Where men win glory the odyssey of pat tillman by jon krakauer must read on a difficult subjectDocument Transcript
Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman by Jon Krakauer Must Read On A Difficult SubjectBook DescriptionThe bestselling author of Into the Wild, Into Thin Air, andUnder the Banner of Heaven delivers a stunning, eloquent account of aremarkable young man’s haunting journey. Like the men whose epicstories Jon Krakauer has told in his previous bestsellers, Pat Tillman wasan irrepressible individualist and iconoclast. In May 2002, Tillman walkedaway 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 tojoin the fight against al-Qaeda and the Taliban. Two years later, he died ona desolate hillside in southeastern Afghanistan. Though obvious to mostof the two dozen soldiers on the scene that a ranger in Tillman’s ownplatoon had fired the fatal shots, the Army aggressively maneuvered tokeep this information from Tillman’s wife, other family members, and theAmerican public for five weeks following his death. During this time,President Bush repeatedly invoked Tillman’s name to promote hisadministration’s foreign policy. Long after Tillman’s nationally televisedmemorial service, the Army grudgingly notified his closest relatives that hehad “probably” been killed by friendly fire while it continued to dissembleabout the details of his death and who was responsible. In Where Men WinGlory, Jon Krakauer draws on Tillman’s journals and letters, interviewswith his wife and friends, conversations with the soldiers who servedalongside him, and extensive research on the ground in Afghanistan torender an intricate mosaic of this driven, complex, and uncommonlycompelling figure as well as the definitive account of the events andactions that led to his death. Before he enlisted in the army, Tillman wasfamiliar to sports aficionados as an undersized, overachieving ArizonaCardinals safety whose virtuosity in the defensive backfield wasspellbinding. With his shoulder-length hair, outspoken views, andboundless intellectual curiosity, Tillman was considered a maverick.America was fascinated when he traded the bright lights and riches of theNFL for boot camp and a buzz cut. Sent first to Iraq —a war he wouldopenly declare was “illegal as hell” —and eventually to Afghanistan,Tillman was driven by complicated, emotionally charged, sometimes
sociopaths in the military who make the jobs of everyone else muchharder. It is scary how the latter can make what they do and who they aresound so impressive while placing those who work with them in gravedanger. This is especially the case with the higher ranki ng officers. I haveseen on too many occasions how severe the punishment was for notkeeping your lawn looking nice on base in comparison to lying (and worse)to save your commanding officers ass. Thank you, Jon Krakauer, forputting forth the effort to help this information be known by many morepeople than would hear about it otherwise, and to the Tillman family forhow they have handled all of this - they are great Americans and humanbeings. For More 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price:Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman by Jon Krakauer - 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price!