Like the men whose epic stories Jon Krakauer has told in his previous best sellers, 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, Tillm...
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I can see how those that lean right might find it a little grating, but I think Krakauer was attempting to tell the story from the Tillman family perspective. The book illustrates beautifully how they were used, manipulated and lied to! There is no denying Tillman’s courage in giving up the good life to serve his country was exploited by the Bush administration, but the cover-up and the damage control in the face of a close election was deplorable.
Seriously. Why is this man paid to read books and why has Jon Krakauer selected him again to read one of his books?
Pat Tillman's is a fascinating story, too bad the author couldn't get past his own liberal politics and just tell it. I continuously found myself wanting to scream "Enough! What does this have to do with Pat Tillman?!", as the anti-Bush, anti-American rants were scattered about.
Overall, a difficult listen but very informative. Its a damn shame that Tillman went down like he did, and it's an absolute disgrace the way his death was treated by the Army and the government.
Very readable account of an alpha male who thought he could make a difference for our country. Pat Tillman got in so deep before he realized that our military leaders might have ideals that differed from his own. He paid the ultimate price before he had the wisdom to truly understand the nature of our military leaders.
I learned so much more about Tillman that I thought was there. A complex character told through the complex backdrop of a complex war.
Wonderfully read and written. A true picture of not only Pat Tillman's life and legacy, but the cover-ups that our government and military have done and still do.
Shame on the author for using the Tillman story to put forth his own political views. In the process he made Pat Tillman look like an arrogant whiner.
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