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Review: Where Men Win Glory

April 21, 2016

Where Men Win Glory

Earlier this year, I read my first Jon Krakauer book and was so impressed with his research and writing skills.  I decided to take a look at his back list and have picked up more of his books but had kind of decided I wasn’t interested in Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman.  I figured I knew all there was to know about his story – a successful player who left the NFL to join the Army after 9/11.  Then I read Heather’s review of the book and decided it was something I needed to read and learned that I really knew very little about Tillman’s tragic story.

As you would expect with Krakauer, the book was meticulously researched and fills in a lot of background.  Krakauer shares Tillman’s life from a young age and details his reasons for joining the Army.  He also recounts the way Tillman died and the way the government tried to cover it up and exploit it.  Suffice it to say, I think they did a very poor job all the way around.

Krakauer also gives a lot of background on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and what led to them.  I’m kind of embarrassed to admit that I didn’t know a lot of the details.  Again, I think the government could have handled many things better.  Even with all the military maneuverings, I found Where Men Win Glory very compelling.  It made me think and I talked about it a lot so I think it would make a great book club pick.

The audio version of the book is narrated by Scott Brick and he did an outstanding job, as I’ve come to expect from him.

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20 Comments leave one →
  1. April 21, 2016 6:00 am

    I love Krakauer but I had already read so much about the case I figured this would be overkill, so to speak.

  2. Patty permalink
    April 21, 2016 8:15 am

    That book sounds very thought provoking.

  3. April 21, 2016 8:19 am

    Sounds intriguing though I wouldn’t know anything of this particular case

  4. Beth F permalink
    April 21, 2016 9:06 am

    I love his books, but for some reason I haven’t read this one. I’d better add it to my list.

  5. April 21, 2016 9:24 am

    Even though I haven’t read the book, this is a story that I am intimately familiar with. Pat Tillman went to school in San Jose, which is right next door to where I live. He was a star athlete in high school and in college. He didn’t star in the NFL, but, as you know, he did play professional football until he quit to join the military. Obviously our local daily (The Mercury News) covered the events leading to his death in great detail for a long time. I think there’s even a local race named after him. It’s a crazy compelling story.

  6. April 21, 2016 9:29 am

    I’ve enjoyed a few of Scott Brick’s audios so I’d listen to this one. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  7. April 21, 2016 11:20 am

    I think I’d enjoy this book. I haven’t read the author before.

  8. April 21, 2016 1:03 pm

    I thought I had read, or at least heard about, all of Krakauer’s books. How did I miss this one? Scott Brick is a great narrator, so I’ll add the audio version to my wish list.

  9. April 21, 2016 3:56 pm

    Eh, I do not know

  10. April 21, 2016 4:13 pm

    I do love Scott Brick’s narration!

  11. The Cue Card permalink
    April 21, 2016 5:29 pm

    Oh it was such a tragedy — Patt Tillman’s death by friendly fire. A real heartbreaker. Krakauer is the perfect author to do justice to Tillman’s story.

  12. April 21, 2016 5:58 pm

    I had tried listening to this audiobookvery early in my audiobook listening “career” but struggled with it. I think it’s time to go back to it. I have enjoyed many of Scott Brick’s narrations since.

  13. April 21, 2016 7:45 pm

    This sounds very worthwhile, Kathy!

  14. April 21, 2016 7:53 pm

    I haven’t yet read any of his books but I know they are popular at the shop.

  15. Diane permalink
    April 22, 2016 6:47 pm

    I would consider this one solely on the author. Glad u enjoyed it.

  16. Ryan permalink
    April 23, 2016 8:27 pm

    It’s a powerful story

  17. April 24, 2016 8:19 am

    I’m so glad to hear you were as fascinated by this book as I was! Even now, months after finishing it, I am still thinking about it.

  18. April 24, 2016 9:20 am

    I’m always impressed with the amount of research Krakauer does for his books. I haven’t read this one, but I think I’ve got the paperback sitting on my shelves waiting for me.

  19. bookingmama permalink
    April 24, 2016 6:51 pm

    Everything about this book sounds terrific — from Tillman’s story, to the background on the war, to Mr. Brick reading!

  20. April 30, 2016 12:24 am

    Like you, this didn’t really interest me. And then I read your review and changed my mind 🙂

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