This book was recommended to me by a veteran I met at the dog park. It parallels the video documentary "Restrepo" which is also done by Junger. He narrates his own book which gives it more emphasis and drama. This book is very well written and Junger describes the war fighters and their own personal battles, the psychology of war, what the soldiers do and why they do it. I was doubly interested in this story as it takes place in the Korrengal Valley, Paktika Province. A coworker's son was seriously injured in an ambush in Paktika a couple years ago and my Son-In-Law was the target of a suicide bomber a year ago. I'm happy to report both survived their injuries.
I found it to be a very engaging listen and highly recommend this to anyone looking for a story about the current war in Afghanistan.
I'm Stephen, Rebecca's husband.
If you have already seen RESTREPO on TV, you already know this story. If you want to hear it again, this is your chance.
I'm an avid audio book "reader," especially while walking my dog. As a result, he is the best informed Standard Poodle in West Seattle.
A important, astonishing book--best read in tandem with Junger's documentary "Restrepo." This books belongs on a short shelf of great writing and reporting about war--not just Afghanistan, any war. It probably deserves five stars, but the book's raw, in-your-face tone sounds rambly and repetitious in places. Junger catches nearly everything--the dignity, science, drudgery, solemnity, surrealism, grittiness, and deadliness of war--but only some of the humor. I wish there'd been more of that. But overall, a great and powerful book.
John Konrad ship captain, blogger and author of "Fire On The Horizon"
The Perfect Storm was an inspiration for me to join the merchant marine and start a life at sea. Not that I ever wanted (or want) to see a storm of that magnitude but I was fascinated by the science and adventure of life upon the ocean. 15 years later I am a licensed captain of large ships and continue to be fascinated by the ocean... but not by war.
Wars fought on land never interested me so I was, at first, reluctant to purchase this book but, considering the source, I gave it a try and was hooked from the first chapter. This is the story of the real battle on the front line of terrorism. Not the fox news version of the story but the hard faced reality of life on the front line of hell.
This book is Journalism at it's finest, a rare window into the hard reality of modern combat.
One of the best military books which discusses war from a soldiers perspective. The only book I ever recommended to my family to understand a soldiers experience - good, bad and ridiculous. I think Sebastian Junger truly bonded with the soldiers of B Co and became one of them. He was then able to speak deeply and personally about the experience. He gives a heartened perspective while at the same time not promoting combat like so many other narratives have. In summary, it is a fantastic book.
The real understanding of young men that fought in Aganastan. Not for glory, but to stay alive. These young men are truly owed our gratitude. Closing ones eyes you can actually visualize and hear the terror of their experiences. Now understand why so many have post truamatic psychological problems.
Ho Hum. This book is either really slow or really intense. Pretty much what I image the war in Afghanistan is like. It somehow lacks a commitment to any particular point- but maybe that IS the point. Don't read it if you want to crystallize your views on why we should or should not be in Afghanistan. Do read it if you want a glimpse of the psychology and intense camaraderie that develops at the battlefront. It is seems to be an objective view of what life is like for some of our men and women in Afghanistan.
I feel very humbled after listening to this book. Mr. Junger pulls no punches and tells it how it is. I'm looking forward to his next book.
Great book. Learned tons with the narrative and the facts-- just how I like my books. But I do think he inserted himself too much in it, such as the time he wrote about why soldiers fought (for their buddies or something to that effect).
He could have shown us more about that instead of telling. As a former soldier, I hate it when writers try to discover the "way of the soldier."
Aside from that, it was entertaining and I learned a lot during my roadtrip.