under his command.
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Irrepressible individualist and iconoclast Pat Tillman walked away from his $3.6 million NFL contract in May 2002 to enlist in the United States Army. Deeply troubled by 9/11, 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 Afghanistan. Though obvious to most 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 family and the American public for five weeks following his death, while President Bush repeatedly invoked Tillman's name to promote his administration's foreign policy. Biographer Krakauer draws on his journals and letters, interviews with his wife and friends, conversations with the soldiers who served alongside him, and extensive research in Afghanistan to render this driven, complex, and uncommonly compelling figure as well as the definitive account of the events and actions that led to his death.--From publisher description.… (more)

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