Where Men Win Glory by Jon Krakauer
The Odyssey of Pat Tillman

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One effect of “Where Men Win Glory,” a disappointing book that is still apt to be popular both because of its subject’s gutsy charisma and its author’s renown, will be to keep this American tragedy very public indeed.
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This edition has been updated to reflect new developments and includes new material obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.

Pat Tillman walked away from a multimillion-dollar NFL contract to join the Army and became an icon of post-9/11 patriotism. When he was killed in Afghanistan two years later, a legend was born. But the real Pat Tillman was much more remarkable, and considerably more complicated than the public knew...

A stunning account of a remarkable young man's heroic life and death, from the bestselling author of Into the Wild, Into Thin Air, and Under the Banner of Heaven.


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About Jon Krakauer

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Jon Krakauer is a part-time mountaineer and a full-time writer. He is a contributing editor at Outside magazine and writes for many national magazines and newspapers. He lives in Seattle, Washington. "From the Paperback edition.
 
Published August 30, 2009 by Anchor. 416 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors, War, History, Travel, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction
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NY Times

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Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Sep 23 2009

One effect of “Where Men Win Glory,” a disappointing book that is still apt to be popular both because of its subject’s gutsy charisma and its author’s renown, will be to keep this American tragedy very public indeed.

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Reviewed by DEXTER FILKINS on Sep 08 2009

The combination of Krakauer and Tillman seems hard to resist: Krakauer is a masterly writer and reporter...With Tillman, you would think he’d have all he needed to fashion an epic narrative. Unfortunately, he fails to pull it off.

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Examiner

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Reviewed by Ray Murphy on Jan 15 2011

As Krakauer argues at length, friendly fire is as much a part of war as are boots and helmets. To gloss this with reference to tragedy comes perilously close to the obfuscation engaged in by the army brass when they awarded Tillman, posthumously, a Silver Star.

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Reviewed by Donna Bowman on Oct 22 2009

Where Men Win Glory is a muddle of a book, but perhaps its confused motives and kitchen-sink narrative match the Global War On Terror for futility.

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LA Times

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Reviewed by Dan Neil on Sep 11 2009

Krakauer's book, which must be counted as the definitive version of events surrounding Tillman's death, reveals Geren's statement to be a lie, plain and simple. And yet as Aeschylus said, "In war, Truth is the first casualty."

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The Washington Post

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Reviewed by Andrew Exum on Sep 13 2009

...throughout the book, Krakauer digresses from the timeline of Tillman's life to inform the reader what was going on in Afghanistan, with al-Qaeda and even in U.S. domestic politics. Why, I wondered during one maddening passage, was Krakauer spending four whole pages complaining about Bush v. Gore?

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Christian Science Monitor

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Reviewed by Erik Spanberg on Oct 07 2009

Still, these are minor quibbles in a book that goes a long way toward explaining the fog of war in the trenches and beyond.

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San Francisco Chronicle

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Reviewed by Steve Weinberg on Sep 20 2009

Because of Krakauer's reporting, maybe a larger percentage of U.S. voters will sicken of the government's lies, and demand increased truthfulness.

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The Seattle Times

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Reviewed by JEFFREY BURKE on Sep 18 2009

The author’s tone often grows strident and can spark skepticism just at those times when he’d be better off letting the evidence speak for itself.

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Oregon Live

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on Sep 10 2009

I thought at first that Krakauer's invocation of Homer's epic in his subtitle was a cliche, but in the end I think the arc of Tillman's life, as Krakauer has constructed it, echoes the trajectory of a classical hero's tale...

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Reviewed by Melissa H. Pierson on Sep 16 2009

Where Men Win Glory is this kind of achievement, its utility to act as the greatest of the checks and balances the founding fathers knew were required against a fatal consolidation of power in government: the truth.

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Reviewed by Bonnie Brody on Jul 27 2010

Krakauer does a brilliant job of utilizing Pat’s journals, interviewing his friends, family and members of the military. He provides maps, documents and has done extensive research for this book. Despite all the details, this book is accessible to any reader...

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Daily Kos

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Reviewed by LaughingPlanet on Dec 29 2009

In the book, it is clear that Krakauer has a profound respect for the person that Tillman was. He uses his gifts as a journalist/author to get to the truth, no matter how heart-wrenching they may be.

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Oprah.com

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Reviewed by Sara Nelson on Mar 09 2016

Where Men Win Glory , Krakauer's account of Tillman's life—and of the way the Bush administration tried to turn Tillman's story into pro-war propaganda—is both meticulous and passionate, and reveals a far more complex and emotional character than the mythical American "hero."

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