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Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman | [Jon Krakauer]

Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman

The best-selling 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.
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The best-selling 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 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...

©2009 Jon Krakauer; (P)2009 Random House Audio

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    Ed Walsh 11-17-09
    Ed Walsh 11-17-09 Member Since 2013
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    "Outstanding Research and Writing"

    Krakauer has done it again! His factual research and history of Afghanistan are outstanding. The book is a must read for President Obama; as a result, no more soldiers would then be sent to fight in a hopeless war for a corrupt Karzi government. You will not want to stop listening.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Todd Beamsville, Ontario, Canada 11-15-09
    Todd Beamsville, Ontario, Canada 11-15-09
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    "My favourite audiobook to date!"

    This is a fantastic book. Krakauer never disappoints, and Tillman's story is fascinating. The story is tight and crisp, and it feels almost like you're right there, watching the action unfold. I highly recommend this book to anyone that has an interest in war, football, athletics, politics and/or action stories.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Edward Encinitas, CA, United States 12-15-09
    Edward Encinitas, CA, United States 12-15-09 Member Since 2004
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    "A sad story about a great American"

    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.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    J.B. Crittenden, KY, USA 10-28-09
    J.B. Crittenden, KY, USA 10-28-09
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    "Fascinating story. Average book."

    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.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Jerry from Mesa AZ Mesa, AZ USA 10-29-09
    Jerry from Mesa AZ Mesa, AZ USA 10-29-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Gives one pause when thinking abour our military"

    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.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Marlene M. 06-02-15
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    Good review of History

    A bit schmaltzy about Tillman but a story that needed to be told.

    A major cluster '....... ' about the Battlefield and the subsequent bungling cover up.

    Sympathy to the Tillman family

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    Charles Barbieri Northern Michigan 05-12-15
    Charles Barbieri Northern Michigan 05-12-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Friendly fire is not so friendly"

    A must read for those interested in hearing the truth about friendly fire during war.

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    Bradley S. Woodlee Indiana 05-10-15
    Bradley S. Woodlee Indiana 05-10-15
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    "An incredible listen!!"

    Incredible story, told wonderfully! Scott Brick's voice makes we want to listen to other books by this author (Scott reads them all).

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    Amazon Customer Tucson, AZ, US 04-19-15
    Amazon Customer Tucson, AZ, US 04-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Not a typical Krakauer book"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes. It's an interesting book although it's not one of Krakauer's best.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Oh, I don't know.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Narrator was okay.


    What else would you have wanted to know about Jon Krakauer’s life?

    Nothing.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

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    Jaime 03-26-15
    Jaime 03-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great read"

    this book was great, from the beginning to the.end i was hooked. prayers go to all of pats family, may he rest in peace.

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