Sun Angel

The word “hero” is too often bandied about, but when distinguished author Jon Krakauer (Into the Wild, Into Thin Air) writes a book about Pat Tillman and refers to him as a war hero, one takes notice. In Krakauer’s new book, Where Men Win Glory, the author draws on the late ASU and Arizona Cardinals player’s journals and letters, as well as interviews with Tillman’s wife and friends, to piece together the details of a story that was deliberately kept from Americans by our government: that Tillman’s death on a desolate hillside in southeastern Afghanistan came as a result of “friendly fire” by his own comrades. Krakauer spares no detail about Tillman, a complicated young do-gooder who walked away from a multi-million dollar pro-football contract to enlist in the Army after the September 11 attacks.

The author will read from his new book and discuss Tillman’s life at a benefit for the Pat Tillman Foundation.

Sat., Oct. 3, 6 p.m., 2009
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Robrt L. Pela has been a weekly contributor to Phoenix New Times since 1991, primarily as a cultural critic. His radio essays air on National Public Radio affiliate KJZZ's Morning Edition.
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