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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (791 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sebastian Junger Narrator: Sebastian Junger, Kevin Conway Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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For readers and viewers of The Perfect Storm, opening this long-awaited new work by Sebastian Junger will be like stepping off the deck of the Andrea Gail and into the inferno of a fire burning out of control in the steep canyons of Idaho. Here is the same meticulous prose brought to bear on the inner workings of a terrifying elemental force; here is a cast of characters risking everything in an effort to bring that force under control.

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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Magnificently conceived, lovingly written, perfectly evocative of a place, a time, a passion.”

    Atlantic Monthly

  • “Propelled by dynamic reporting that reads as fluidly as great fiction.”


  • “The topics are compelling, and the writing is fine.”


  • “A counterphobic's dream come true, and thrill seekers of both sexes will love the experience of listening to these you-are-there–style reports.”

    Library Journal

  • “Junger [is] a man with an appetite for the ragged edge of life and the ability to write about it with restrained power.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • One of the 2001 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Mark | 2/20/2014

    " A decent enough premise - find the workers plying the world's toughest trades and watch them in action. Problem is, Junger either doesn't get close enough, or catches his players on a bad day. Perhaps he was stretching the canvas too thinly. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Anita | 1/28/2014

    " A book about dangerous situations, war and atrocities that was interesting in places, but I thought the writing style was too dry. I found a lot of it was like reading a text book and it really didn't grip me at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Graham Burt | 1/21/2014

    " I was most intrigued by the story on forest fires, but there are some really amazing stories of genocide and oppression in there. Junger has a nice writing style and gives you all the details, whether you want them or not. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Peregrine 12 | 1/19/2014

    " I hate to give this book such a low rating, because I am a big fan of Junger's writings. As it turned out, though, this was my "I'm-spending-two-hours-in-the-laundromat-today" book of short stories. Took me 2 or 3 months to finish, one distracted afternoon at a time. (The Storm King Mountains and Lion In Winter stood out, however, as stories I still think about months later.) "

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