Top positive review
November 26, 2009
Like Chris McCandless from Mr. Krakauer's Into the Wild, Pat Tillman is an idealist whose own convictions become his very undoing. He joins the American army in 2002 because he believes that, after the attacks of 9/11, fighting for his country is the right thing to do. From his actions, the testimony of friends and colleagues and entries from his own diary, we learn that doing the right was a mantra for Mr. Tillman practically his whole life. Why else would he give up the money and glory and fun of playing professional football? Unfortunately, after he joins, he quickly becomes disillusioned with the realities of army life. He has little in common with his fellow soldiers nor the Bush administration, which engages a war in Iraq with which Pat Tillman has serious reservations. It's ironic that the tragedy of his death would be made worse by attempts by the army to hide the realities of his demise so that he could remain a poster-boy for purposes of recruiting other men for a war he never believed in. Mr. Krakauer must be commended for telling this story and Mary Tillman for pursuing the truth of her son's tragic death. The story is incredibly engaging about war, politics, the media and most importantly, a man and his family for in the end, family is Where Men Win Glory, not in the barren hills of a country on the other side of the world fighting a war against an abstract noun.