Where Men Win Glory

Where Men Win Glory
Author: Jon Krakauer
Publsiher: Atlantic Books Ltd
Total Pages: 300
Release: 2010-01-01
ISBN: 1848874839
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Where Men Win Glory Book Excerpt:

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

Summary of Jon Krakauer s Where Men Win Glory
Author: Everest Media,
Publsiher: Everest Media LLC
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2022-05-15T22:59:00Z
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Summary of Jon Krakauer s Where Men Win Glory Book Excerpt:

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.

Where Men Win Glory

Where Men Win Glory
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2010
ISBN: 9781448744992
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Where Men Win Glory Book Excerpt:

Like the men whose epic stories Jon Krakauer has told in his previous bestsellers, Pat Tillman was an irrepressible individualist and iconoclast. In May 2002, Tillman walked away from his $3.6 million NFL contract to enlist in the United States Army. He was deeply troubled by 9/11, and he felt a strong moral obligation to join the fight against al-Qaeda and the Taliban. Two years later, he died on a desolate hillside in southeastern Afghanistan. Though obvious to most of the two dozen soldiers on the scene that a ranger in Tillman?s own platoon had fired the fatal shots, the Army aggressively maneuvered to keep this information from Tillman?s wife, other family members, and the American public for five weeks following his death. During this time, President Bush repeatedly invoked Tillman?s name to promote his administration?s foreign policy. Long after Tillman?s nationally televised memorial service, the Army grudgingly notified his closest relatives that he had ?probably? been killed by friendly fire while it continued to dissemble about the details of his death and who was responsible.In Where Men Win Glory, Jon Krakauer draws on Tillman?s journals and letters, interviews with his wife and friends, conversations with the soldiers who served alongside him, and extensive research on the ground in Afghanistan to render an intricate mosaic of this driven, complex, and uncommonly compelling figure as well as the definitive account of the events and actions that led to his death. Before he enlisted in the army, Tillman was familiar to sports aficionados as an undersized, overachieving Arizona Cardinals safety whose virtuosity in the defensive backfield was spellbinding. With his shoulder-length hair, outspoken views, and boundless intellectual curiosity, Tillman was considered a maverick. America was fascinated when he traded the bright lights and riches of the NFL for boot camp and a buzz cut. Sent first to Iraq?a war he would openly declare was ?illegal as hell? ?and eventually to Afghanistan, Tillman was driven by complicated, emotionally charged, sometimes contradictory notions of duty, honor, justice, patriotism, and masculine pride, and he was determined to serve his entire three-year commitment. But on April 22, 2004, his life would end in a barrage of bullets fired by his fellow soldiers. Krakauer chronicles Tillman?s riveting, tragic odyssey in engrossing detail highlighting his remarkable character and personality while closely examining the murky, heartbreaking circumstances of his death. 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.

G I Messiahs

G I  Messiahs
Author: Jonathan H. Ebel
Publsiher: Yale University Press
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2015-11-24
ISBN: 0300216351
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

G I Messiahs Book Excerpt:

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.

Pat Tillman a Hero of War

Pat Tillman   a Hero of War
Author: Philip Martin McCaulay
Publsiher: Lulu.com
Total Pages: 58
Release: 2010-01
ISBN: 0557198720
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Pat Tillman a Hero of War Book Excerpt:

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.

Heroes Saviours Traitors and Supermen TEXT ONLY

Heroes  Saviours  Traitors and Supermen  TEXT ONLY
Author: Lucy Hughes-Hallett
Publsiher: HarperCollins UK
Total Pages: 624
Release: 2013-01-17
ISBN: 0007404670
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Heroes Saviours Traitors and Supermen TEXT ONLY Book Excerpt:

From the author of ‘The Pike’ – winner of the 2013 Samuel Johnson prize for non-fiction – a compelling story of heroism told through eight famous lives that span from Achilles to Sir Francis Drake.

Into the Wild

Into the Wild
Author: Jon Krakauer
Publsiher: Pan Macmillan
Total Pages: 282
Release: 2018-07-12
ISBN: 1529011906
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Into the Wild Book Excerpt:

With an introduction by novelist David Vann In April 1992, Chris McCandless set off alone into the Alaskan wild. He had given his savings to charity, abandoned his car and his possessions, and burnt the money in his wallet, determined to live a life of independence. Just four months later, Chris was found dead. An SOS note was taped to his makeshift home, an abandoned bus. In piecing together the final travels of this extraordinary young man's life, Jon Krakauer writes about the heart of the wilderness, its terribly beauty and its relentless harshness. Into the Wild is a modern classic of travel writing, and a riveting exploration of what drives some of us to risk more than we can afford to lose.

