Worth Fighting For: An Army Ranger's Journey Out of the Military and Across America

Worth Fighting For: An Army Ranger's Journey Out of the Military and Across America

by Rory Fanning

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"Rory Fanning's odyssey is more than a walk across America. It is a gripping story of one young man's intellectual journey from eager soldier to skeptical radical, a look at not only the physical immenseness of the country, its small towns, and highways, but into the enormity of its past, the hidden sins and unredeemed failings of the United States. The reader is there along with Rory, walking every step, as challenging and rewarding experience for us as it was for him."—Neil Steinberg, Chicago Sun-Times

Pat Tillman's death by friendly fire was covered up just days before his comrade Rory Fanning—who served in the same unit as Tillman—left the Army Rangers as a conscientious objector. Disquieted by his tours in Afghanistan, Fanning sets out to honor Tillman's legacy by crossing the United States on foot.

Told with page-turning style, humor, and warmth, Worth Fighting For explores the emotional and social consequences of rejecting the mission of one of the most elite fighting forces in the world. It is only through the generous, and colorful people Fanning meets and the history he discovers that he learns to live again.

Rory Fanning walked across the United States for the Pat Tillman Foundation in 2008–09, following two deployments to Afghanistan with the 2nd Army Ranger Battalion. He is a housing activist living in Chicago, Illinois. Rory works for Haymarket Books and this is his first book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608463916
Publisher: Haymarket Books
Publication date: 11/04/2014
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 983,397
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author


Rory Fanning walked across the U.S. for the Pat Tillman Foundation in 2008-2009, following two deployments to Afghanistan with the 2nd Army Ranger Battalion. He is a founding member of Communities United Against Foreclosure and Eviction.

Table of Contents

Contents
Introduction 7
Part I 10
Chapter 1: Virginia 11
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA | Mile 0 11
First Landing State Park, Virginia 14
NORFOLK, VIRGINIA | Mile 19 14
A FEW MILES OUTSIDE OF CHESAPEAKE, VA | Mile 25 15
FRANKLIN, VA | Mile 60 15
Chapter 2: North Carolina 17
SEABOARD, NORTH CAROLINA | Mile 93 17
WELDON, NC | Mile 103 18
20 MILES EAST OF RALEIGH | Mile 165 19
RALEIGH, NC | Mile 185 19
20 MILES WEST OF RALEIGH, NC | Mile 205 22
CHARLOTTE, NC | Mile 324 22
Fighting the KKK in Monroe, NC 23
Chapter 3: South Carolina 25
SOUTH CAROLINA BORDER | Mile 330 25
GAFFNEY, SC | Mile 379 26
TRAIL OF TEARS | Mile 430 27
The Cherokee Nation 28
THIRTY MILES FROM THE GEORGIA BORDER 28
WALHALLA, SC | Mile 460 29
Chapter 4: Georgia 31
CLAYTON, GA | Mile 487 31
DICK'S CREEK GAP, APPALACHIAN TRAIL | Mile 503 34
BLUE RIDGE, GA | Mile 553 34
ELLIJAY, GA | Mile 568 35
I AM TROY DAVIS 36
CHATSWORTH, GA | Mile 592 38
CHATTANOOGA, TN | Mile 635 39
Conscientious Objectors in the Civil War? 40
TRENTON, GA | Mile 654 40
Chapter 5: Alabama and Mississippi 42
SCOTTSBORO, AL | Mile 694 42
The Scottsboro Boys 44
HUNTSVILLE, AL | Mile 734 44
FLORENCE, AL | Mile 802 46
Emmett Till 47
CORINTH, MISSISSIPPI | Mile 860 47
MEMPHIS, TN | Mile 951 50
The Lorraine Motel 51
PART II 53
Mark Twain, Anti-Imperialist 53
Chapter 6: Arkansas 55
FORREST CITY, AR | Mile 998 55
BISCOE, AR | Mile 1.038 56
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR| Mile 1,082 57
The Little Rock Nine 58
HOT SPRINGS, AR | Mile 1,135 58
MOUNT IDA, AR | Mile 1,171 59
NORMAN, AR | Mile 1,179 60
GLENWOOD, AR | Mile 1,191 63
Chapter 7: Texas 65
Native Americans in Oklahoma 66
PARIS, TX | Mile 1,228 67
HOUSTON, TX | Mile 1,228 68
COMMERCE, TX | Mile 1,267 69
The San Patricio Brigade 70
ROYSE CITY, TX | Mile 1,299 72
DALLAS, TX | Mile 1,333 73
OUTSIDE OF FORT WORTH, TX | Mile 1,361 76
MINERAL WELLS, TX | Mile 1,409 76
The Great Peace March for Global Nuclear Disarmament 78
BRECKENRIDGE, TX | Mile 1,459 78
ALBANY, TX | Mile 1,473 79
ANSON, TX | Mile 1,510 80
ROBY, TX | Mile 1,540 81
SNYDER, TX | Mile 1,572 82
LUBBOCK, TX | Mile 1,656 83
LEVELLAND, TX | Mile 1,686 83
WHITEFACE, TX | Mile 1,700 85
Chapter 8: New Mexico 87
TATUM, NM | Mile 1,757 88
ROSWELL, NM | Mile 1,829 90
HONDO, NM | Mile 1,876 92
WHITE SANDS, NM | Mile 1,961 93
Trinity Site Nuclear Testing 94
SAN ANTONIO, NEW MEXICO | Mile 2,065 95
SOCORRO, NM | Mile 2,075 95
MAGDELENA, NM | Mile 2,092 95
DATIL, NM | Mile 2,127 96
CONTINENTAL DIVIDE 96
PIE TOWN, NM | Mile 2,148 97
QUEMADO, NM | Mile 2,170 98
Chapter 9: Arizona 100
SPRINGERVILLE, AZ | Mile 2,219 100
SHOW LOW, AZ | Mile 2,265 101
BLACK MESA, AZ | Mile 2,458 102
PAYSON, AZ | Mile 2,546 102
Cochise 103
MESA, AZ | Mile 2,621 104
TEMPE, AZ | Mile 2,628 105
PERRYVILLE MINIMUM SECURITY PRISON, AZ | Mile 2,659 105
GILA BEND, AZ | Mile 2,707 106
YUMA, AZ | Mile 2,838 107
FELICITY, CA | Mile 2,851 109
UNITED FARM WORKERS: SÍ SE PUEDE 109
THE DUNES, CA | Mile 2,871 111
EL CENTRO, CA | Mile 2,959 111
SALVATION MOUNTAIN, CA | Mile 2,959 112
OCEANSIDE, CA | Mile 3,087 113
Epilogue 115

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