Where Men Win Glory

Jon Krakauer

In 2002, Pat Tillman left a successful football career with the Arizona Cardinals and 3.6 million dollars to join the U.S. Army Rangers. He was then killed in Afghanistan on April 22, 2004. Tillman was killed in a canyon in eastern Afghanistan after being ambushed by enemy forces. Tillman became a poster boy after his death for the war in Afghanistan. By late May media outlets reported that he actually was killed by friendly fire and that Army commanders and members of the Bush administration covered up the truth of what had happened.

Early Beginings

Patrick Daniel Tillman was born the oldest of three brothers on November 6, 1976, in San Jose, California. From a very young age Pat was a honest and high moraled person. He had a set of rules and principles to live by that made him the man he became and was. Pat was a high school stand out in the classroom and football field. But perhaps one of the largest moments in his life was meeting his high school sweetheart and future wife Marie. He started his college career at Arizona State University at linebacker. At ASU, Tillman thrived on the field and in the classroom. The linebacker helped his team to achieve an undefeated season and to make to the 1997 Rose Bowl game. He won the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year and was selected as the ASU Most Valuable Player of the Year in 1997. Tillman also earned awards for his performance as a student, winning the Clyde B. Smith Academic Award in 1996 and 1997. All leading him to be the man he was at the end of his days. But ultimately Pat was loyal. When the Rams offered him 9.6 million dollars he turned them down. That was just the kind of man he was. Never turning his back on the people that believed in him. "The Cardinals drafted me in the seventh round. They believed in me." "I've made my decision, Frank. I'm going to stay with the Cardinals"

The Faces of Patrick Daniel Tillman

“Many decisions are made in our lifetime, Most relatively insignificant while others life altering”

The Shaping of a Man

There are many themes in Where Men Win Glory, but one really stuck and developed the story from the beginning. Every person has their own duty and path. Pat Tillman Shocked the world by his decision to pass up millions of dollars to make a difference and save people on the other side of the world. People that would probably never affect his life. People who had no idea who Pat Tillman was and forever will be. From the time he was a small child Pat did what he thought was right and good for himself and others. "It is amazing the turns one's life can take. Major events or decisions that completely change a life. In my life there have been a number."


Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman was an extraordinary book. Everyone knew of Pat Tillman's patriotism and heroic ways. But this book revealed who he truly was, how he thought in his last days, and the hard truth that the government tried to cover his death up. I would recommend this book to any interested in sports, politics or anyone looking for a book about a heroic individual.