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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (7,186 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sebastian Junger Narrator: Sebastian Junger Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In WAR Sebastian Junger turns his brilliant and empathetic eye to the reality of combat: the fear, the honor, and the trust among men in an extreme situation whose survival depends on their absolute commitment to one another. His on-the-ground account follows a single platoon through a fifteen-month tour of duty in the most dangerous outpost in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley. 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 daily basis. His insights are breathtaking.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Absorbing and original! Junger has found a novel and interesting lens through which to view the conflict in Afghanistan, and he captures many things a lesser writer might miss.”

    New York Times

  • “It takes a very good book to carry off a title as portentous as WAR, and Sebastian Junger has written one! An outstanding war report: a precise and gripping account of some of the fiercest battles involving American soldiers in recent times.”

    Economist

  • “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

  • “Junger was embedded with a frontline unit and followed them over their eighteenth-month deployment. Because the work includes personal impressions as well as traditional reporting, the author chose to record the work himself. He’s a capable narrator, and his gritty and, at times, wearied tone exactly suits the book.”

    AudioFile

  • “The author dives into the most perilous form of immersion journalism, attempting to create an unflinching account of frontline combat…Junger blends popular science, psychology and history with a breathlessly paced narrative.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A 2010 Time Magazine Top 10 Book for Nonfiction
  • A 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Best Book for Nonfiction
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2013 Abraham Lincoln Award Nominee
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A 2010 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Current Interests

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ian | 2/19/2014

    " A compelling piece of embed nonfiction that's upfront about its shortcomings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kim | 2/12/2014

    " This was a powerful book, and you really feel like you get an authentic glimpse of life in a military unit in Afghanistan. I was struck by the other-worldliness of life for these guys and seriously wonder how any of them will be able to make the adjustment back to civilian life. We need to think very carefully about whether the conflicts we choose are worth the costs - not a "new" thought of course, but this book really brings home the psychological impact of sending young people to settle our battles. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Walter Straus | 1/31/2014

    " Great story. It really makes you get into the head of the troops in Afghanistan. A MUST READ. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mistress SuckMyBlackDagger | 1/16/2014

    " I had to read this book for a class I am taking and I must say I was DREADING it! BUT it actually was very good. It was witty and it showed the way it is in the real world of war. No fluff just soldiers being soldiers. I recommend this to anyone who like war stories or just wants to have a taste of what our soldiers are going through in this war with the Middle East. "

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