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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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Wonderful book, will have to read it in book form

I want my money back. Scott Brick's narration is so melodramatic, his voice just SOBS, saying mundane things like, "he was just under six feet tall," sob. What a weight of schmalz in that voice. It's like every sentence is a recitation of a prayer. It's like the devastating announcements that occur in soap operas. Jeez. Give me a break! P.S. Jon Krakauer is always great. I'll have to buy the book, now.

17 of 19 people found this review helpful

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Good book, painful narration

Enjoying the content of the book, but it sounds like it's being read by Agent Smith from the Matrix. Slow, over-enunciation, and dramatic emphasis on words and phrases that needn't be dramatically emphasized.

20 of 23 people found this review helpful

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  • Phil
  • Morphett Vale, Australia
  • 05-27-10

Great Read

Thoroughly enjoyable book. Very well researched and written, and a heart wrenching story as well. Pat Tillman had a humility most of us should aspire to and was a man of great principles. His story alone is no more important than any other soldier killed in action, however the attempts by Government and Army officials to use it to their advantage (against his will) are appalling.

Scott Brick's narration is excellent (no idea how one reviewer thought he was condescending). Highly recommended audiobook.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Not his best.

Krakauer is one of my favoite authors, but this is not his best work. The story of Pat Tilman is riveting and as usual, well researched, but the book devolves into a repetitively preachy "expose." I don't think anyone out there would still be to shocked to find out the Army tries to cover up it own mistakes. The narrator's tone is also annoying and dripping with an indignant air. I would have enjoyed it more if I had read it myself so I could skip over the syrup.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Another Fantastic Krakauer Book

This one quite simply rocks. I learned about Afghanistan, Pat Tilman, and Character-both outstanding and deplorable.

The story is framed by facts and confirms Krakauer's committment to present the real story! Well done. I never expected to enjoy this as much as I did.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Steven
  • Saint-Hubert, Quebec, Canada
  • 07-07-10

Spellbinding Start To Finish !

As the subtitle suggest this book is mainly about the "odyssey" of how and why an NFL football star ended up in on the front lines of two middle east wars. Unlike world war two where famous actors and athletes alike fought shoulder to shoulder with "regular" Americans from all walks of life, Pat Tillman served in a time when the famous and rich generally did not serve. The book keeps a good even pace moving forward and back in time to mix the interesting details of Pat Tillman's growing up, his family life, his football career and his service in the Army. Pat Tillman was neither an iconoclast nor a hero making the actions of both the Army and the Bush administration nothing short of criminal in covering up his friendly fire death for their own gain. Unlike the impression given by several of the one star reviews posted here, the book is neither a polemic against the Bush administration or the Army and really levels no criticism at either until the last quarter of the book when the FACTS surrounding the cover up and cynical political use of Pat's death for propoganda purposes make the truth of what happened into a damning inditement. My guess would be that if you were a middle east war cheerleader the truth written here probably hurts pretty bad but this is a well written, accurate book able to withstand a few one star reviews.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • David
  • Columbus, GA, USA
  • 10-11-09

David

An amazing book about a man who does his best to live his life according to his own principles and not in the shadow of societies view.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Philip
  • Basking Ridge, NJ, United States
  • 02-21-10

Outstanding

Well written. You really get to understand Tillman while also insight into the challenges of combat realities.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Ed
  • 11-17-09

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

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