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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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  • This is a brilliant little book driven by a powerful idea and series of reflections by the bestselling author of the bestselling books The Perfect Storm and War, and the film documentary Restrepo, about fighting in Afghanistan...The strongest experience of companionship and community often comes with the extremes of war. Junger is particularly good on the stress and exhilaration experienced by reporters, aid workers, and soldiers in combat - and the difficulties they face on return...I would give this gem of an essay to anyone embarking on the understanding of human society and governance. Evening Standard
  • An electrifying tapestry of history, anthropology, psychology and memoir that punctures the stereotype of the veteran as a war-damaged victim in need of salvation. Rather than asking how we can save our returning servicemen and women, Junger challenges us to take a hard look in the mirror and ask whether we can save ourselves. The Guardian
  • Junger has identified one of the last cohesive tribes in America and, through an examination of its culture of self-subjugation grasps for a remedy that might reunite a fragmented civilian society. Elliot Ackerman, Times Literary Supplement
  • TRIBE is an extended reflection on the need for inclusion and belonging...written by an impassioned war correspondent less concerned with the scars of battle than the psychological dislocation experienced by those returning home, who have experienced tribal inclusion, but now face a future without it.—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • TRIBE is a fascinating look into why inspires ancient human virtues of honor, courage and commitment on the battlefield, and the difficulty that can arise when a combat tour is over. While the book may easily fit in a soldier's small cargo pocket, it packs immensely valuable insight that is sure to bring understanding to military and civilian readers alike.—San Antonio Express-News
  • I first read about this history several months ago in Sebastian Junger's excellent book, TRIBE. It has haunted me since. It raises the possibility that our culture is built on some fundamental error about what makes people happy and fulfilled.—David Brooks, The New York Times
  • Thought-provoking...a gem. The Washington Post
  • TRIBE is an important wake-up call. Let's hope we don't sleep through the alarm. Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • Compelling...Junger...offers a starting point for mending some of the toxic divisiveness rampant in our current political and cultural climate. The Boston Globe
  • There are three excellent reasons to read Sebastian Junger's new book: the clarity of his thought, the elegance of his prose, and the provocativeness of his chosen subject. Within a compact space, the sheer range of his inquiry is astounding. S. C. Gwynne, New York Times bestselling author of Rebel Yell and Empire of the Summer Moon
  • Sebastian Junger has turned the multifaceted problem of returning veterans on its head. It's not so much about what's wrong with the veterans, but what's wrong with us. If we made the changes suggested in TRIBE, not only our returning veterans, but all of us, would be happier and healthier. Please read this book. Karl Marlantes, New York Times bestselling author of Matterhorn and What It Is Like to Go to War
  • “Junger argues with candor and grace for the everlasting remedies of community and connectedness.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • Junger argues with candor and grace for the everlasting remedies of community and connectedness. O Magazine
  • TRIBE is a fascinating, eloquent and thought-provoking book..packed with ideas...It could help us to think more deeply about how to help men and women battered by war to find a new purpose in peace. The Times of London
  • Junger has raised one of the most provocative ideas of this campaign season--and accidentally written one of its most intriguing political books. The New York Times
  • Junger uses every word in this slim volume to make a passionate, compelling case for a more egalitarian society. Booklist
  • The author resists the temptation to glorify war as the solution to a nation's mental ills and warns against the tendency "to romanticize Indian life," but he does succeed in showing "the complicated blessings of 'civilization,' " while issuing warnings about divisiveness and selfishness that should resonate in an election year. The themes implicit in the author's bestsellers are explicit in this slim yet illuminating volume. Kirkus Reviews
  • “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.”

    Booklist

  • “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.”

    AudioFile

  • 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
  • A 2016 GoodReads Readers’ Choice Best Nonfiction Award Nominee
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