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.
IT is told from a point of view that only few will ever see.
I was impressed by the professionalism of the author and the care he seemed to have taken to both protect and tell the stories fo the men.
It was refreshing to hear what he thought felt and experienced, He seemed honest in elplaining his bias and why
WAR the down and dirty you will not see on TV News.
THis book is not about the War it is about the Soldiers that have to fight the war. I highly encourage people who want to understand what it is like to go though that experience to read or listen to this book. I am a Veteran and I can relate to much of the emotions the men went through, although in a much suttler way. THESE MEN experienced pure hell, In the Two years I have spent in Iraq, exect for being mortored, I have only been engaged half a dozen times. I cannot imagine what it must have been like to go through that daily...THis book does a good job explaining it.
I was fortunate enough to hear the author as a guest speaker at a dinner event. I purchased the book out of curiosity, but what a great book of one's man first hand observation of daily battles in Afghanistan. The author's insight on the culture of the land and the culture of the American's who defend our freedom and the freedom of others.
The author himself, how he was driven to keep writing under such dangerous circumstances to bring the stories and accounts of what takes place in a real battle.
When the author was actually shot at and the bullets started to whiz by him.
I did not cry or laugh, but it brought the reality of war and the bravery of our millitary to real life.
I had an opportunity to send a personal note to the author and thanked him for writing this book.
Very difficult war
The emotional challenges that are faced by our troops because of this very difficult method of war.
I have not listened to another performance by Sebastian Junger.
War: Afghanistan Terror
This is a powerful and insightful book into the lives of the American 2nd Platoon in the Korengal of Afghanistan. This book helped me to see inside the consequences of war in the lives of the young men who are fighting it from the front lines. While reading this book I have found myself telling nearly anyone who would listen about some of the difficulties that these men faced. War is an unbelievably difficult thing and we would be wise to pursue it with extreme caution. Sebastian Junger takes his reader into the lives and psyche of these men to find men who are serving with courage and distinction, but are not really concerned with the political issues or broader military issues of the war. They mostly care about the men that they serve with, and they love one another in a way that is difficult or nearly impossible to duplicate outside of the difficulties of war. This book should be read by people far and wide if for no other reason than to understand more about the consequences of sending young men to war.
I've had a good listen about a topic that is so fascinating and filled with narrative. It is excellent to have a first person account of what is happening in the war zone and how that affects America's warriors.
I would buy another book from Mr. Junger because I liked the writing style.
No favorite character.
The book made me reflect upon the sacrifice made by some to help the rest of us.
This book gives a very clear and vivid picture of what our troops face in Afghanistan. It is done in an amazingly objective way and you truly get a sense of what motivates and excites the young men we send into harm's way to risk their lives for us. Junger's analysis of the young men he was with is spot on. War for them is the most exciting, scary, thrilling and heart-breaking time they will ever experience. It is life at the bleeding and dying edge.
Overall an excellent book, I couldn't put it down.
Hard to listen to because of the content and nature of war but very well written book.
The performance made for an easy listen and riveting experience.
Really helps you understand how hard it would be to experience those things and return to
a normal life here in the states. CRAZY!
More than anything else... It make me very very appreciative of those in uniform and the deep sacrifices they make for me, my family and all my loved ones.
I loved how the story really put you into the minds of the soldiers fighting this difficult situation and I loved the narrator. Lots of action,I could not put this book down,my favorite book by far so far!!! a five star listen!!!!
Similiar to the good soldier which I'm listening to now.
This is the first sebastian junger book I've listened to and look forward to more.
A must read!!!!
I am a 6 year army infantry vet, i was in iraq for 14 months straight. I was in the triangle where i saw a lot of action. This book honestly has been like therapy for me. If you want to know what it feels like to go war or better understand someone that has. This is only book i recommend so far.