Where Men Win Glory, Jon Krakauer

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Glory. It is an honor that all men, even if they are not aware, strive for. The definition of “glory” is different for everyone. To one, “glory” might mean graduating medical school; to another, it could mean taking center stage in a play as the applause surrounds her. To Pat Tillman, glory was not defined as a multimillion dollar NFL contract or millions of adoring fans. It meant following his upright inner voice and fulfilling his civil obligations. In Where Men Win Glory by Jon Krakauer, Tillman rejects a successful football career to join the Army after being deeply disturbed by the September 11, 2011, terrorist attack. I never thought a book with so much war and politics could be so heart-wrenching. Although I did not like the political aspects of the book, I was moved by the story. John Krakauer’s writing style, however, made me have my ups and downs throughout the book. Regardless of the negative details, I love this book. I have never felt more connected to a book assigned as a school assignment.

I am not the kind of person that likes lies, double motives, and violence, so naturally, I do not politics and war. Obviously with the storyline’s setting taking place in Afghanistan, war and politics would be inevitable. During the exposition of the story when the background and history of the war was revealed, I felt so bored. Then towards the end, the deceiving actions taken by the U.S. Government and Army made me immensely ashamed. The particular fact that the military and government hid and twisted that Pat Tillman was killed because of friendly fire made me feel angry and disappointed. Despite my strong feelings against war and politics, I am aware that this is a book about a hero’s time in Afghanistan, so I am able to overlook those aspects.

Although not much could change my reaction when reading about war and politics, if Krakauer’s writing style was different, I would not have been as turned off. Krakauer has a straight-to-the-point, concrete writing style. I tend to favor abstract writing with a great deal of figurative language. I had a hard time finding trope, but My favorite simile in the book is on page 96. It said, “Like a super villain in a Marvel comic book, he seemed to be endowed with the ability to absorb the mightiest blows his enemy could deliver, draw energy from them, and become more powerful as a consequence.” This quote is comparing Osama bin Laden to a villain in a comic book because it seemed like no matter what attempts the U.S. made to take him down, he always came back stronger. If there had been more similes like this, the book would’ve been better. Also, Krakauer’s excessive use of acronyms left me feeling frustratingly confused. Nevertheless,...

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