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One of the finest writers of narrative nonfiction tells the story of the most famous American casualty of the "war on terror," former NFL star Pat Tillman. Tillman transcended the world of sports and gained national renown when he left his multi-million dollar contract with the Arizona Cardinals to enlist in the army eight months after 9/11. When Tillman was killed in action in 2003, he was roundly praised as a heroic patriot, and President Bush and other members of the administration began using his example to justify the rightness of their cause in Iraq and Afghanistan. However, it soon became evident that Tillman had been killed by friendly fire, and that the military and government had gone to extraordinary lengths to conceal the circumstances of his death, even from Tillman's family. Jon Krakauer has established himself as a master of depicting the spirit and determination which drives men to seek achievement and adventure, and he has his most compelling subject yet in Tillman. As well as providing the first definitive account of the events surrounding Tillman's death and the extensive military cover-up which ensued, Krakauer delves beneath the superficial media portraits of Tillman as an athlete and a martyr to uncover a man driven by standards of integrity and honor which were an almost haunting presence in his life. Selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the 100 Best Books of 2009.
Traces the controversial story of NFL player and army soldier Pat Tillman, describing the military's efforts to hide the truth about his death by friendly fire, in an account that draws on Tillman's journals and letters as well as interviews with family members and fellow soldiers.
Number of Pages: 383
Genre: Biography + Autobiography
Author: Jon Krakauer
Street Date: September 15, 2009
Item Number (DPCI): 059-01-2421
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