Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey Of Pat Tillman

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Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey Of Pat Tillman

by Jon Krakauer

Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group | July 27, 2010 | Trade Paperback |

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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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 480 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.79 in

Published: July 27, 2010

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 030738604X

ISBN - 13: 9780307386045

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Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey Of Pat Tillman

Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey Of Pat Tillman

by Jon Krakauer

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 480 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.79 in

Published: July 27, 2010

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 030738604X

ISBN - 13: 9780307386045

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CHAPTER ONE During Pat Tillman''s stint in the Army he intermittently kept a diary. In an entry dated July 28, 2002--three weeks after he arrived at boot camp--he wrote, "It is amazing the turns one''s life can take. Major events or decisions that completely change a life. In my life there have been a number." He then cataloged several. Foremost on his mind at the time, predictably, was his decision to join the military. But the incident he put at the top of the list, which occurred when he was eleven years old, comes as a surprise. "As odd as this sounds," the journal revealed, "a diving catch I made in the 11-12 all-stars was a take-off point. I excelled the rest of the tournament and gained incredible confidence. It sounds tacky but it was big." As a child growing up in Almaden, California (an upscale suburb of San Jose), Pat had started playing baseball at the age of seven. It quickly became apparent to the adults who watched him throw a ball and swing a bat that he possessed extraordinary talent, but Pat seems not to have been particularly cognizant of his own athletic gifts until he was selected for the aforementioned all-star team in the summer of 1988. As the tournament against teams of other standout middle-school athletes got under way, he mostly sat on the bench. When the coach eventually put Pat into a game, however, he clobbered a home run and made a spectacular catch of a long fly ball hit into the outfield. Fourteen years later, as he contemplated life from the
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From the Publisher

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.

About the Author

Jon Krakauer is the author of Eiger Dreams, Into the Wild, Into Thin Air, and Under the Banner of Heaven and is the editor of the Modern Library Exploration series.

Editorial Reviews

“Nuanced, thorough, and chilling. . . . The arc of Tillman’s life . . . echoes the trajectory of a classical hero’s tale. . . . It acquires an almost legendary power.” — The Oregonian “The fallen man at the heart of Where Men Win Glory quickly emerges as a classic Krakauer character. A charismatic athlete possessed of an insatiably curious mind, Tillman spurned the riches of life . . . to pursue old-fashioned notions of honor and sacrifice. He’s Into the Wild ’s Chris McCandless gone to war.” — Outside Magazine   “Riveting. . . . Krakauer’s gripping book about this extraordinary man who lived passionately and died unnecessarily sets the record straight.” — USA Today   “Talk about an inspired pairing of subject and author. . . . [ Where Men Win Glory ] reveals a far more complex and emotional character than the mythical American ‘hero.’” — O, The Oprah Magazine   “Everyone (hawks, doves, patriots, subversives) can find something to celebrate in Pat Tillman. . . . A detailed portrait of a complicated hero.” — Sports Illustrated   “Gripping, heartbreaking reading. . . . At once unique and universal. . . . A fitting tribute.” — The Christian Science Monitor “The first deeply reported book about Tillman by a first-rate journalist.” — San Francisco Chronicle   “A riveting examination of
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1. What aspects of Jon Krakauer's narrative style make his telling of Pat Tillman's story especially powerful?

2. After Tillman died, a copy of Jon Krakauer's Eiger Dreams, a book about eccentric mountain climbers, was found in his backpack. He had also read and admired Into the Wild and Under the Banner of Heaven. Why would Tillman be drawn to Krakauer's writing? Why would Krakauer be drawn to write about Pat Tillman?

3. What made Tillman such an unusual football player, both on and off the field? What stereotypes did he defy and transcend?

4. What are Pat Tillman's most admirable qualities?

5. In what ways did Tillman's time in jail change him?

6. What role did Tillman's idealism and personal code of ethics play in his death? Is Krakauer right in suggesting that it was Tillman's "stubborn idealism-his insistence on trying to do the right thing" [p. 406344] that brought him down?

7. Krakauer writes that "The juxtaposition of Pat's vulnerability with his fearlessness and self-assurance is not an easy thing to wrap one's mind around, but it was an absolutely central aspect of his personality" [p. 7363]. What instances in Tillman's life reveal this unlikely combination of character traits? How is it possible to wrap one's mind around it? Why are these traits so rarely joined in a single person in American culture?

8. Imagine the conversation that Tillman and Noam Chompsky would have had if their meeting had taken place. What might they have talked about? How might they have regarded each other?

9. What made Pat and Marie's relationship so special? In what ways does the depth of their bond make Tillman's death even more heartbreaking?

10. Krakauer begins Part Two of Where Men Win Glory with an epigraph by Chris Hedges: "War is always about betrayal, betrayal of the young by the old, of idealists by cynics and of troops by politicians" [p. 153133]. In what ways and by whom, specifically, was Pat Tillman betrayed?

11. Discuss the events that led to Tillman's death by friendly fire 248-281and assess for yourselves who should have been held responsible for Tillman's death and what the appropriate punishment should have been. What Aarmy protocols were broken in the lead- up to, and during, the firefight? What protocols and regulations were broken in the immediate aftermath of Tillman's death?

12. As revealed in Where Men Win Glory what crucial mistakes has the United States made in its decades-long involvement in Afghanistan? What have been the consequences of these mistakes?

13. While stationed in Iraq, Tillman wrote in his journal: "My hope is that decisions are being made with the same good faith that Kevin and I aim to display.... I hope [this war is about] more than oil, money, & power.... I doubt that it is" [p. 196169]. What experiences are most responsible for changing Tillman from a patriotic and somewhat naive idealist to a sober-eyed realist?

14. When Tillman was killed, Krakauer writes, "White House perception managers saw an opportunity not unlike the one provided by the Jessica Lynch debacle thirteen months earlier" [p. 349295]. How did the "perception managers" in the Bush administration respond to Tillman's death? How did they use it to their advantage? What are the similarities between their handling of Jessica Lynch and Pat Tillman?

15. Discuss the ironies that emerge from the fact that Pat Tillman's personal code of courage, honor, honesty, and integrity was used so cynically and deceitfully by the Bush administration to further its own agenda.

16. How did Tillman's family react to Pat's death and to the White House cover-up of how he died? What positive results have come from the Tillman family's response to Pat's death?


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