Where Men Win Glory - Jon Krakauer

Where Men Win Glory

By Jon Krakauer

  • Release Date: 2009-09-15
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 339 Ratings


NATIONAL BESTSELLER • A "gripping book about this extraordinary man who lived passionately and died unnecessarily" (USA Today) in post-9/11 Afghanistan, from the bestselling author of Into the Wild and Into Thin Air.

In 2002, Pat Tillman walked away from a multimillion-dollar NFL contract to join the Army and became an icon of American 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.

Sent first to Iraq—a war he would openly declare was “illegal as hell” —and eventually to Afghanistan, Tillman was driven by emotionally charged, sometimes contradictory notions of duty, honor, justice, and masculine pride, and he was determined to serve his entire three-year commitment. But on April 22, 2004, his life would end in a barrage of bullets fired by his fellow soldiers. Though obvious to most of the two dozen soldiers on the scene that a ranger in Tillman’s own platoon had fired the fatal shots, the Army aggressively maneuvered to keep this information from Tillman’s family and the American public for five weeks following his death. During this time, President Bush used Tillman’s name to promote his administration’ s foreign policy. Long after Tillman’s nationally televised memorial service, the Army grudgingly notified his closest relatives that he had “probably” been killed by friendly fire while it continued to dissemble about the details of his death and who was responsible.

Drawing on Tillman’s journals and letters and countless interviews with those who knew him and extensive research in Afghanistan, Jon Krakauer chronicles Tillman’s riveting, tragic odyssey in engrossing detail highlighting his remarkable character and personality while closely examining the murky, heartbreaking circumstances of his death. Infused with the power and authenticity readers have come to expect from Krakauer’s storytelling, Where Men Win Glory exposes shattering truths about men and war.

This edition has been updated to reflect new developments and includes new material obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.


  • Another great Krakauer read!

    By LongLeggedGal
    I've devoured nearly every book Krakauer has written. He is a superb wordsmith and story teller. This book was compelling and informative. I couldn't put it down.
  • Excellent book!

    By Meatball 2
    I've read this more than once, and I recommend it to everybody
  • When Men Win Glory

    By Ryan Roderick
    The book was not just about Pat's brief life and how his philosophies on life did not match society's expectation of a NFL player. It also discusses the realities of war. War is messy! Bad things happen, especially Friendly Fire. What is more astonishing is how our government covered up failures and atrocities to benefit a cause. The behavior is similar to what would be expected from a dictator.
  • Enlightening, parts of it will leave you dumbfounded.

    By GatorDuc
    Krakauer has a way of researching and writing that makes the subject matter incredibly educational and enjoyable to read. This is not an easy book to "digest" however, a lively read, but you will be saddened by the implications of it. You will walk away from this book with a greater understanding of a government's propaganda to support war, obscure friendly fire and the media's ravenous need to report what the government delivers. This theme surrounds the similarly interesting story of a dynamic individual who dropped everything in search of deeper character development; only to loose his life doing so in a most tragic and seemingly senseless way. The repercussions from this book are many and will haunt you for months after you finish. A book worthy of every American's time. Especially those Americans interested in seeking a more realistic "truth" behind government, war, love and individuality with in our national culture.
  • Excellent Read

    By AgPilotGt
    This book gives information that makes me understand how Afghanistan has played a pivotal role in the September 11 attacks and also about how difficult it will be to eventually bring peace to that region. The tragic end Pat Tillman had due to decisions made by his chain of command brought terrible consecuences. The cover up is an eye opener. And Mary Tillman's unwavering love for his son reminds me of my Mother, the way she loved me.
  • Great read ends too soon

    By John Nemo
    So fast paced and so well done. Feels like the ending is too abrupt. Very well done though. Couldn't put it down!