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Jon Krakauer Criticizes Gen. Stanley McChrystal

jon23.jpgOn Meet the Press this weekend, author Jon Krakauer made headlines for criticizing the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan for the role he played after the death of football star and soldier, Pat Tillman.

During the show, Krakauer (pictured, via) debates why Gen. Stanley McChrystal helped give a “fraudulent” medal to Tillman after the star died in a friendly-fire incident. In the video, the author watches a clip of the General explaining why he gave the medal to the football star–an event that Krakauer studies in his new book, “Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman.”

Here’s more from the article: “He, he just said now he didn’t read this hugely important document about the most famous soldier in the military. He didn’t read it carefully enough to notice that it talked about enemy fire instead of friendly fire? That’s preposterous. That, that’s not believable.” (Via Huffington Post)

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Author Jon Krakauer on His Long-Delayed Book

tillman23.gifDan Brown isn’t the only Doubleday author with a book coming out this week. In a candid interview at The Daily Beast, Jon Krakauer talks about his struggles while writing his new book, “Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman.”

The interview explores Krakauer’s journey to finish this long-delayed book Pat Tillman, the football star killed while fighting in Afghanistan. Krakauer–who also wrote “Into the Wild” and “Under the Banner of Heaven”–praises Tillman’s “powerful” writing and addresses conspiracy theories about the football star’s death.

Here’s an inside look at writing “Into the Wild,” from the interview: “I was more full of myself then, more intent on trying to be a stylish writer. Now, my writing is less slick. There’s just something about being young and full of yourself and trying so hard–I’m embarrassed by that, but also nostalgic for it. That was the only time in my life when I would wake up in the morning and be looking forward to writing. I never felt that way before, or since. I doubt I ever will again.”

Dan Brown and Publishing’s “DBDay”

the_lost_symbol-1.jpgWith 6.5 million copies of Dan Brown‘s “The Lost Symbol” coming out on September 15, publishing folks are looking towards what some call “DBDay” with a mixture of anticipation and fear.

Former Publishers Weekly editor Sara Nelson interviewed a number of publishing types for The Daily Beast, giving an inside glimpse at expectations for the novel. Thriller author Joseph Finder worried that the book will influence his sales, and Nelson projected that other writers “prefer to scuttle like cockroaches” than face Brown’s book on the bestseller list.

Here’s an excerpt from the essay: “[I]f I were ‘Into the Wild’ author Jon Krakauer, whose long-awaited book about Pat Tillman, ‘Where Men Win Glory,’ is slated for the same pub date, I might be a little anxious about the fact that my publisher Doubleday has been so preoccupied with their ‘star project’ that at least one wag has already dubbed them DBDay. Still, publishers insist, there is plenty of in-house marketing muscle to go around.”

Another “Unexpected” Publishing Success Story

The New York Times’ Motoko Rich reports on the bestseller status of former Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell‘s LONE SURVIVOR, a dramatic memoir of his time in Afghanistan. Luttrell’s book, with 275,000 copies in print, describes how was the only one of four men on the mission to survive after a violent clash with dozens of Taliban fighters. Eight members of the Seals and eight Army special operations soldiers who came by helicopter to rescue the original four were shot down, and all aboard were killed.

So no wonder the book (which was co-authored with Patrick Robinson and bought by Little, Brown in an auction for a seven-figure advance) been doing well, but the surprise is that so far, LONE SURVIVOR has outsold books about Pat Tillman or Jessica Lynch, and that it’s crawled up to the top of the NYT Bestseller list. Less surprising is how this happened: strong support from military blogs and right-wing pundits like Michelle Malkin as well as appearances with Matt Lauer on the TODAY Show with Glenn Beck on the radio and on CNN Headline News. But the media exposure helped regular readers like to find, and then buy, the book. “It’s obvious that there are some people reading it who aren’t traditional military readers,” said Mary McCarthy, director of merchandising at wholesaler Ingram Book Group.

Luttrell said that his main goal was to tell the story of his comrades who did not make it out alive. “Now I think the American public knows who they are, and now they are forever immortalized,” said Luttrell, who added that he has set up a trust with all the proceeds from the book to help the families of the dead and to donate to military charities. “Their memory will never die out, and that’s what I wanted.”