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War

bySebastian Junger

Paperback | May 17, 2011

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Over fifteen months, Sebastian Junger followed a singleplatoon based at a remote outpost in eastern Afghanistan.His objective was both simple and ambitious: to conveywhat soldiers experience—what war actually feels like.

In these pages, he gives insight into the truths of combat:the fear, the honour and the trust among men. He describesthings that few civilians will ever witness or go through—theendless, body-numbing anticipation of battle; the adrenaline-fueledconfusion of being ambushed; the unquestioned andautomatic risks soldiers take in combat situations to protecttheir brothers. Junger shows what it means to fight, to serveand to face down mortal danger on a constant basis.

Throughout, War illuminates the lives of the men whofight for us—how they live; what they see and learn and feel.Junger draws on biology, psychology and military history to explainthe decisions soldiers make and to put their ordeals intocontext. In the vivid prose for which he has become known,he relates the physical toil, the suffocating heat, the sounds ofgunfire and the agony of loss.

Sebastian Junger is theNew York Timesbestselling author ofThe Perfect Storm,A Death in BelmontandFire. He is a contributing editor toVanity Fair, and has been awarded a National Magazine Award and an SAIS Novartis Prize for journalism. He lives in New York City.
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Title:WarFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.75 inPublished:May 17, 2011Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1554685559

ISBN - 13:9781554685554

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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