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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Book Championship Series: Where Men Win Glory - The Odyssey of Pat Tillman by Jon Krakauer

What a perfect day for the next installment of the BCS.  As so many people are focusing on high school athletes transitioning into college student athletes it just makes sense to focus on books.  This book, "Where Men Win Glory" by Jon Krakauer, is not just a book about football, a one of a kind player patriotically sacrificing everything for his country, or the American "War on Terror", it's terrific.  I've read some of Krakauer's other books and really liked them but I just could not put this one down.  

Krakauer is able to blend the stories of Pat Tillman's coming of age with the rise of Al-Queda as he jumps back and forth throughout.  When I set out to read this book, I anticipated it mostly covering  Tillman's time in the NFL and his decision to join the Army rather than cashing in on his multi-million dollar contract offers.  That was far from the focus of this book as it dealt primarily with uncovering what shaped such a courageous self-thinker like Tillman along with how political unrest and upheaval in Afghanistan led to the unstable environment there today.  I was fascinated to read about just how much of a mess Afghanistan really is and what made it that way.  It's impossible to come away from this book without feeling like Pat Tillman is every bit the hero we all hope that our Armed Forces are filled with.

Where Men Win Glory is a terrific book that is heart breaking, enlightening, inspiring all at the same time.  It's one of the best books that I've read in a long time and strongly encourage you to pick it up because I guarantee that you won't be able to put it down.

The question for the BCS now is, what do I read next?  I've got a few choices here including Scorecasting by Moskowitz and Wertheim, The Secret Agent by Conrad, Storm of Steel by Junger, and The GM by Callahan.  Any thoughts on what I should read next?

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