schismarch, May 18, 2010 (view all comments by schismarch)
Really looking forward to this book. Junger's ability to tell stories of actual events is sure to lend itself well to this subject, and I hope it slots well into the modern memoirs coming out of the US's interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq. Looking forward to Friday's event too!
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Shay572, May 10, 2010 (view all comments by Shay572)
I am anxiously awaiting it's debute as my son served with the 173rd Airborne and was there in the Korengal Valley at the time. War is an excellent title as it can mean many emotions and feelings. I am glad someone is writing about these brave men and women. The one's I've met so far I consider my adopted, as they are by far, special people. Can't wait for some great hours of reading!
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When the author of The Perfect Storm writes, "War is insanely exciting," you have to assume he knows what he's talking about. Sure enough, Junger's new book offers a thrilling account of the sustained adrenaline rush that is modern warfare, coupled with a horrifying depiction of humans pushed to their limits.
"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"War is insanely exciting....Don't underestimate the power of that revelation,' warns bestselling author and Vanity Fair contributing editor Junger (The Perfect Storm). The war in Afghanistan contains brutal trauma but also transcendent purpose in this riveting combat narrative. Junger spent 14 months in 2007 — 2008 intermittently embedded with a platoon of the 173rd Airborne brigade in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley, one of the bloodiest corners of the conflict. The soldiers are a scruffy, warped lot, with unkempt uniforms — they sometimes do battle in shorts and flip-flops — and a ritual of administering friendly beatings to new arrivals, but Junger finds them to be superlative soldiers. Junger experiences everything they do — nerve-racking patrols, terrifying roadside bombings and ambushes, stultifying weeks in camp when they long for a firefight to relieve the tedium. Despite the stress and the grief when buddies die, the author finds war to be something of an exalted state: soldiers experience an almost sexual thrill in the excitement of a firefight — a response Junger struggles to understand — and a profound sense of commitment to subordinating their self-interests to the good of the unit. 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 (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
by Library Journal (starred review),
"Although ostensibly about combat in Afghanistan, War examines the raw, brutal reality of combat — period — and why men fight....Highly recommended — not simply for those interested in military history but for all readers concerned with the human condition."
by Kirkus Reviews,
"An often harrowing...account of the physical and psychological toll of modern warfare on the average soldier."
by Chicago Tribune,
"Junger's great eye and honesty about the gamut of emotions that come into play in combat leave one swerving between highs, lows and the surreal."
by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
"Those seeking insight into war's innards will appreciate the details Mr. Junger so sharply and respectfully delivers."
by Providence Journal,
"Gripping, gritty, blunt and honest, War is an outstanding portrait of American soldiers at the front in a relentless conflict."
by Kirkus Reviews,
"Junger blends popular science, psychology and history with a breathlessly paced narrative.... An often harrowing, though mostly conventional, account of the physical and psychological toll of modern warfare on the average soldier."
The author of the gripping bestseller The Perfect Storm turns his brilliant and empathetic eye to the reality of combat. War follows a single platoon through a 15-month tour of duty in the most dangerous outpost in Afghanistan.
A sweeping history and powerful indictment of America's longest overt war, by the veteran New York Times journalist who was stationed in-country throughout the entire conflict.
Carlotta Gall has reported from Afghanistan and Pakistan for almost the entire duration of the American invasion and occupation, beginning shortly after 9/11. She knows just how much this war has cost the Afghan people, and how much damage can be traced to Pakistan and its duplicitous government and intelligence forces.and#160;Now that American troops are withdrawing, it is time toand#160;tell the full history of how we have been fighting the wrong enemy, in the wrong country.
Gall combines searing personal accounts of battles and betrayals with moving portraits of the ordinary Afghanis who enduredand#160;a terrible war of more than a decade. Her firsthand accounts of Taliban warlords, Pakistani intelligence thugs, American generals, Afghani politicians, and the many innocents who were caught up in this long war are riveting.and#160; Her evidence that Pakistan fueled the Taliban and protected Osama bin Laden is revelatory. This is a sweeping account of a war brought by well-intentioned American leaders against an enemy they barely understood, and could not truly engage.
In WAR Sebastian Junger gives breathtaking insight into the truths of war-- the fear, the honor, and the trust among men. His on-the-ground account follows a single platoon through a 15-month tour of duty in the most dangerous outpost in Afghanistan's KorengalValley. 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 regular basis. Read by the author.
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