Where Men Win Glory

Author: Jon Krakauer

Publisher: Atlantic Books Ltd

ISBN: 1848874839

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 300

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Pat Tillman was well-known to American sports fans: a chisel-jawed and talented young professional football star, he was on the brink of signing a million dollar contract when, in 2001, al-Qaeda launched terrorist attacks against his country. Driven by deeply felt moral patriotism, he walked away from fame and money to enlist in the United States Special Operations Forces. A year later he was killed - apparently in the line of fire - on a desolate hillside near the Pakistan border in Afghanistan. News of Tillman's death shocked America. But even as the public mourned his loss, the US Army aggressively maneuvered to conceal the truth: that it was a ranger in Tillman's own platoon who had fired the fatal shots. In Where Men Win Glory, Jon Krakauer reveals how an entire country was deliberately deceived by those at the very highest levels of the US army and government. Infused with the power and authenticity readers have come to expect from Krakauer's storytelling, Where Men Win Glory exposes shattering truths about men and war.

Summary of Jon Krakauer's Where Men Win Glory

Author: Everest Media,

Publisher: Everest Media LLC

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: N.A

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Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Sample Book Insights: #1 The life force is not a divine spark, but something that makes those who have it fully human. It is the foundation of eros, and it makes people think more intensely, see more, and feel more. #2 When Pat Tillman was eleven years old, he joined the all-star team in his town, and it was here that he first learned about his extraordinary athletic ability. He soon decided to quit baseball and focus on football, even though he had only played football for a year. #3 In the town of Fremont, near Oakland, California, is where Pat Tillman was born. He was a star linebacker for the Leland football team, and eventually a member of the National Football League. #4 Afghanistan’s relationship with the Soviets began under the leadership of Prime Minister Mohammed Daoud Khan, a Pashtun with fleshy jowls and a shaved head, who was appointed in 1953 by his cousin and brother-in-law, King Mohammed Zahir Shah.

Fallen Stars

Author: Carson Cunningham

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

ISBN: 1623495601

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 268

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In the spring of 2002, motivated by the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, National Football League stalwart Patrick Daniel Tillman turned down a multimillion-dollar contract to join the US Army. Two years later, he died while serving his country in the mountains of Afghanistan. In the process, he became an American icon. Inspired by Pat Tillman’s story, Fallen Stars captures the lives and times of Tillman (1976–2004) and four other war-hero American athletes: Hamilton “Ham” Fish (1873–98), Hobart “Hobey” Baker (1892–1918), Nile Kinnick (1918–43), and James Robert "Bob" Kalsu (1945–70), all of whom died while serving in the US military. Why a focus on fallen war-hero athletes, and why these five? Because here we have over a century’s worth of men who faced the fears and uncertainties that come with life and made the ultimate sacrifice. Their stories give us a kaleidoscopic picture of America over the course of more than one hundred years, and through them we can explore the wars America has participated in, the values that Americans have celebrated, and what it has meant, over time, to be an American hero.

G.I. Messiahs

Author: Jonathan H. Ebel

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300216351

Category: History

Page: 256

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Jonathan Ebel has long been interested in how religion helps individuals and communities render meaningful the traumatic experiences of violence and war. In this new work, he examines cases from the Great War to the present day and argues that our notions of what it means to be an American soldier are not just strongly religious, but strongly Christian. Drawing on a vast array of sources, he further reveals the effects of soldier veneration on the men and women so often cast as heroes. Imagined as the embodiments of American ideals, described as redeemers of the nation, adored as the ones willing to suffer and die that we, the nation, may live—soldiers have often lived in subtle but significant tension with civil religious expectations of them. With chapters on prominent soldiers past and present, Ebel recovers and re-narrates the stories of the common American men and women that live and die at both the center and edges of public consciousness.

War and Literature: Looking Back on 20th Century Armed Conflicts

Author: Tom Burns,Elcio Cornelsen,Volker Jaeckel,Luiz Gustavo Vieira

Publisher: ibidem-Verlag / ibidem Press

ISBN: 383826617X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 266

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This comprehensive volume analyzes the radical change in the nature of armed conflicts and in the way they are narrated and represented. Ever since the First World War has changed war itself, rendering meaningless the very vocabulary of war in terms such as "battle", "front", "non-combatant", "open city" and "hero", new words, new approaches, new theories and new texts had to be invented. The enemy became invisible: Submarines, tanks, mines, gas, long-range artillery, and airplanes made this war different from all the other that came before. A hundred years after the beginning of this terrible war, it is now time to recall different representations of the armed conflicts of the 20th century. The articles in this collection analyze representations of the Canudos Civil War in Brazil, the First World War, the Second World War, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the colonial wars in Africa, and the war in Afghanistan, aiming to understand how war and the telling of war have changed during the most murderous hundred years in the history of mankind.

Pat Tillman - a Hero of War

Author: Philip Martin McCaulay

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 0557198720

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 58

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Patrick Daniel Tillman (November 6, 1976 - April 22, 2004) was an American football player who left his professional sports career and enlisted in the United States Army in 2002 in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks. He joined the United States Army Rangers and served multiple tours in combat before he was killed by friendly fire in the mountains of Afghanistan. Details about the circumstances surrounding his death have been the subject of controversy and military investigations. Pat's family and friends started the Pat Tillman Foundation to carry forward his legacy by giving students the tools and support to reach their fullest potential as leaders, no matter how they choose to serve. This publication includes a summary of his career in college, pro football, and the military; his tragic death and the subsequent investigation; and his legacy.

Virtue and Knowledge

Author: William J. Prior

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1315522039

Category: Philosophy

Page: 254

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Originally published in 1991, this book focuses on the concept of virtue, and in particular on the virtue of wisdom or knowledge, as it is found in the epic poems of Homer, some tragedies of Sophocles, selected writings of Plato, Aristotle, and the Stoic and Epicurean philosophers. The key questions discussed are the nature of the virtues, their relation to each other, and the relation between the virtues and happiness or well-being. This book provides the background and interpretative framework to make classical works on Ethics, such as Plato’s Republic and Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, accessible to readers with no training in the classics.

From War To Peace

Author: Janine Chanteur

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0429719221

Category: Political Science

Page: N.A

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