Where Men Win Glory by Jon Krakauer

John
Where was I when this story was all over the news?!  I don’t even remember this — maybe I was just caught up in my own world of events or maybe I was just tired of hearing about war stories that were overcrowding every piece of media.  This "Where Men Win Glory" is a very touching story, as of course we have come to expect from Jon Krakauer (Into the Wild, Into Thin Air, etc) about Pat Tillman and his local Almaden family.

My first impression is how enraged I am at our own military and news media.  Friendly fire is a way of life during wartime, that’s understood.  But covering up the truth for political gains and spinning a story in favor of someone’s agenda at the expense of the family who deserves the truth is frustrating beyond belief.

Another conclusion for me is that I will no longer trust our own news media.  I have for the most part believed that with so many journalists, newspapers, magazines, tv programs, etc, that finding the truth for ANY given situation is just a matter of who gets there first.  With that many people on the job, nothing can hide.  After reading this book, you realize that the news media merely reprints whatever press release and spoonfed-story they are given without even trying to find out the hidden agenda behind the ones creating the story.

But the most impactful part of this book is Pat Tillman himself.  Pat was a person of great character.  We could all learn a great deal from Pat in how to live better lives, learn from everyone around us, challenge our own beliefs, and make each day part of our own personal journey of growing into the best person we can possibly become.  For me, his story is not about war or politics, it is about self-enlightenment and I am a better person for knowing him.

-Mark 

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