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Author
Sebastian Junger.
Publisher Twelve  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8 x 5.25 x 0.95 inches
ISBN 9780446556224
Pages/Publication Date 296/2011
Daedalus Item Code 31133
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Here the author of The Perfect Storm and A Death in Belmont immerses himself in the reality of combat—the fear, the honor, and the trust among men who face mortal danger on a daily basis, and whose survival depends on their absolute commitment to one another. Sebastian Junger's on-the-ground account follows the 173rd Airborne's 2nd Platoon through a 15-month tour of duty in the most dangerous outpost in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley.

"With his narrative gifts and vivid prose—as free, thank God, of literary posturing as it is of war-correspondent chest-thumping—Junger masterfully chronicles the platoon's 15-month tour of duty.... Junger makes us see the terror, monotony, misery, comradeship and lunatic excitement that have been elements of all wars since, say, the siege of Troy. He thus becomes a kind of 21st-century battle singer, narrating the deeds and misdeeds of his heroes while explaining what makes them do what they do.... It's the best writing I've seen on the subject since J. Glenn Gray's 1959 classic, The Warriors: Reflections on Men in Battle.... Junger's sketches of the men are deft, his ear for their quirky speech spot on.... This splendid book should help the rest of us understand them—and war itself—a little better."—Washington Post

"War is insanely exciting.... Don't underestimate the power of that revelation, warns bestselling author and Vanity Fair contributing editor Junger. The war in Afghanistan contains brutal trauma but also transcendent purpose in this riveting combat narrative. Junger spent 14 months in 2007–2008 intermittently embedded with a platoon of the 173rd Airborne brigade in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley, one of the bloodiest corners of the conflict. The soldiers are a scruffy, warped lot, with unkempt uniforms—they sometimes do battle in shorts and flip-flops—and a ritual of administering friendly beatings to new arrivals, but Junger finds them to be superlative soldiers. Junger experiences everything they do—nerve-racking patrols, terrifying roadside bombings and ambushes, stultifying weeks in camp when they long for a firefight to relieve the tedium. Despite the stress and the grief when buddies die, the author finds war to be something of an exalted state: soldiers experience an almost sexual thrill in the excitement of a firefight—a response Junger struggles to understand—and a profound sense of commitment to subordinating their self-interests to the good of the unit. 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 (starred review)

 
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