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.
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.
Sebastian does it again with an excellent. Great story and just another reason we need to either win it with the full power of the United States Military or else get out completely.
There have been many brave men in out nations history, praised and revered. But the hardest and most unsung heroes stories seldom are heard, and I am extremely thankfull to Mr. Junger for sharing his experiances and telling the stories of these American bad asses.
My Sincerest Thanks to our Soldiers and to Mr. Junger for telling thier stories.
While I'm sure this book doesn't tell the whole story of Afghanistan and the war we're fighting there, it did help me to find out what was going on in one of the hot spots of that war. I listened to this after listening to Matterhorn, an excellent novel about Vietnam, and the contrasts and comparisons between the wars is very interesting. Based on these two books Vietnam seems tame compared to fighting the Taliban.
Sebastian Junger captures the war in a way that is nothing short of amazing. His ability to connect real time events with scientific research data adds a tremendous dimension to this story. Great Read!
Hats off to the whole damn crew. Junger delivered this in a way that has to be recognized as exceptional. You don't have to agree with war but you will damn sure have a better understanding and appreciation for what the men and women of this country have to go through that step up to the plate for freedom. This is also a great listen for anyone thinking about joining the forces. Thank you