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!!!
After listening to the book I watched Restrepo the documentary film based on the book. Then I listened to the book again and enjoyed it even more!
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.
It's honesty and Junger's willingness to get close to his subjects.
I can't think of another book like this which makes it so important.
Being the author and narrator, there was no confusing what the author's intended inflections were.
Every passage was incredibly moving. I found myself bookmarking a whole lot and truly savouring Junger's words.
Getting enlightened about what it is really like to be there
That most of them got out alive
Devastating the lives of those who serve and for those who defend their homeland .
Give peace a chance . Get them out of there . Don't send any more . Please !!
Yes. As a reminder of how lucky I am to have the life I have. To remeber and be grateful for all who are making sacraficies so my family can have the lifestyle we have.
The authors ability of putting you in the shoes of the men on their 15 month deployment. The effects war has on a persons mind. The guilt I feel for complaining about the little problems of daily life. This is a real look into war. No glamour, just reality.
Probably not, just because I don't usually re-listen or re-read a book.
When Doc Restrepo died.
I did listen to more of this one than I usually do at one time.
This will give you an idea of the crazy situation US soldiers face in Afghanistan, told by the author who spent 5 months embedded with a single Army company. You will hear how desperate their lives can be and how the war is being fought on several fronts with very equivocal results. There is not a lot of discussion of the bigger geopolitical situation; you see a company and the soldiers in it fight day to day in a strategic Afghan valley, where death can strike at any time. I highly recommend this book if you want to better understand this war, as well as what war in general does to people who fight.