Having just finished Where Men Win Glory, written by Jon Krakauer (Into Thin Air, Into the Wild), this is a book I would highly recommend – and a book I almost wish I had not read. If you’ve read anything by Jon Krakauer you will know him to be a superb writer, and this book is no exception.
Where Men Win Glory is about a totally inspiring individual, Corporal Pat Tillman, who you may remember was an NFL player who after 9/11 chose to forego his lucrative football career and join the Army Rangers – and subsequently was killed in Afghanistan. The part of the book that is so disturbing (beyond the obvious) is the way in which he died (friendly fire) and the far more disturbing part being the fraud and cover-up created by the Army and the White House.
There are so many guilty parties involved in this horrible event, which is partly why this story is so disturbing. Those in uniform (the list is long but including General Kensinger, Major General Stanley McChrystal) should be tried in a court marshal. And from a political standpoint (including President George W. Bush and Donald Rumsfeld), the depth and self-serving nature of this fraud is almost beyond belief.
Nonetheless, you cannot come away from this book without being inspired by Pat Tillman and his family. This is a great book but you need to be prepared for the very worst of what the US military and political infrastructure can serve up. A great book with a despicable story.