Saturday, April 16, 2011

M for "Men Win Glory"

Hello Everyone,

   For the letter M, I can post something or the other from the books I have read. But, a friend of mine, has recommended I write something about the book "Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman" a 2009 book written by Jon Krakauer, is a biography of Pat Tillman, an American football player who left his professional career and enlisted in the United States Army after the September 11 attacks.

   Well, I didn't read the book yet and my friend isn't ready to do the post for me. So I decided to simply publicize the book here. Ha, I am good right?? Yeah, I am gonna read the book for sure. Here is the book review taken from NewYork Times. 

     The story of Pat Tillman, the professional football player killed in Afghanistan in 2004, was simultaneously appalling and inspiring — which helped explain, perhaps, the mesmerizing grip it had on the United States. It showed America at its best and worst, at a time when the country was engaged in a deeply polarizing war. At the least, it had all the ingredients of a very good book.

       Most everyone, at least in the United States, is familiar with the basic facts: Tillman, a free-thinking, hard-hitting safety for the Arizona Cardinals, walked away from a multimillion-dollar contract after 9/11 to enlist in the Army. He joined an elite unit, the Rangers, and was killed on April 22, 2004, in a canyon in eastern Afghanistan. The story did not end there: Tillman’s commanders and possibly officials in the Bush administration suppressed that he had been killed accidentally by his own comrades. They publicly lionized Tillman as a hero who died fighting the enemy and fed the phony account even to Tillman’s grieving family. The sordid truth, or most of it, came out later.

    Have you read such a book? A book about such exceptional persons?

with warm regards


Angela Felsted said...

You're a nice friend.

August said...

I haven't read this one, but Krakauer is a great non-fiction writer. "Into Thin Air" was marvelous; so was "Under the Banner of Heaven."

Tessa Conte said...

I haven't heard of this, but it sounds like an inspiring story.


Josh Hoyt said...

I look forward to following your blog and seeing more of your excellent posts.

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