Pat Tillman, a free-thinking, hard-hitting safety for the Arizona Cardinals, walked away from a multimillion-dollar contract after 9/11 to enlist in the Army.
He joined an elite unit, the Rangers, and was killed on April 22, 2004, in a canyon in eastern Afghanistan.
The story did not end there: Tillman’s commanders and possibly officials in the Bush administration suppressed that he had been killed accidentally by his own comrades. They publicly lionized Tillman as a hero who died fighting the enemy and fed the phony account even to Tillman’s grieving family. The sordid truth, or most of it, came out later.
The best-selling author Jon Krakauer … told the full story in “Where Men Win Glory.” …
read more in the NY Times review by Dexter Filkins, author of “The Forever War.”
I read everything Krakauer writes. An odd guy, he’s one of our best living writers.
Why did Krakauer pick Tillman?
The story is symbolic of the disaster of the USA invading the Middle East.
What did cost?
What did the American people gain from invading Iraq and Afghanistan?
It’s unlikely the USA will ever again have enough money to engage in a war that ineffective.
I recommend the book. Especially for any young people considering joining any Military.
Pat’s brother Kevin wrote an anti-war essay titled Revisiting ‘After Pat’s Birthday’
Pat’s Mom Mary Tillman – Boots on the Ground by Dusk: My Tribute to Pat Tillman
Pat’s wife Marie Tillman – The Letter: My Journey Through Love, Loss, and Life