I just finished my 27th book of all time, and have proudly added it to my comprehensive list (below).The book was amazing, thrilling, captivating, and addicting. To be honest, I was skeptical about the subject matter at first. I am not really into football and I didn't really care to read a book about some meat-head jock who went to the Middle East and strangled a bunch of towelheads with his bare hands all in the name of GW Bush. Not the case. If you are worried about that you can lay your fears comfortably aside. Pat Tillman, by Krakauers account, was an anomaly. A ferocious and violent football player, and voracious reader of classic books, a wildly captivating and intelligent conversationalist, and a fearless gladiator. He respected all people that deserved respect, and intensely followed orders given to him by his "senior" officers who were often several years younger than he.
He died a stupid and careless death in the middle of a stupid and careless war and was utterly humiliated and publicly disrespected in his death. In my opinion, no worse thing could have happened to him. This book, and it's amazing insight into the behind-the-scenes US Military cover up and perception twist campaigns only confirms and furthers my thoughts about war and government and politics.
Krakauer aptly quotes one of Tillman's fellow Army Rangers (now retired) in the book:
From the moment you first join the Ranger Battalion it's ingrained in you that you will always do the right thing. They're not like "Please do the right thing." It's "We will fucking crush you if you don't do the right thing." You will adhere to every standard. You will always tell the truth. If you fuck up once, you're out on your ass. Then you see something like what they're doing to Pat - what officers in the Rangers are doing - and you stop being so naive. The only two times where I personally was in a position to see where the Army had the choice to do the right thing or the wrong thing, both times they chose to do the wrong thing. One of those times was what they did to Pat. It made me realized that the Army does what suits the Army. That's why I won't put that uniform back on. I'm done.
Well done once again, Mr. Krakauer. You have now stepped easily into the role of my favorite author, and I am sure you will not disappoint. Looking forward to your next endeavor.
Next up (depending on how entertaining it is): This Wheel's On Fire by the legendary Band drummer, and quite possibly coolest old man ever, Levon Helm.
- Superman: Doomsday & Beyond – Louise Simonson
- The Illustrated Man – Ray Bradbury
- The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
- Wild at Heart – John Eldredge
- Waking the Dead – John Eldredge
- Dangerous Wonder – Michael Yacconelli
- Messy Spirituality – Michael Yacconelli
- Run Like an Antelope: On The Road With Phish – Sean Gibbon
- The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway
- Into Thin Air – Jon Krakauer
- Blue Like Jazz – Donald Miller
- Through Painted Deserts – Donald Miller
- Searching For God Knows What – Donald Miller
- Velvet Elvis – Rob Bell
- Rich Dad Poor Dad – Robert Kyosaki
- What Jesus Meant – Gary Wills
- No Shortcuts to the Top – Ed Viesturs
- Into The Wild – Jon Krakauer
- To Own a Dragon – Donald Miller
- No Compromise: The Life Story of Keith Green – Melody Green
- Eiger Dreams: Ventures Among Men & Mountains – Jon Krakauer
- Under The Banner of Heaver – Jon Krakauer
- Three Men in a Boat – Jerome K. Jerome
- Born on a Blue Day – Daniel Tammet
- The Survivors Club – Ben Sherwood
- The Road – Cormac McCarthy
- Where Men Win Glory - Jon Krakauer