Into Thin Air

Into Thin Air
Author: Jon Krakauer
Publsiher: Anchor
Total Pages: 320
Release: 1998-11-12
ISBN: 0679462716
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Into Thin Air Book Excerpt:

#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER • "A harrowing tale of the perils of high-altitude climbing, a story of bad luck and worse judgment and of heartbreaking heroism." —PEOPLE A bank of clouds was assembling on the not-so-distant horizon, but journalist-mountaineer Jon Krakauer, standing on the summit of Mt. Everest, saw nothing that "suggested that a murderous storm was bearing down." He was wrong. The storm, which claimed five lives and left countless more--including Krakauer's--in guilt-ridden disarray, would also provide the impetus for Into Thin Air, Krakauer's epic account of the May 1996 disaster. By writing Into Thin Air, Krakauer may have hoped to exorcise some of his own demons and lay to rest some of the painful questions that still surround the event. He takes great pains to provide a balanced picture of the people and events he witnessed and gives due credit to the tireless and dedicated Sherpas. He also avoids blasting easy targets such as Sandy Pittman, the wealthy socialite who brought an espresso maker along on the expedition. Krakauer's highly personal inquiry into the catastrophe provides a great deal of insight into what went wrong. But for Krakauer himself, further interviews and investigations only lead him to the conclusion that his perceived failures were directly responsible for a fellow climber's death. Clearly, Krakauer remains haunted by the disaster, and although he relates a number of incidents in which he acted selflessly and even heroically, he seems unable to view those instances objectively. In the end, despite his evenhanded and even generous assessment of others' actions, he reserves a full measure of vitriol for himself. This updated trade paperback edition of Into Thin Air includes an extensive new postscript that sheds fascinating light on the acrimonious debate that flared between Krakauer and Everest guide Anatoli Boukreev in the wake of the tragedy. "I have no doubt that Boukreev's intentions were good on summit day," writes Krakauer in the postscript, dated August 1999. "What disturbs me, though, was Boukreev's refusal to acknowledge the possibility that he made even a single poor decision. Never did he indicate that perhaps it wasn't the best choice to climb without gas or go down ahead of his clients." As usual, Krakauer supports his points with dogged research and a good dose of humility. But rather than continue the heated discourse that has raged since Into Thin Air's denouncement of guide Boukreev, Krakauer's tone is conciliatory; he points most of his criticism at G. Weston De Walt, who coauthored The Climb, Boukreev's version of events. And in a touching conclusion, Krakauer recounts his last conversation with the late Boukreev, in which the two weathered climbers agreed to disagree about certain points. Krakauer had great hopes to patch things up with Boukreev, but the Russian later died in an avalanche on another Himalayan peak, Annapurna I. In 1999, Krakauer received an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters--a prestigious prize intended "to honor writers of exceptional accomplishment." According to the Academy's citation, "Krakauer combines the tenacity and courage of the finest tradition of investigative journalism with the stylish subtlety and profound insight of the born writer. His account of an ascent of Mount Everest has led to a general reevaluation of climbing and of the commercialization of what was once a romantic, solitary sport; while his account of the life and death of Christopher McCandless, who died of starvation after challenging the Alaskan wilderness, delves even more deeply and disturbingly into the fascination of nature and the devastating effects of its lure on a young and curious mind."

Eiger Dreams

Eiger Dreams
Author: Jon Krakauer
Publsiher: Pan Macmillan
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2012-07-12
ISBN: 0330527959
Category: Sports & Recreation
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Eiger Dreams Book Excerpt:

No one writes about mountaineering and its attendant victories and hardships more brilliantly than Jon Krakauer. In this collection of his finest essays and reporting, Krakauer writes of mountains from the memorable perspective of one who has himself struggled with solo madness to scale Alaska's notorious Devils Thumb. In Pakistan, the fearsome K2 kills thirteen of the world's most experienced mountain climbers in one horrific summer. In Valdez, Alaska, two men scale a frozen waterfall over a four-hundred-foot drop. In France, a hip international crowd of rock climbers, bungee jumpers, and paragliders figure out new ways to risk their lives on the towering peaks of Mont Blanc. Why do they do it? How do they do it? In this extraordinary book, Krakauer presents an unusual fraternity of daredevils, athletes, and misfits stretching the limits of the possible. From the paranoid confines of a snowbound tent, to the thunderous, suffocating terror of a white-out on Mount McKinley, Eiger Dreams spins tales of driven lives, sudden deaths, and incredible victories. This is a stirring, vivid book about one of the most compelling and dangerous of all human pursuits.

