Another Heavy Hitter: Krakauer’s Pat Tillman Bio

Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol isn’t the only book in the news today. September 15 is also the release date of John Krakauer’s Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman, about the undersized, overachieving Arizona Cardinals safety who walked away from his $3.6 million NFL contract to enlist in the United States Army and died two months later in Afghanistan, a victim of friendly fire that the U.S. Army later admitted to covering up.

The much anticipated and long-delayed book rises to #7 on Amazon today, following coverage on NPR and Good Morning America, among others. There were substantial reserves on orders of between 1 and 40 copies at libraries we checked.

In an interview on NPR’s All Things Considered, Krakauer focused on new details about the Army’s cover-up:

“When a soldier is killed in combat, you should put his uniform, his weapon, everything — anything that can be considered forensic evidence should be sent back to the States with the body, so the medical examiners could determine the cause of death. In the case of Tillman, none of that happened.”

Tillman’s uniform and body armor were burned, says Krakauer, and his weapon, helmet, even a part of his brain, which fell to the ground after the attack, disappeared. Army officials told the medical examiners that Tillman had been killed by the Taliban — and they stuck by this story when they reported the death to his family.

“The Army intentionally lied,” Krakauer says. “They just broke regulation after regulation.”

Good Morning America‘s interview with Krakauer delved into Tillman’s conflicted feelings about joining the fight against the Taliban, and his involvement in the rescue of Private Jessica Lynch. Tillman believed the Lynch rescue was a “publicity stunt” at the time, although he was also concerned about Lynch’s situation, according to Krakauer.

And in a Q&A on The Daily Beast, Krakauer revealed more about his experiences in writing the book:

Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman
Jon Krakauer
Retail Price: $27.95
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Doubleday – (2009-09-15)
ISBN / EAN: 0385522266 / 9780385522267

Also available from:

Random House Audio

  • CD, $40; ISBN 9780739357842

Random House Large Print Publishing

  • $28; ISBN 9780739327630

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