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  • Published in USA  May 2010,
    304 pages.

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In his breakout bestseller, The Perfect Storm, Sebastian Junger created "a wild ride that brilliantly captures the awesome power of the raging sea and the often futile attempts of humans to withstand it" (Los Angeles Times Book Review). Now, 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 15-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.

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"Starred Review. The result is an unforgettable portrait of men under fire." - Publishers Weekly

"Starred Review. Although ostensibly about combat in Afghanistan, War examines the raw, brutal reality of combat—period—and why men fight. ... Highly recommended—not simply for those interested in military history but for all readers concerned with the human condition." - Library Journal

"An often harrowing, though mostly conventional, account of the physical and psychological toll of modern warfare on the average soldier." - Kirkus Reviews

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Rated 5 of 5 of 5 by katherine fajardo
FEAR.KILLING.LOVE
This book was simply amazing. For once i didn't see the political view of war but instead i saw it through the eyes of the men fighting in the war. There were times when i wanted to cry and times when all i could do was laugh. It was one of those books were you just sit for a while and reflect on your own life, at least that's how it was for me. I recommend this book if you don't fully understand why men would join such a violent war or if you think all Americans do in Afghanistan is kill people. It really opens you eyes and stimulates the brain as to what combat is like and what the war in general is like.

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Sebastian Junger Author Biography

Sebastian Junger grew up in suburban Massachusetts, not far from the town of Gloucester, the fishing port depicted in The Perfect Storm that was home to the Andrea Gail and its crew. He graduated from Wesleyan University with a degree in cultural anthropology in 1984 and has been a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in such magazines as Outside, Men's Journal, American Heritage, and The New York Times Magazine. Drawn to stories of adventure, Junger has delivered radio reports from the war in Bosnia, covered smoke jumpers in Idaho's wilderness wildfires, and written about the smallest border town in Texas. In addition he has for many years worked as a high climber and trimmer for tree removal companies. He currently lives in New York City and Cape Cod. The ...

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