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.
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 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.
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.