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Based on a Vanity Fair article from June 2015, Tribe is a look at post-traumatic stress disorder and the challenges veterans face returning to society. Using his background in anthropology, Sebastian Junger argues that the problem lies not with vets or with the trauma they’ve suffered, but with the society to which they are trying to return.

One of the most puzzling things about veterans who experience PTSD is that the majority never even saw combat—and yet they feel deeply alienated and out of place back home. The reason may lie in our natural inclination, as a species, to live in groups of thirty to fifty people who are entirely reliant on one another for safety, comfort, and a sense of meaning: in short, the life of a soldier.

It is one of the ironies of the modern age that as affluence rises in a society, so do rates of suicide, depression, and of course PTSD. In a wealthy society people don’t need to cooperate with one another, so they often lead much lonelier lives that lead to psychological distress. There is a way for modern society to reverse this trend, however, and studying how veterans react to coming home may provide a clue to how to do it. But it won’t be easy.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Junger argues with candor and grace for the everlasting remedies of community and connectedness.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “Junger challenges us to take a hard look in the mirror and ask whether we can save ourselves.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “Junger has raised one of the most provocative ideas of this campaign season—and accidentally written one of its most intriguing political books.”

    New York Times

  • “I would give this gem of an essay to anyone embarking on the understanding of human society and governance.”

    Evening Standard

  • Tribe is an important wake-up call. Let’s hope we don’t sleep through the alarm.”

    Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • “Junger uses every word in this slim volume to make a passionate, compelling case for a more egalitarian society.”


  • “A short book with a solid argument about the downside of civilization’s progress…issuing warnings about divisiveness and selfishness that should resonate in an election year.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “The forcefulness of the author’s convictions and his experiences as a combat journalist and filmmaker give authenticity to his narration…call[ing] for a better understanding of and more appropriate support for veterans.”


  • An Entertainment Weekly “Must Read” for 2016
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month for May 2016
  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A BookPage Top Pick for Smart Summer Picks for Audio Month
  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
  • A 2016 New England Book Award Finalist
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