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REVIEW Ú War By Sebastian Junger ↠ 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 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. Stupendously brilliant and enlightening book I understand the appeal of war much now It's nothing to do with altruism and everything to do with an uber boy's club guns and adrenaline I understand men a lot now too This book should be reuired reading for the parents and girlfriends of the young men who have enlisted in the military It isn't what anyone would actually want to hear no one much cares about the political reasons for prosecuting the war everyone likes firing guns at the enemy It's like watching half a dozen nine year old boys with cap guns dodging around trees throwing themselves on the ground pretending to be dead not capturing anyone just shooting and kids shouting out 'no fair' and getting shot anyway here all the other boys laugh Its just like that only ten years later and with real ammunition War will never end when it provides thrills like that

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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. One word WAR and that doleful eye glaring out at you Powerful cover so’s the book Picked it because it promised to get me inside the head of a soldier An honest no holds barred account of the day to day lives of soldiers serving in the intensely hot military zone of Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley Riveted from page one my mouth was actually hanging open reading this seriously It’s gritty and raw; it’s also pretty funny at times; these guys have a truly twisted appreciation of the absurd Expected and it delivered stories of brutality praise for the toughness bravery of soldiers – didn’t expect “War is a lot of things and it’s useless to pretend that exciting isn’t one of them It’s insanely exciting” This book is SOAKED in testosterone a bunch of cowboys on some kind of crazed adrenaline rush; half the time in abject misery the other having literally a blast with guns He covers it all the atrocious living conditions “Summer grinds on a hundred degrees every day and tarantulas invading the living uarters to get out of the heat” the terrain “too remote to conuer too poor to intimidate” the mechanics of warfare “the choreography of combat” but it shone talking about the men Jones “He roamed Restrepo like some kind of alpha predator exuded a strange sullen anger that never uite came to the surface He was fond of giving someone a dismissive look and saying “Just a mess A soup sandwich” Patterson Just 30 the men call him Pops “ I never saw him look even nervous during a fight much less scared He commanded his men like he was directing traffic” O’Bryne What a screw up I liked him immensely “He wasn’t big but it was like he was made out of scrap metal” Maybe take it with a grain of saltI’ve been pondering this book for a couple of weeks still am There’s an awful lot of chest thumping going on – that “I’m good” bit men put out even when they’re ripping apart inside Maybe Junger just bought into there whole macho act hook line sinker Can't blame him they’ve honed it to perfection Still convinced it's gotta be deeper than this Junger’s a civilian and a journalist to boot Wouldn’t he be the last guy they’d pick to spew there guts to Meanderings I’m clueless about war so pay no attention the only soldier I’ve ever known was my dad a WW2 Vet Proud of having served he returned a bitter changed man Refused to talk about the war to anyone period not even Mom Interesting that he welcomed Vietnam draft dodgers into our home I’d love to know what if anything he had to say to them So I’m taking this at face value – Junger’s fabulous spin on what makes a soldier tick 4 ½ stars

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War By Sebastian JungPlatoon 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. I tend to avoid non fiction books about war but I'm so glad I read this one Junger's account of a platoon in Afghanistan is educational and scary The uestion that resonated the most with me is what place do these soldiers have in our society when coming home The strengths they exhibit in combat mostly translate to weaknesses in everyday life There is no happy ending in War