Saturday, July 7, 2012

Getting a whole new prespective

July 2012 Non-Business Book Review

Where Men Win Glory
I’m taking a departure from the typical reviews I post on business, research and marketing books.  After reading about Pat Tillman and his background, I hold him in the highest regard as a true “fightin’ analyst.”  He was extremely intelligent and worked hard to do what he felt was right.  The last book I read by Krakauer was Into Thin Air many years ago; an excellent book in its own right.  Krakauer does a great job of telling Pat’s life story and how it intertwined with his inevitable fate of service in Afghanistan.  It’s definitely a tragic story, but what you learn about Pat is incredible and reveals why he was deservedly admired.  I would definitely not characterize this as a “light read.”
Here are a few of the better quotes and passages I came across:
“He liked defying expectations”
A quote from Pat: “I think you’ve got to get out of your comfort zone.  If you’re kind of comfortable all the time – it’s like if you’re skiing and you’re not falling, you’re not trying.”
“he enjoyed collecting his thoughts and taking in the expansive view.  The world below was put into perspective. The lofty vantage calmed his mind.”
“he felt like he needed to continually challenge himself, physically and mentally, to stay sharp.  He’d been doing it his whole life, and believed it’s what had gotten him to where he was.”

The Fightin' Analyst Book Rating:

out of five stars