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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What more can I say? I loved this book, it was well written, well researched and the storey is utterly fascinating. Early in the book I could not bring myself to like Pat Tillman or respect the choices he made, by the end he was my hero.
I have throughly enjoyed all of Krakauer's books until this one. It started off as well as any of his other books, but there were telltale signs early on. Still, given my experience with his other books, I assumed he'd keep his reporting to the facts. When his long rant about the 2000 election was over, filled with one sided inaccuracies about "selection", I almost stopped right there. Assuming he'd get back on topic, I continued. Unfortunately his biases did as well. Continuing with his personal obsession against Bush, the book became unreadable. His lack of objectivity on such an important subject has now caused me to rethink how his obsessions may have colored his other works as well.
While we were listening to this book it just amazed me how deceiptful our government is and how manipulative they are in the release of news and manipulation of the media and the AMerican People! Pat Tillman was a patriot and loving husband but his life and subsequent death should not have been fodder for the white house to use at will in for their own selfish reasons. listening to this made my stomach in knots!
It's really a shame that Krakauer exploited the heroic life of Pat Tillman to use as an excuse to flaunt his extreme leftist and unpatriotic view of the war on terrorism. Obviously, Pat Tillman did not feel the same. There were some interesting parts to the story but the flash back and forth nature of the writing was too frequent and disjointed. Much of the story had nothing to do with Pat Tillman. The story could have been told much better by a more objective author.
Basically, this is just a liberal diatribe against the War on Terror and the Bush Administration. I was extremely disappointed. I have read other things by Krakauer which were great, but this was just awful. Save your credits.
As much sympathy, empathy and respect I have for anyone and everyone who has served, this book really annoyed me. The author accomplishes little over the first half but to firmly establish he has no intention of doing real research or approaching the questions of what happened objectively. This is a re-hash of a well worn narrative, that at center blames G W Bush for everything from hang nails to global warming and the war on terror. I certainly am not out to defend Bush, but it is oh so intellectually tiring to revisit these old saws.
Worse, there is something continuously grating and ultimately ironically disturbing about the authors attempt to set Pat Tillman up as a "hero". In the end, we all have qualities to admire. All of us make mistakes. A few make the ultimate sacrifice. It is disappointing that this book is just another shallow contribution to our already shallow cultural obsession with the "soma" that are the NFL and Hollywood celebrity worship in the first place. The thesis is that the Bush administration has committed yet another terrible wrong by highjacking Pat's celebrity. In the end this book is no better. I end up not wanting to even hear about Pat Tillman at all anymore. What must it be like for those that give in obscurity, those that don't get a big break from the juvenile judge and whose life doesn't turn out they way it could have? There is just something silly with the whole premise. It sure isn't Pat's fault. And I have enormous sympathy for his loss. But if we are ever going to truly "move on" we need to get beyond the nonsense that is "celebrity hero worship", in whatever it's form.
Because of the Pat Tillman biographical content. Knowing more of the details than the average person, this has a very leftist slant which does not do Pat or our military justice. Many of the facts are just plain wrong and part of liberal talking points. If you like the anti-american, anti-military and American the imperialistic bully then this book is for you. The sad part is that the author takes liberties with Pat's thoughts and journals to perpetuate lies and misinformation. Throughout the book the author slams the governmental and military establishment for taking advantage of Pat's celebrity and then does the same sickening thing by pushing his leftist-ideology. The author could have taken the high road and shown Pat Tillman for what he was; a unique and free spirit that epitomizes the American Spirit. Instead he took a low road to use his death and the wrongs done the Tillman family on the reports of his death to push an anti-Bush and anti-military agenda. This was my first book by this author and my last. Don't waste your time with this one. Just for information, this book so infuriated me with its lies and misinformation that I wrote this review my first ever in 8 years of listening to audio books.
A good listen. Recollections from Mr Tillman's journal add a real authenticity.
Will not leave you with a warm and fuzzy feeling about the army or our government.
I had trouble getting into this book... and didn't finish.
I have listened to several of John Krakauer and loved them... but not this book.
Excellent book about a completely unselfish patriot. Very disappointing how his fellow Rangers and mostly officers contributed to his death and dishonored him and his wishes. Just another example of how jacked up Shrub, Dick, and Rummy were in calling for the most unjust war in our country's history.
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