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War [Kindle Edition]

Sebastian Junger
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Praise for ‘Fire’:
'This is frontline reporting of the highest order from the dangerous, blade-sharp edge of things.' The Times

'His language, as powerful as the most abrasive undercurrent, describes an exceptional tug of war with the elements.' Alex O'Connell, The Times

'He writes like a poet who has been to meteorology school.' Ruth Rendell, Daily Telegraph

'Detail blazes through these chapters like the fiercest fire storm, yet the writing is invariably controlled, never breathless…Junger is an excellent story teller.' Sunday Telegraph

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'An incredible work of frontline journalism' Independent, Books of the Year 'In his acute observations of soldiers both in battle and at rest, Junger paints a vivid and realistic portrait of the fighting in Afghanistan, often bitterly funny and desperately sad.' Patrick Hennessey, Literary Review 'The bloodiest and most compelling book you are ever likely to read on the enduring carnage in Afghanistan' The Times 'One of the best books about war you will ever read. Beautifully written in unshowy prose and thoughtful, honest and profound. A masterpiece of the genre.' Mail on Sunday 'An intense account!Junger uses his documentary skills to ask his comrades tough questions about killing, dying, loyalty and friendship. The result is a book not just about war, but about the limits of courage and, yes, love under pressure.' Guardian '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.' The Economist

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 432 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0446556246
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate (27 May 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003LSSDZW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #55,310 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A thought-provoking essential read 12 May 2010
By Mr. Ian Thomas TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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When you pick up a book called "War" it's pretty obvious from the outset what you're going to get: a diary style account of the Afghanistan War as seen through the eyes of Sebastian Junger, a journalist who spent 15 months with a platoon in the bloody Korengal Valley whilst on an assignment for Vanity Fair magazine. As you would expect, Junger depicts the brutality of war, filled with gunfights, explosions and ultimately death, but "War" is so much more than a book about the violence humans can inflict upon one another in what can from the outside appear to be a pointless battle. It is also a book about the nature of humans and the relationships that men form in such extreme circumstances.

The men of 173rd Airborne are clearly distinguished by Junger with their individual personalities and varyingly dishevelled appearances, but what really stood out for me was the complete honour and trust they all placed in one another. If one man makes a mistake, he doesn't just put his own life at risk, but the lives of the entire platoon, and it is this bond and reliance on each other that makes the book so interesting. On top of this, Junger also delves into the lives of the men when they go home on leave, and how their mental state is affected by everything they've been through. It's not an easy thing to read about, but it's important that people are made aware of how these men can never truly leave the war behind.

"War" is an amazing read - exciting, terrifying, humbling, devastating. There are many words that could be used to describe this book but I'll summarise in just two: "read it".
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars WAR---this will open you eyes... 27 Jan 2011
Format:Hardcover
WAR
by Sebastian Junger

Book Review by Jay Gilbertson

For over fifteen months author Junger (a Vanity Fair contributing editor) shadowed a single American army platoon in and around the Korengal Valley located deep in a remote part of Afghanistan. This is NOT an easy read, but one of the most compelling accounts of something most of us know very little about. This is not the kind of information you will ever see or hear in the media--this is what it's really like out there--and it's not what you think.

It's worse.

"The core psychological experiences of war are so primal and unadulterated, however, that they eclipse subtler feelings, like sorrow or remorse, that can gut you quietly for years."

Junger lives the life of combat in an area so humanly unfriendly it's often hard to read; let alone imagine. For the entire duration of their tour there is no running water, no cooked food, no women or booze or internet. Their time is filled with constant stress so palpable it will change them forever. How could it not?

This is not a diary, nor is it a case-study of how a soldier lives, nor is it in any way political; it's a collection of brutal experiences. From intense gun-fire and grenade tossing and road bombs that tear up young men beyond recognition to a myriad of horrible injuries and death all tied to the fact that this particular platoon fights as one unit.

That theme is what powers this entire piece. This group of incredibly well-trained men would rather die themselves than be the cause of any other soldier's demise. There's a little known practice called blood-in and blood out to cement this into each and every soldiers psyche and to break the boredom.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Frontier Arithmetic 19 April 2010
By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Sebastian Junger was embedded with a US Army unit in the Korengal Valley in eastern Afghanistan for over a year. This book is the result of that experience.

It is an interesting mixture of styles: there is the "Despatches" School of blood, profanity and squaddie philosophy; then there is a technical discussion of how the US Army wages war on the Taliban; finally, an attempt to place the experience of the men in some kind of psychological and social context. Junger resists the temptation to go too far in any direction and the result is a good book.

The soldiers are not seen as quaint or odd but as functioning as well as they may with their lives to date and their present position. Junger gives a view as to why so many die so bravely (he discusses what bravery means) and so many of the survivors suffer yet re-enlist; reminding us that unlike Vietnam these are not conscripts. There is even time to consider the motivation of the Taliban as they sit out in the hills trying to ambush the Americans.

The men in the Korengal chronicled by Junger compare well to the GIs in Vietnam chronicled by other more excitable accounts; this group come over as being much more fluent in counter-insurgency and much less "deranged"; but that maybe a function of Junger's ability to not get in the way of their story. As an account of men under fire it is in the tradition of the Great War rather than Apocalypse Now.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A review by ROROBLU'S DAD - short and sweet 12 May 2010
By ROROBLU'S MUM TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This is a very brief review and I make no excuses for that.

If the subject of this book is even of mild interest to you then please read it. It gives a plain and brutal account from the people actually involved, of what it is like to be `out there'. I won't spoil it by giving away any of the content, save to say it is not disguised by flowery prose.

As I said, it's plain and brutal..... just like it needs to be. Maybe our politicians should be forced to read this. Things just might be different, you never know. Let's not hold our breath though.

A brief thank you to Sebastian Junger for putting this in print.

`Get some'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
I wanted to read an account from the US perspective and this is very well written, balanced and informative. I highly recommend this.
Published 4 months ago by James
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
Read and doesn't avoid the hard topics of what happens with men on the front line. All the nitty gritty
Published 5 months ago by Tasha
5.0 out of 5 stars War.
Although Junger goes on about technical things quite a bit,the speed of a bullet and what it can do. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Lynne Kirkman
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic reporting
A fascinating insight into frontline soldiering and the realities of US counter-insurgency in Afghanistan by a very brave and accomplished journalist. Worth every penny.
Published 8 months ago by G Whitehead
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
exiting and gripping story telling of actual events during military operations. a must read even on the beach. i read each day when i had free time and i loved it.
Published 9 months ago by Dimitris
5.0 out of 5 stars Griping / Sad / Humbling........
Having watched the film I was eager to follow this up by reading the more in-depth account given in the book. And I must say I wasn't disappointed. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Dan
4.0 out of 5 stars Restrepo and The Brotherhood
If I could recommend a book about our American soldiers to every American, 'War' would be the one. I thought I knew what war was like, I knew nothing. Read more
Published 10 months ago by prisrob
5.0 out of 5 stars Gutsy realism
Maybe not as gripping or in depth account as perhaps the Generation Kill account of life with a US Marine unit in Iraq, but a vivid scene setting narrative of life in an isolated... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars gripping
this is an excellent book, which captures the excitement, boredom, bloodiness and brotherhood of fighting men. Read more
Published 11 months ago by G. F. Underwood
5.0 out of 5 stars I believe it to be a shocking but honest account.
Very detailed and personal moving accounts of a nasty conflict that shows the total brutality and futility
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