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The best-selling author of Into the Wild, Into 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 best sellers, 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 account of 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, Tillm...

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Good audio choice

So I enjoyed the book and found it very informative. Having said that, I think I chose a good book to try audio on - I can envision a lot of the setup for the war stories being a very dry read

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A great look into why

Great in-depth look into the life and factors at play in the death of Army Ranger/Arizona Cardinal Pat Tillman. Told in Krakauer's notable informed style.

Despite what some other reviews state, there is no political bias - all information is taken from documents and noted as such.

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  • Phil
  • 2010-05-27

Great Read

Thoroughly enjoyable book. Very well researched and written, and a heart wrenching story as well. Pat Tillman had a humility most of us should aspire to and was a man of great principles. His story alone is no more important than any other soldier killed in action, however the attempts by Government and Army officials to use it to their advantage (against his will) are appalling.

Scott Brick's narration is excellent (no idea how one reviewer thought he was condescending). Highly recommended audiobook.

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  • Daniel
  • 2009-09-23

Good book, painful narration

Enjoying the content of the book, but it sounds like it's being read by Agent Smith from the Matrix. Slow, over-enunciation, and dramatic emphasis on words and phrases that needn't be dramatically emphasized.

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  • Yennta
  • 2009-10-01

Wonderful book, will have to read it in book form

I want my money back. Scott Brick's narration is so melodramatic, his voice just SOBS, saying mundane things like, "he was just under six feet tall," sob. What a weight of schmalz in that voice. It's like every sentence is a recitation of a prayer. It's like the devastating announcements that occur in soap operas. Jeez. Give me a break! P.S. Jon Krakauer is always great. I'll have to buy the book, now.

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  • A.C. Chavez
  • 2012-08-07

Leave ideology out of it.

What did you like best about Where Men Win Glory? What did you like least?

Love the story of a rare and great human being. Not interested in the political squawking and agenda driving. The memory of Mr. Tillman and what he is about is enough to make a fabulous book.

Could you see Where Men Win Glory being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Yes - Pat Tillman's story needs to be told.

Any additional comments?

Great man and a heartbreaking story.

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  • Nicholas
  • 2010-07-15

Another Fantastic Krakauer Book

This one quite simply rocks. I learned about Afghanistan, Pat Tilman, and Character-both outstanding and deplorable.

The story is framed by facts and confirms Krakauer's committment to present the real story! Well done. I never expected to enjoy this as much as I did.

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  • Clifford
  • 2009-12-07

Not his best.

Krakauer is one of my favoite authors, but this is not his best work. The story of Pat Tilman is riveting and as usual, well researched, but the book devolves into a repetitively preachy "expose." I don't think anyone out there would still be to shocked to find out the Army tries to cover up it own mistakes. The narrator's tone is also annoying and dripping with an indignant air. I would have enjoyed it more if I had read it myself so I could skip over the syrup.

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  • Steven
  • 2010-07-07

Spellbinding Start To Finish !

As the subtitle suggest this book is mainly about the "odyssey" of how and why an NFL football star ended up in on the front lines of two middle east wars. Unlike world war two where famous actors and athletes alike fought shoulder to shoulder with "regular" Americans from all walks of life, Pat Tillman served in a time when the famous and rich generally did not serve. The book keeps a good even pace moving forward and back in time to mix the interesting details of Pat Tillman's growing up, his family life, his football career and his service in the Army. Pat Tillman was neither an iconoclast nor a hero making the actions of both the Army and the Bush administration nothing short of criminal in covering up his friendly fire death for their own gain. Unlike the impression given by several of the one star reviews posted here, the book is neither a polemic against the Bush administration or the Army and really levels no criticism at either until the last quarter of the book when the FACTS surrounding the cover up and cynical political use of Pat's death for propoganda purposes make the truth of what happened into a damning inditement. My guess would be that if you were a middle east war cheerleader the truth written here probably hurts pretty bad but this is a well written, accurate book able to withstand a few one star reviews.

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  • A. Bares
  • 2015-07-16

Read a different Book on Tillman

The author hates Bush and drags the story far beyond Tillman. Biased, boring and not well done.

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  • Mike
  • 2011-12-07

Too much politics

I believe the biography of Pat Tillman's life was very interesting and fascinating....and the author did do a lot of research on it. But, the emphasis on bashing the Bush administration was overdone. That part was a disappointment.

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  • Carl
  • 2011-06-01

Agree - Not His Best

Mr. Krakauer is a gifted author and one of my favorites. He has taken us on virtual journeys that few have experienced, each with vivid detail that we trust to be honest and accurate. However, having served over three decades in uniform and many deployments (including two Afghanistan campaigns), I have serious reservations about the motivation of this book and wonder if Mr. Krakauer is the actual author. To the public at large the book may seem insightful and informative, especially after nearly ten years of armchair retrospect. The reality is that Pat Tillman did something that less than one-half of one percent of our population has done at any given time and that few understand. Unfortunately, this book has clouded his legacy with a passe and incessant anti-Bush rant amplified by a syrupy narration making the book tedious at best.

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