Disarmed

Disarmed
Author: Izzy Ezagui
Publsiher: Prometheus Books
Total Pages: 286
Release: 2018-03-20
ISBN: 1633884287
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Disarmed Book Excerpt:

The inspiring story of a young American who volunteered to fight in the Israel Defense Forces, lost his arm in combat, and then returned to the battlefield. Combining refreshing candor with self-deprecating wit, this inspiring memoir will encourage readers to live up to their aspirations despite seemingly impossible odds. On January 8, 2009, Izzy Ezagui--an American who had enlisted in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) at nineteen--lost his arm in a mortar attack on the border of the Gaza Strip. In this stirring and wryly humorous memoir, Izzy recounts his tortuous trek through rehabilitation to re-enlistment as a squad commander in the IDF. He became the world's only one-armed Special Forces sharpshooter. This isn't a typical war chronicle, full of macho bluster and the usual hero tropes. Izzy wrote this book with his fellow millennials in mind--not necessarily those with military ambitions, but everyone facing life's daily battles. His message is universal: if a self-described "nerd" and "one-armed basket case" like him can accomplish what he set his mind to, then anyone can become a hero in his or her own life. Growing up in a religious household in Miami, Izzy's early life was plagued by self-doubt, family drama, and (far too few) girl troubles. His search for direction eventually led him to that explosion on the Gaza border, changing his life forever. In the midst of disaster, Izzy discovered a deep well at his core, from which he could draw strength. Through his motivational speeches across the world, and now through this book, he encourages people to seek their own power, and to face whatever adversity life throws at them.

Classic Krakauer

Classic Krakauer
Author: Jon Krakauer
Publsiher: Anchor
Total Pages: 160
Release: 2018-02-27
ISBN: 0525562737
Category: Sports & Recreation
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Classic Krakauer Book Excerpt:

Spanning an extraordinary range of subjects and locations, these ten gripping essays show why Jon Krakauer is considered a standard-bearer of modern journalism. His pieces take us from a horrifying avalanche on Mount Everest to a volcano poised to obliterate a big chunk of Seattle; from a wilderness teen-therapy program run by apparent sadists to an otherworldly cave in New Mexico, studied by NASA to better understand Mars; from the notebook of one Fred Beckey, who catalogued the greatest unclimbed mountaineering routes on the planet, to the last days of legendary surfer Mark Foo. Bringing together work originally published in such magazines as The New Yorker, Outside, and Smithsonian—all rigorously researched, vividly written, and marked by an unerring instinct for storytelling and scoop—Classic Krakauer powerfully demonstrates the author’s ambivalent love affair with unruly landscapes and his relentless search for truth.

Epos

Epos
Author: Michael Lynn-George
Publsiher: Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire : Macmillan
Total Pages: 302
Release: 1988
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Achille (Mythologie grecque) dans la littérature
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Epos Book Excerpt:

Human Virtue and Human Excellence

Human Virtue and Human Excellence
Author: Arthur W. H. Adkins,Joan Kalk Lowrence,Craig K. Ihara
Publsiher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated
Total Pages: 303
Release: 1991
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Philosophy
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Human Virtue and Human Excellence Book Excerpt:

This is an original and stimulating collection of articles by scholars trained in classics, moral philosophy, political science, literature, and intellectual history. Its principal objective is to convey to the modern reader a sophisticated understanding of Homeric and Classical Greek morality and how it differs from our own. Some of the articles focus primarily on Greek value concepts, especially the concept of arete. Others compare those concepts to modern notions of virtue and tolerance, as well as to the work of contemporary literary figures and philosophers, including T.S. Eliot, Alasdair Macintyre, John Wallace, and Philippa Foot. Throughout, the juxtaposition of ancient and modern ideas and the worldviews they presuppose makes these readings both intellectually exciting and revealing.

