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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (253 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mary Tillman Narrator: Mary Tillma Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Pat Tillman was seen by many as an American hero. A star college football player turned pro, he walked away from a multi-million-dollar NFL contract after the 9/11 attacks, choosing to enlist in the US Army. He graduated from their elite Ranger school and was deployed to Iraq in 2003. On April 22, 2004, Pat Tillman was killed in Afghanistan. The administration and the Pentagon immediately portrayed his death as the result of a dramatic gun battle with the enemy, and Pat was posthumously awarded the Silver Star and a promotion in recognition of his bravery. But as would later emerge, Army officials were all along hiding the truth: Pat was killed by his fellow Rangers. The Tillmans discovered this fact five weeks after Pat’s death, and six separate investigations have since been launched, largely due to the family’s passionate insistence. But even now, the true circumstances remain murky and fraught with contradictions.

Here is Mary Tillman’s story, as she describes her attempts to uncover the truth about what happened to Pat and why the government went to such great lengths to keep the circumstances secret. In the process, she paints an indelible portrait of her son, a man of remarkable character who followed a set of guiding principles that ultimately led him to Afghanistan and, in death, into the hearts and minds of people all over the world.

Written to coincide with the release of the feature film The Tillman Story, Mary Tillman’s explosive new foreword describes her family’s ongoing appeals to President Obama, the Pentagon, and members of Congress to get to the bottom of what happened and hold accountable the senior military officials responsible for the cover-up of Pat’s death.

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  • “This story has made headlines for the last several years, and while there are no final answers here, those who have followed the controversy will be eager to hear from Tillman’s mother.”


  • “Alongside fond memories and recollections of Pat’s charismatic bluntness and self-sacrificing nature, Mary details her family’s exhaustive search for the truth with the help of allies ranging from Senator John McCain to retired General Wesley Clark to numerous investigative reporters…The chilling results yielded by the Tillman family’s unflagging efforts indicate that Pat’s death was, at best, a result of gross negligence and incompetence on the part of the US Army and, at worst, a sinister coverup by high-ranking officials willing to lie to a soldier’s family and hoodwink the public in exchange for higher approval ratings.”

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mary | 2/18/2014

    " Mary Tillman is one of my heroes. What a beautiful biography of her son Pat. She describes him and his life sweetly, in her own words without the contrived purposeful deceit that the administration painted so thickly over his departing. Bless her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Marcia | 2/7/2014

    " Jon Krakauer used this book as a resource for Where men win glory so I wanted to read it. There is no greater loss for a mother than of her child, and the circumstances of Pat Tillman's death are so tragic. It is just heart-breaking as she shares the stories from a childhood that mold a man. This book does goes into a conspiracy theory that Pat was killed intentionally, which Krakauer doesn't entertain, and the facts don't support. The government's mishandling of the case is well documented though and criminally negligent. It is an epic story and a tremendous loss of a loyal son, brother and friend, an elite athlete, a deep thinker and patriotic American who just wanted to do the right thing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Allyson | 2/6/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. I cannot believe that the government was involved in a cover up about how this man died. I hope his family finds the answers they are looking for and the ones responsible are brought to justice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jocco | 2/6/2014

    " Anything you can learn about Pat Tillman, I will always recommend. "

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About the Author

Mary Tillman is a special education teacher in San Jose, California, where she lives. She is also the author of Boots on the Ground by Dusk: My Tribute to Pat Tillman.