This is a book that brings truth, sometimes uncomfortable truth to the current conflict in Afganistan.
The best thing about the story is its realism. It is not attempting to glorify or condem, but to present an unvarnished reality. You as the reader then need to make your own assessment of why we are there. The book tells of a platoon of soldiers serving at the "pointy end of the spear" in Afganistan. It takes you thru their daily lives, how they survive from day to day, fight against bordom, the terror of combat, the brotherhood of soldiers.
The narrator was also the book author. He is defintely a writer. His naration is toward the wooden, but as you know he is also the author, his style is a part of the realism. I would best describe as being told a story, by a friend while sitting at a bar enjoying the evening. He is not trying to sway or convince, just tell his truth.
I was very moved by the story. I celebrated the platoons victories, I morned their losses, I better understand their lives
I read "The Perfect Storm" and " A Death in Belmont" prior to listening to "War". In fact, I've read "Storm" three times over the years. Junger's prose is straightforward and powerful. He lets the images and the stories speak for themselves and does not impart partisanship or rhetoric. In "War", he does not pass judgement on whether the war in Iraq is justified or not. He creates portraits of individual soldiers who form a life and death bond with one another. This is another one of Junger's workds that I will listen to again
Basically, if you like to hear about heroic struggles from WWII on the history channel, this book will make you realize that the intrepid spirit of overcoming adversity and overwhelming odds is still alive and well. This book takes the reader behind the propaganda and into the very real world of modern combat. WAR gives the perspective of the modern American soldier Without being too political by way of striking a perfect balance between being interesting and relevant. A MUST READ!!!
Was pretty good. The narrative felt a bit random, it was easy to lose track of the timeline. It may be particular to individual sensitivities but for me it wasn't as "raw" as I was led to believe. The philosophical overtone felt thrown on to add more weight to what was otherwise a fairly objective viewpoint. All in all still a good read and visit to the men on the fringes of the battlefield.
My nephew did a tour in Iraq and he thinks this book comes as close as any work can to describe the experience of modern warfare.
Like the movie that accompanies it, the immediacy of this book is both profound and profoundly challenging. Going into it and coming out of it I craved some meaning and global, political, and existential context. While in the story I forgot that desire though, and just listened, rapt, to a very well written, meticulously examined, usually inaccessible, passionately performed story of one moment in time.
Insightful, forceful, thought provoking. I listened to it three times in rapid succession. And, in my taste, Junger is a stellar narrator. This a "must read" for those who liked Junger's "War."
I marveled at his take on our broken political system and our contempt for each other. I agree with his observation that each political side represents two sides of the necessary whole, but that we focus on differences rather than unity.
I guess I should go get a loin cloth.