The Quiet Athenian

The Quiet Athenian
Author: L. B. Carter
Publsiher: Oxford University Press, USA
Total Pages: 211
Release: 1986
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Athens (Greece)
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Quiet Athenian Book Excerpt:

Like its modern counterparts, Athenian democracy strove to be an assembly of all its citizens. But as is the case with modern democratic states, it often fell far short of this goal. This enlightening work focuses on a previously unexplored strata of Athenian society: the apolitical citizens. The author begins with a review of the traditional drives to honor and fame which gave impetus to ancient Athenian political life and then goes on to analyze the diverse motives of those who chose to abstain from participating in the democratic process. Dr. Carter's discussion takes full account of the demographic factors involved and sheds light on the economic, geographic, and cultural background of these apolitical Athenians.

Under the Banner of Heaven

Under the Banner of Heaven
Author: Jon Krakauer
Publsiher: Anchor
Total Pages: 432
Release: 2004-06-08
ISBN: 1400078997
Category: True Crime
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Under the Banner of Heaven Book Excerpt:

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • From the author of Into the Wild and Into Thin Air, this extraordinary work of investigative journalism takes readers inside America’s isolated Mormon Fundamentalist communities. Defying both civil authorities and the Mormon establishment in Salt Lake City, the renegade leaders of these Taliban-like theocracies are zealots who answer only to God; some 40,000 people still practice polygamy in these communities. At the core of Krakauer’s book are brothers Ron and Dan Lafferty, who insist they received a commandment from God to kill a blameless woman and her baby girl. Beginning with a meticulously researched account of this appalling double murder, Krakauer constructs a multi-layered, bone-chilling narrative of messianic delusion, polygamy, savage violence, and unyielding faith. Along the way he uncovers a shadowy offshoot of America’s fastest growing religion, and raises provocative questions about the nature of religious belief.

No True Glory

No True Glory
Author: Francis J. West,Bing West
Publsiher: Bantam
Total Pages: 380
Release: 2005
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

No True Glory Book Excerpt:

Looks at the events, personalities, and political maneuvering of the struggle to establish peace in Fallujah, following strategy discussions between military officers, dangerous night patrols with the U.S. Marines, and peace negotiations.

Position and the Nature of Personhood

Position and the Nature of Personhood
Author: Larry Cochran
Publsiher: Praeger
Total Pages: 191
Release: 1985
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Psychology
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Position and the Nature of Personhood Book Excerpt:

Into Thin Air

Into Thin Air
Author: Jon Krakauer
Publsiher: Pan Macmillan
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2011-07-06
ISBN: 0330470027
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Into Thin Air Book Excerpt:

Jon Krakauer's Into Thin Air is the true story of a 24-hour period on Everest, when members of three separate expeditions were caught in a storm and faced a battle against hurricane-force winds, exposure, and the effects of altitude, which ended in the worst single-season death toll in the peak's history. In March 1996, Outside magazine sent veteran journalist and seasoned climber Jon Krakauer on an expedition led by celebrated Everest guide Rob Hall. Despite the expertise of Hall and the other leaders, by the end of summit day, eight people were dead. Krakauer's book is at once the story of the ill-fated adventure and an analysis of the factors leading up to its tragic end. Written within months of the events it chronicles, Into Thin Air clearly evokes the majestic Everest landscape. As the journey up the mountain progresses, Krakauer puts it in context by recalling the triumphs and perils of other Everest trips throughout history. The author's own anguish over what happened on the mountain is palpable as he leads readers to ponder timeless questions. One of the inspirations for the major motion picture Everest, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Keira Knightley. 'Into Thin Air ranks among the great adventure books of all time.' - Wall Street Journal 'A harrowing tale of the perils of high-altitude climbing, a story of bad luck and worse judgment and of heartbreaking heroism.' - People

The Signalman s Journal

The Signalman s Journal
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 1950
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Labor unions
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Signalman s Journal Book Excerpt:

Eiger Dreams

Eiger Dreams
Author: Jon Krakauer
Publsiher: Anchor
Total Pages: 186
Release: 1997
ISBN: 9780385488181
Category: Travel
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Eiger Dreams Book Excerpt:

Explores the adventure and risks that compel climbers to face the challenges of such peaks as Denali, K2, Everest, and the Eiger