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Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman

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29 out of 34 people found this review helpful.

I've waited about 2 1/2 years for this

While in Afghanistan, Jon Krakauer spent abut 48 hours on a small Surveillance mission with myself and my recon team. He could walk up any mountain we did, (and faster) he was a great story teller and though i didn't know the great gift it was at the time, he told us st...
While in Afghanistan, Jon Krakauer spent abut 48 hours on a small Surveillance mission with myself and my recon team. He could walk up any mountain we did, (and faster) he was a great story teller and though i didn't know the great gift it was at the time, he told us stories about the places he'd been and the things he'd done in his past and that was a great gift. Who knows an Author? Who knows an Author who is willing to tell stories to a group of starving soldiers and not expect anything in return? Jon Krakauer did that for us, and lifted our spirits. He only briefly spoke about what he was in Afghanistan for but asked that we remain quiet about it, so for the past few years All of us have so w wouldnt compromise his work. Thanks Jon for a New Story.

posted by ReconSoldier on June 15, 2009

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54 out of 95 people found this review helpful.

A perfect hypocritical, unjust, political offensive at the expense of a fallen soldier's good name.

Call me a sucker, I took the bait! Without any discredit to Krakauer's penmanship and regardless of the reader's political stance, this book is an obvious political attack and all-out assault on the United States military under the guise of a tribute to a fallen hero (...
Call me a sucker, I took the bait! Without any discredit to Krakauer's penmanship and regardless of the reader's political stance, this book is an obvious political attack and all-out assault on the United States military under the guise of a tribute to a fallen hero (the latter of which I thought I was really reading about). There is no doubt that Pat Tillman is an extraordinary person and should be remembered with honor and respect. But this book is rife with politics and a slap in the face to the American military. Krakauer should have simply stated that 9/11 and all war casualties are the result of mishandled situations by the United States leadership and its military. How do discussions on the Florida presidential election recount, alleged CIA intelligence mishandling, and other politically-charged narratives pay tribute to a fallen hero? Furthermore, while Krakauer alledges that the Government's war propaganda machine was fueled by embellished battle stories, he uses Pat Tillman's good character and good intentions to deliver his own anti-war, anti-political party propaganda. Hypocritical as hell, but sure, it's a great read... If you intend to pay tribute to a great man, do so, but leave your political and military assault for another book. Don't whore out a fallen soldier's good name to push your own ideas.

posted by 2022219 on October 6, 2009

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  • Posted November 15, 2009

    One of the few books I was unable to finish.

    Although I've enjoyed Krakauer's other works, I cannot recommend this one. Every man who goes to war has his own compelling story and I have no doubt that Pat Tillman was a patriot. If he were alive today, I do not think he would be pleased with Krakauer's version of his life or his war. The book eventually becomes a rant against the Bush Administration and the war against terror in general. Krakauer needs to stick with something he knows. War, duty, loyalty and honor are clearly outside his area of expertise. Don't waste your money or your time.

    4 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2010

    Skip It!

    Offensive use of the tragic death of a true American patriot to push an anti-Bush, anti-war agenda. Rife with factual errors, even on such simple things as what city the Rose Bowl is in. Don't waste your time.

    3 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2009

    Diatribe

    This book was a great disappointment. It was more on Jon's diatribe of the past administration, and less about a true warrior. Won't waste my money again on Krakauer's works.

    2 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2013

    Like some other reviewers as the story moved from Pat Tillman to

    Like some other reviewers as the story moved from Pat Tillman to a nearly continuous diatribe agaist the Bush administration and the military I stopped reading it. Pat Tillman seems like a hero no matter the circumstances of his death, following his principles.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2012

    Wothless

    Waste of time and money Tillman deserves far more than this scree against the war and the military

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2012

    Where Men Win Glory

    I would take a pass on this book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2011

    Lukewarm

    I am a big Krakauer fan. I have read all his books and enjoyed them thoroughly, until now. This book drags when Krakauer goes on his Bush bashing rants. The Bush hating story has been told, from many angles by an endless number of people and Krakauer presents nothing new in this regard.

    I loved the parts about Pat Tillman and was bored during the Bush Bashing. That cut the book down significantly.

    This was a bit of a disappointment for me.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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