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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (11,335 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jon Krakauer Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The bestselling author of Into the WildInto 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 accountof 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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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lenore Skomal | 2/13/2014

    " Started reading this in the White Mountains while visiting my son. I am halfway through. Of course, I am a Krakauer fan, as he is a journalist turned author. What I found particularly fascinating was his ability to distill and explain the extremely complicated relationships between tribes and political factions in Afghanistan rooted from the ancient past, and how they have come to define what we are seeing now in the continual struggle in that country. He also clearly explains the Soviet war with Afghans and how that has led to much of what we are dealing with that. The story of Tillman is set against this backdrop, as Krakauer weaves us back and forth to help add dimension and texture to the piece. He's done his homework and captures the essence of the man. Worth reading! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tim | 2/13/2014

    " This book answered so many questions about things I wasn't aware of and it makes me hate the Bush administration even more. Pat Tillman was an incredible patriot and American. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mike | 2/1/2014

    " At turns surprising and enraging (at the Bush administration and military brass, no at the author) but, in the end, felt like it could have been a better long magazine feature. It just didn't sustain from cover to cover. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by katie | 1/23/2014

    " I think I like Jon Krakauer on tape better. He has a habit of going on these long, factual digressions, which are chock full of good info, but sometimes you just want to get back to the story. I found Under the Banner of Heaven the same way, but listened to that one on tape, and it just made it more digestable. "

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