Few writers have been to so many desperate corners of the globe as has Sebastian Junger; fewer still have provided such starkly memorable evocations of characters and events. From the murderous mechanics of the diamond trade in Sierra Leone to the logic of guerrilla warfare in Afghanistan and the forensics of genocide in Kosovo, this new collection of Junger's nonfiction will take you places you wouldn't dream of going to on your own.
©2001 Sebastian Junger; (P)2001 HarperCollins Publishers
"Danger junkies rejoice!" (Publishers Weekly)
"Well worth the time, Junger's varied writings make the listener as peripatetic as the author." (AudioFile)
I am an English teacher in China and can now read and write some Chinese.I have been to 13 countries on 4 continents.I am an avid audiophile
The stories about fireman were exciting,but maybe ran on a little long for my taste.The story of whaling made me want to read Moby Dick.The story about Cyprus and its ongoing disputed territory was more political than adventurous.The history of our crazy world continues to evolve and even with all of our modern engineering marvels civil unrest and lack of vision continue to pit man against man and country against country in a never ending quest to gain space in an ever shrinking world.
If even half the book would have been about fire or firefigthers.
Very little is about fire.
The narrator did his job fine.
Not many, the first chapters are about fire, and don't get very deep into them. It's more like long news reports.The book then goes off into totally unrelated subjects.
When it got into whales and war, I kept forwarding through little be little. I kept thinking "This is just me being impatient, this is a round about way to get to the consequences of the fire." Nope no fire, no firefighters, just stuff i didn't buy this book to hear about.
Not a coherent collection of writings. Simply an attempt to profit from the "Perfect Storm." Pass it by.
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