WHERE MEN WIN GLORY

by Jon Krakauer |

REVIEWED BY RICHARD EISENBERG

NON-FICTION

In this wrenching account of the life and death of NFL star Pat Tillman, killed in friendly fire in Afghanistan in 2004, Krakauer (Into the Wild) brilliantly turns investigative reporter. Interviews with Tillman’s family, friends and fellow Army Rangers, plus excerpts from his journals, reveal a stubborn idealist two years into his tour of duty when he was accidentally shot by members of his platoon. Though opposed to the Iraq war, Tillman enlisted with “noble intentions” soon after marrying his high school sweetheart Marie, turning down a $3.6 million contract from the Arizona Cardinals. “My voice is calling me in a different direction,” he wrote in a document called “Decision.” The book breaks news: Tillman played a never-disclosed role in the rescue of Pfc. Jessica Lynch of West Virginia in March 2003. Mostly, though, Krakauer will break your heart recounting how the military lied about Pat’s death to his parents and fellow-soldier brother Kevin. “Let’s go help our boys,” Pat tragically told Pvt. Bryan O’Neal just before dying. Noble to the end.

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