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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Debbie Frizzell, October 10, 2009 (view all comments by Debbie Frizzell)
I was a bit disappointed. After reading 'Into Thin Air', 'Into the Wild', and 'Under the Banner of Heaven', I felt that I knew and understood the people about whom Krakauer had written. Not so with this book ... although it must have been very difficult to write about Tillman, such an iconic figure so soon after his death.
But it's still a good book. Krakauer provides a clear and understandable context of Afghanistan and Pakistan, and provides a good description of Tillman's football career. What's missing for me, still, is why did Tillman walk away from his career and loving family to sign up for a 3-year commitment as a soldier?
In spite of Krakauer's descriptions of Tillman's patriotism and morality, I still finished the book feeling that there was something missing.
The story is a tragedy, doubly so because of the way the military (and administration) tried to use Tillman's death to bolster their presence and actions. Every reader should feel both sadness and anger as a result of this book.
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thereasag, September 25, 2009 (view all comments by thereasag)
I can't wait to read this book. My son is a Marine who will be deployed to Afghanistan. I pray for all who serve this nation of ours. God Bless them and their families. God Bless Pat Tillmans's family. Rest in Peace dear boy.
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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.
by The Oregonian,
"[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."
by Los Angeles Times,
"[C]ompelling and dispiriting....Krakauer...has turned in a beautiful bit of reporting..."
by The Denver Post,
"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."
by San Francisco Chronicle,
"The focus benefits the narrative drive and yields information that will quite likely feel fresh to readers."
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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