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Anyone who has read Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild knows he was born to write about quirky, iconoclastic characters who travel their own road, ultimately leading to a tragic demise. Where Men Win Glory is every bit as captivating and even more timely than Krakauer's previous triumphs.
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The bestselling 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. 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, Tillman was considered a maverick. America was fascinated when he traded the bright lights and riches of the NFL for boot camp and a buzz cut. Sent first to Iraq — a war he would openly declare was illegal as hell — and eventually to Afghanistan, Tillman was driven by complicated, emotionally charged, sometimes contradictory notions of duty, honor, justice, patriotism, and masculine pride, and he was determined to serve his entire three-year commitment. But on April 22, 2004, his life would end in a barrage of bullets fired by his fellow soldiers.

Krakauer chronicles Tillman's riveting, tragic odyssey in engrossing detail highlighting his remarkable character and personality while closely examining the murky, heartbreaking circumstances of his death. Infused with the power and authenticity readers have come to expect from Krakauer's storytelling, Where Men Win Glory exposes shattering truths about men and war.

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"[N]uanced, thorough and chilling....The outline of Tillman's story is well-known, but the details Krakauer tallies...give this story the weight it deserves." The Oregonian

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"[C]ompelling and dispiriting....Krakauer...has turned in a beautiful bit of reporting..." Los Angeles Times

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"It isn't easy to see how a man with a successful NFL career in front of him could step away from it to enter the war, but Krakauer builds his foundation and the decision becomes understandable and admirable." The Denver Post

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"The focus benefits the narrative drive and yields information that will quite likely feel fresh to readers." San Francisco Chronicle

Synopsis:

Krakauer (Into the Wild) chronicles the riveting, tragic story of former NFL player Pat Tillman, who was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan in 2004, in engrossing detail highlighting his remarkable character and personality while closely examining the murky, heartbreaking circumstances of his death.

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JON KRAKAUER is the author of Eiger Dreams, Into the Wild, Into Thin Air, and Under the Banner of Heaven and is the editor of the Modern Library Exploration series.

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Eleni, January 7, 2010 (view all comments by Eleni)
This book may have changed my life. As a veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan, and someone who has served 7 years in the Army, I was amazed and horrified at what I found in this book. I had my reservations and doubts about the institution that is the Army in the past, but I never expected events of this caliber to have been going on behind the backs of the American people.

I was also pleasantly surprised to find that Pat Tillman was an intelligent man, passionate and full of interest in things and people around him. I had not expected a book about his life to maintain my interest; I had almost written this book off before I even began it. Talk about a change of heart! This may well be one of the most important books that I have ever read (and I am an avid reader), and it actually moved me to tears (literally) twice.

Read this book. You need to know the facts presented here; you need to know the things that the government is capable of. You should know how amazing many of the men and women in the Armed Forces are, and how deeply and painfully their leadership can let them down.
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Hubert, December 16, 2009 (view all comments by Hubert)
Krakauer is a researcher, thorough, deep and wide, and every next book shows more hard work to get a full and complete story of the chosen topic. This book is about the tragic death of Pat Tillman, but that is just the human part. And the most important part, where we learn how and why a successful football player chooses to go to war, what war brings to him and his family, and how that war ends his life. And then there are the deep analysis of the war, the reasons to go to war, the political landscape, the actors in the war game. The dirty games of all the actors, this is not a pretty story. It is neither a book about war, more a book against it, with some clear political views. This is a good read if you're looking for a well rounded view on the tragic events leading to Tillman's death, it is not a suspense thriller about a war hero.
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Clark, November 14, 2009 (view all comments by Clark)
This book will make you angry but you should not be angry with the author but rather with the actions of the military and our government. Many reviewers are upset with Krakauer, accusing him of putting forth a political agenda in this book. What I cannot understand is how these readers are not actually upset with the cover-up and exploitation of Pat Tillman's death. Everyone needs to suspend their political beliefs and just focus on the extraordinary story of Pat Tillman and what he did for his country. Yes, I can see how readers may have felt that Krakauer may have been inserting a political agenda in this book. I have to respectfully disagree with them though, because reporting the facts does not necessarily mean a secret agenda. Who exploited Pat Tillman? Who covered up the facts? Read this book to find out. You may not like what you find out, but the truth can be painful. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It truly was hard to put down. I hope one day that the Tillmans find the answers that they are looking for.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385522267
Author:
Krakauer, Jon
Publisher:
Doubleday Books
Author:
Krakauer, Jon
Subject:
Military
Subject:
Sports - Football
Subject:
Football players -- United States.
Subject:
Soldiers -- United States.
Subject:
Biography-Military
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20091031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9.42x6.38x1.50 in. 1.53 lbs.

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Product details 416 pages Doubleday Books - English 9780385522267 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Anyone who has read Jon Krakauer's Into the Wild knows he was born to write about quirky, iconoclastic characters who travel their own road, ultimately leading to a tragic demise. Where Men Win Glory is every bit as captivating and even more timely than Krakauer's previous triumphs.

"Review" by , "[N]uanced, thorough and chilling....The outline of Tillman's story is well-known, but the details Krakauer tallies...give this story the weight it deserves."
"Review" by , "[C]ompelling and dispiriting....Krakauer...has turned in a beautiful bit of reporting..."
"Review" by , "It isn't easy to see how a man with a successful NFL career in front of him could step away from it to enter the war, but Krakauer builds his foundation and the decision becomes understandable and admirable."
"Review" by , "The focus benefits the narrative drive and yields information that will quite likely feel fresh to readers."
"Synopsis" by , Krakauer (Into the Wild) chronicles the riveting, tragic story of former NFL player Pat Tillman, who was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan in 2004, in engrossing detail highlighting his remarkable character and personality while closely examining the murky, heartbreaking circumstances of his death.
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