War by Sebastian Junger

War

bySebastian Junger

Kobo ebook | June 22, 2010

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They were collectively known as “The Rock.” For one year, in 2007-2008, Sebastian Junger accompanied 30 men—a single platoon—from the storied 2nd battalion of the U.S. Army as they fought their way through a remote valley in eastern Afghanistan.Over the course of five trips, Junger was in more firefights than he could count, as men he knew were killed or wounded and he himself was almost killed. His relationship with these soldiers grew so close that they considered him part of the platoon, and he enjoyed an access and a candidness that few, if any, journalists ever attain.

War is a narrative about combat: the fear of dying, the trauma of killing and the love between platoon-mates who would rather perish than let each other down. Gripping, honest and intense, War explores the neurological, psychological and social elements of combat, as well as the incredible bonds that form between these small groups of men. This is not a book about Afghanistan or the “War on Terror”; it is a book about all men, in all wars. Junger set out to answer what he thought of as the “hand-grenade question”: why would a man throw himself on a hand grenade to save other men he has known for probably only a few months? The answer is elusive but profound, going to the heart of what it means not just to be a soldier, but to be human.

Title:WarFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:June 22, 2010Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1443400734

ISBN - 13:9781443400732

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible! I can't believe he volunteered to write this piece but thankful he did. Brought back the tales and experiences from the lads and gives the reader an amazing look into life overseas.
Date published: 2017-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from War It has been some time since I read War and can't go into much detail about why I loved this book so much. I have read several non-fiction books on the war in Afghanistan and Iraq, but found War to have the most profound effect on me. I have a great amount of respect for men and women who serve their country. War has given me a new perspective and respect for those who put themselves in the same hot spots around the globe in order to tell the stories of those who serve. This was an excellent book that I would highly recommend.
Date published: 2014-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Addictive, riveting, thoughtful If you liked Junger's book The Perfect Storm, you'll love this one even more. In War he writes of his time as an embedded reporter in the remote Korengal Valley in eastern Afghanistan near the Pakistani border, arguably one of the, if not the most dangerous locations for the US military anywhere in the world. His descriptions of life and death, and his insights into soldiering on the front lines far from the rear echelons are riveting, addictive, thought provoking. If you want to read what the war is really like in small squads on the ground, this is the book for you.
Date published: 2011-04-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not too shabby A good book written from a third party perspective that tries to remain bias free. Details the year+ that journalist Sebastian Junger spent with a platoon in the war of Afghanistan. I have read quite a few books on the subject now, and this doesn't really provide a whole lot of new information on the subject but deals more or less with how the members of the battalion he's with dealt with the stress and pressures of the war, and the mental and physical strains of dealing with it as well as life after it. Not a very long read but an enjoyable one nonetheless.
Date published: 2010-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fact and Fiction Meet in Two Different Books. It is interesting to read Junger's" War" and then read Mariantes "Matterhorn: A novel of Vietnam". One book is written by an embedded reporter, Junger, reporting on the feel of Afghanistan and Mariantes wrote a novel about the war in Vietnam. We gain a true insight into how a soldier in any war can proceed with bullets flying around them. Each and every soldier does not fight the battle for a cause but rather for the guy next to him in the trench. It is an honour that will cause a soldier to take one for the guys. Both authors bring this fact to the front and give you a great feel of boots on the ground with minute images of realism. Both novels hit the nail on the head. I would recommend reading both books.
Date published: 2010-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rivetting account of modern warfare... You have to hand it to Mr. Junger - he has a lot of moxy to go forward with the most combat experienced American troops in Afghanistan and spend patrol after patrol with them. He certainly risked his own life several times whilst doing so and, by witnessing these skirmishes, he was able to gain insights to the psychology of modern soldiers that most writers would never achieve. A thoroughly addictive read - you will quickly become attached to all of the personalities in the book and Junger's use of detail allows you to understand their problems and challenges without getting bogged down in minutae. Highly recommended for anyone that enjoys reading true story accounts - especially those dealing with warfare.
Date published: 2010-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best reads on the subject, to date! As an avid follower of the Afghan conflict I've read multiple books on the subject, and was thoroughly impressed by Junger's approach to the topic. He provides insightful commentary from a new angle: the experiences of the soliders themselves. Other authors have tried to master this approach before (Christie Blatchford comes close!) but none pull it off quite like Junger. His commentary is riveting, raw and importantly real. The experiences described by Junger very much coincide with what I have heard from my friends that served in Afghanistan as members of the Canadian Forces. Simply, if you're interested in the Afghan conflict, you must read Junger. (I'm a Masters student writing my thesis on Canada's participation in Afghanistan and even quoted Junger in my paper! It is THAT good.)
Date published: 2010-08-16