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WAR | [Sebastian Junger]

WAR

Junger turns his brilliant and empathetic eye to the reality of combat - the fear, the honor, and the trust among men in an extreme situation whose survival depends on their absolute commitment to one another. His on-the-ground account follows a single platoon through a 15-month tour of duty in the most dangerous outpost in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley.
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Audible Editor Reviews

In listening to Sebastian Junger read War, the book he both experienced and wrote, you will periodically find yourself standing or sitting stock-still while the powerful narrative sinks in. Junger does not pull any punches in his writing, and his reading carries with it the anxiety and the pure fear he experienced embedded on five occasions with U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley. This six-mile long valley — "the Afghanistan of Afghanistan”, according to Junger — has sustained 70% of all U.S. bombing in Afghanistan. Junger’s respect for the soldiers of U.S. Army’s 2nd Platoon, Battle Company, 173rd Airborne Brigade can be heard as he contrasts the jocularity of the men (the platoon was all male) and periods of stultifying boredom with the split-second responses every soldier maintains to react to snipers, ambushes, and IED attacks.

Junger tells of the bravado and the extraordinary human connection to one another the soldiers display. Each soldier — and even Junger — knows that the next instant might bring death. That knowledge is ever-present as Junger describes surprise attacks by Taliban and on Taliban with vivid intensity.

Junger’s reading lets you join in on the soldiers’ humor that strengthens bonds and, for the moment, relieves the reality of life in one of the world’s most unforgiving terrains, even without a vicious enemy potentially lurking behind the next boulder. His tone captures the men’s loneliness and the existential angst inevitably affecting them all until the next firefight comes — as most of them do, in an instant and seldom with warning.

Listeners will enjoy Junger’s description of the physically huge soldier, Vandenberg, who has his fellow soldiers in awe of his sheer bulk and strength. Vandenberg is a source of good-humored testing and honest admiration, and you can hear the catch in Junger’s voice as he tells of Vandenberg’s nearly fatal wound and the tenderness with which the soldier reached from the cot where he lay to grab the hand of his also severely wounded buddy, while both waited to be helicoptered away for more intensive medical care.

Junger describes the brutality of war experienced by young American soldiers and shares examples of bravery and camaraderie that occur on almost a daily basis amidst deprivations unimaginable to civilians — which will make you want to stop every person in military uniform to thank them for their service. You’ll also want to thank Sebastian Junger for writing War and— — most especially — for reading it with honesty and compassion. —Carole Chouinard

Publisher's Summary

In his breakout best seller, The Perfect Storm, Sebastian Junger created "a wild ride that brilliantly captures the awesome power of the raging sea and the often futile attempts of humans to withstand it" (Los Angeles Times Book Review). Now, Junger turns his brilliant and empathetic eye to the reality of combat - the fear, the honor, and the trust among men in an extreme situation whose survival depends on their absolute commitment to one another.

His on-the-ground account follows a single platoon through a 15-month tour of duty in the most dangerous outpost in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley. Through the experiences of these young men at war, he shows what it means to fight, to serve, and to face down mortal danger on a daily basis.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2010 Sebastian Junger (P)2010 Hachette

What the Critics Say

"Junger mixes visceral combat scenes-raptly aware of his own fear and exhaustion-with quieter reportage and insightful discussions of the physiology, social psychology, and even genetics of soldiering. The result is an unforgettable portrait of men under fire." (Publishers Weekly)

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    brett 03-18-13
    brett 03-18-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Devastating for everyone"

    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 !!

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    Pete Dallas 12-09-12
    Pete Dallas 12-09-12 Member Since 2012
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    Would you listen to WAR again? Why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of WAR?

    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.


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    Brittan San Diego, US, Canada 12-05-12
    Brittan San Diego, US, Canada 12-05-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic!"
    Would you listen to WAR again? Why?

    Probably not, just because I don't usually re-listen or re-read a book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of WAR?

    When Doc Restrepo died.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did listen to more of this one than I usually do at one time.


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    kerry 08-27-12
    kerry 08-27-12
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    "Takes you to Afghanistan"

    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.

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    Michael New Orleans, LA, United States 08-18-12
    Michael New Orleans, LA, United States 08-18-12 Listener Since 2009
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    What did you love best about WAR?

    IT is told from a point of view that only few will ever see.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What about Sebastian Junger’s performance did you like?

    It was refreshing to hear what he thought felt and experienced, He seemed honest in elplaining his bias and why


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    WAR the down and dirty you will not see on TV News.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Ann West Bloomfield, MI, United States 05-28-12
    Ann West Bloomfield, MI, United States 05-28-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Seminal book on war in Afghanistan in this era."
    What made the experience of listening to WAR the most enjoyable?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the author was actually shot at and the bullets started to whiz by him.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did not cry or laugh, but it brought the reality of war and the bravery of our millitary to real life.


    Any additional comments?

    I had an opportunity to send a personal note to the author and thanked him for writing this book.

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    Matthew J. Maples Amarillo, TX USA 02-20-12
    Matthew J. Maples Amarillo, TX USA 02-20-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Good and important book"
    If you could sum up WAR in three words, what would they be?

    Very difficult war


    What was one of the most memorable moments of WAR?

    The emotional challenges that are faced by our troops because of this very difficult method of war.


    Have you listened to any of Sebastian Junger’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to another performance by Sebastian Junger.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    War: Afghanistan Terror


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Edgar Jacksonville, FL, United States 02-13-12
    Edgar Jacksonville, FL, United States 02-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Prepare to go to War!"
    If you could sum up WAR in three words, what would they be?

    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.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Sebastian Junger? Why or why not?

    I would buy another book from Mr. Junger because I liked the writing style.


    Which character – as performed by Sebastian Junger – was your favorite?

    No favorite character.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The book made me reflect upon the sacrifice made by some to help the rest of us.


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    Dreux Houston, TX, United States 01-30-12
    Dreux Houston, TX, United States 01-30-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Must Read"
    What about Sebastian Junger’s performance did you like?

    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.


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    Barbara United States 01-23-12
    Barbara United States 01-23-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Loved the Book"
    What did you love best about WAR?

    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!


    Any additional comments?

    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.
    THANKS!

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