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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, Joshua Ferris Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2010 ISBN: 9781607881995
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt Maples | 1/15/2014

    " This is a powerful and insightful book into the lives of the American 2nd Platoon in the Korengal of Afghanistan. This book helped me to see inside the consequences of war in the lives of the young men who are fighting it from the front lines. While reading this book I have found myself telling nearly anyone who would listen about some of the difficulties that these men faced. War is an unbelievably difficult thing and we would be wise to pursue it with extreme caution. Sebastian Junger takes his reader into the lives and psyche of these men to find men who are serving with courage and distinction, but are not really concerned with the political issues or broader military issues of the war. They mostly care about the men that they serve with, and they love one another in a way that is difficult or nearly impossible to duplicate outside of the difficulties of war. This book should be read by people far and wide if for no other reason than to understand more about the consequences of sending young men to war. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dirk Heinz | 1/14/2014

    " Excellent look at a "year in the life" of a platoon in Afghanistan "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zachary Kelton | 1/14/2014

    " Detailed, well-researched, and surprisingly personal at times, "War" paints a visceral portrait of the challenges faced by the soldiers making up the tip of the spear in the United States military. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 1/7/2014

    " Junger spent 5 months off an on of a 15 month deployment embedded with Battle Company, 2nd Battalion of the 173rd Airborne in the Korengal Valley in the eastern province of Kunar in Afghanistan near the Pakistani border, and this book is part of the result. A heartfelt and well researched book about the life of these young men fighting for our country. This is now my favorite of Jungers books (I haven't read A Death in Belmont), the story of the soldiers of Battle Company are fairly told and, being based on actual interviews with his subjects, has a personal touch that The Perfect Storm, was lacking. The impact of war on the men and the positive and negative aspects of their combat experience puts a powerful "small picture" face on the war in Afghanistan that you don't often hear about on the general coverage of the war. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin Simons | 1/6/2014

    " This is excellent. I read an "enriched" version on iBooks that had videos from Afghanistan. I'm sure I would have enjoyed the paper version of the book, too, but some of the videos were something else. The "Sal Giunta Story" alone makes it worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Star Book | 12/25/2013

    " Easy to read. Good look at frontline soldiers in afganistan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gerry | 12/17/2013

    " Fantastic book about the Afghanistan war from the perspective of ground troops. A really sobering read that makes me appreciate even more what the armed forces do to protect us. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 1/1/2013

    " This book was about a journalist embedded with soldiers in Afghanistan. It really shows you how soldiers are fighting the war there and what they go through on a day to day basis. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sgilbert | 10/31/2012

    " A fascinating and true account of soldiers in Afghanistan. Very realistic and often graphic, but a definite read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn Cooper | 7/13/2012

    " Great perspective on the war in the Korengal Valley. Very brave journalist. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandt | 3/14/2012

    " you won't want to believe what you are reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 12/27/2011

    " I wish the news outlets were telling these stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Taylor Holmes | 9/28/2011

    " Restrepo was gold as a movie. War is even better than Restrepo in my mind. Way more breadth. Way more scale. Really amazing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn Randall | 7/16/2011

    " Disturbing but very interesting. Can't wait to discuss at book club. I now plan on watching Restrepo on Netflix. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carrie | 5/22/2011

    " Interesting perspective and insight into the war and into the minds and hearts of a specific platoon of men fighting in Afghanistan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 5/5/2011

    " My god - what an amazing book. Go out, buy it now, rent Resptrepo, and mourn the death of Tim Hetherington. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 4/27/2011

    " Interesting read about the dynamics and inside views of the war. A little hard at times to imagine the set-up, but it made sense after I finished the book and watched the documentary itself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiniqua | 4/26/2011

    " This book is no great work of literature, but rather an eye-opening revelation to those of us who are blessed enough to be oblivious to the situations our young military men and women meet with on a daily basis. From the first chapter, I was captured. A must read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hugo | 4/25/2011

    " Brutally honest depiction of our modern warriors. If you haven't been in the military this may be a crude read. It brings the harsh reality of war to your mind and makes you appreciate and respect what our Soldiers do for our country, regardless of your political beliefs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 4/24/2011

    " Great book. A little disappointed in the movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Raisonbr | 4/23/2011

    " A very captivating account. It gave me a whole new understanding of the bonds of fellowship created by conflict. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gabriel | 4/20/2011

    " You need to read this book. It is by far one of the best books about war -- and the culture of war -- that I have ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christopher | 4/14/2011

    " Excellent, well-written and highly recommended. A compelling and fast read. It's been a while since I've read a book that was so interesting that I carried it around and read it in spare moments and free time, but I did this one. "

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About the Author
Author Sebastian Junger

Sebastian Junger is the New York Times bestselling author of War, The Perfect Storm, and A Death in Belmont. Together with Tim Hetherington, he directed the documentary Restrepo, which won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. He is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and has been awarded a National Magazine Award and an SAIS Novartis Prize for journalism. He lives in New York City.

About the Narrator

Joshua Ferris received a BA in English and philosophy from the University of Iowa and an MFA from the University of California, Irvine. His fiction has appeared in the Iowa Review, Best New American Voices 2005, and Prairie Schooner. He was born in Danville, Illinois, grew up in Key West, and now lives in Brooklyn.