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Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by [Junger, Sebastian]
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‘A brilliant little book driven by a powerful idea and series of reflections … I would give this gem of an essay to anyone embarking on the understanding of human society and governance’ Evening Standard

‘An eloquent and thought-provoking book … it could help us to think more deeply about how to help men and woman battered by war to find new purpose in peace’ The Times

‘Fascinating, insightful and built on real and difficult experiences as well as a background in anthropology’ Sunday Times

‘An electrifying tapestry of history, anthropology, psychology and memoir that punctures the stereotype of the veteran as a war-damaged victim in need of salvation. Rather than asking how we can save our returning servicemen and women, Junger challenges us to take a hard look in the mirror and ask whether we can save ourselves … Tribe is a stirring clarion call for a return to solidarity. In advocating a public, shared confrontation with the psychic scars of war, Junger aims to stop trauma burning a hole through individual veterans. Such a collective catharsis might also be our best hope of healing the wounds modern society has inflicted on itself’ Guardian

‘Junger is particularly insightful when he is discussing combat soldiers and the difficulties they experience when returning from war zones … Junger is correct to draw attention to the major faultlines in affluent societies, including the dismantling of a sense of community. A growing proportion of people are suffering from clinical depression, anxiety and chronic loneliness. He rightly observes that wealth is not the route to happiness. Being loved and giving love are fundamental to human happiness and health’ Observer

‘A small, but convincingly argued, book … a good starting point for rethinking the way we live our troubled modern lives’ Daily Mail

‘Lucid and engaging’ TLS

About the Author

SEBASTIAN JUNGER is the New York Times–bestselling author of The Perfect Storm, A Death in Belmont, Fire, and War. 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.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1481 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate (16 Jun. 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B019MIIBYW
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #91,960 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
This thought-provoking account is really an extended essay. One of its themes is post traumatic stress disorder, PTSD. The work grew out of an article thaat Junger wrote for Vanity Fair in June 1915. Junger, who is a journalist, examines the medical consequences of traumatic reactions associated with warfare. His essay includes a number of first person accounts of events that took place years ago.

This account is also about being a member of a tribe which he defines as the people you feel compelled to share the last of your food with. Junger asks why is that sentiment so rare in modern society, and what are the consequences. It's about what we can learn from tribal societies about loyalty and belonging and the eternal quest for meaning. Why, he asks, do many think war feels better than peace and hardship can turn out to be a blessing. Why are disasters remembered more fondly than weddings? Junger argues 'we need to feel necessary'. Modern society has killed this feeling in many.

Read it and think about his argument. It is very thought provoking and also disturbing. It may be of interest to mention that several studies of people's memories and feelings about the London Blitz in the Second World War support Junger's thesis.

Junger provides the source of studies about warfare and modern society within the text so readers are able to verify the information for themselves.. There is also a section entitled Source Notes.
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Format: Hardcover
Tribe is a short book – or maybe an extended essay – about the impact of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder of the lives of (mainly) soldiers from around the world. This may seem a relatively familiar topic, as it is often in the news, but what makes this book different is the way in which it seeks to explain why some groups of veterans seem to suffer from PTSD more than others.

I simple terms the book seems to suggest that the variation is due to differing levels of shared commitment and community connection between the soldiers and the “back at home” community. So, soldiers who fought in unpopular wars doe less well then those that gain community support. This difference is highlighted in the differencing ways in which soldiers in Americas recent wars have coped compared to those from Israel.

While written in a ‘popular’ fashion, the author provides lists of references and sources to the studies he cites – which gives the book a greater feeling of authority than some straight ‘opinion pieces’ about the impact of war.

I’m not sure the book says anything remarkably, but what it does say, it says clearly.

I would think that this is pretty close to required reading for anybody interested in the consequences of modern war. Highly Recommended.
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Journalistic musing on the subject of PTSD and its wider implication for our forms of social organisation. The author constructs a shaky edifice of anthropological and sociological speculation on a narrow base of anecdotes and selected evidence. Junger's affection for soldiers and male bonding - this is a very male book - and his reasonable outrage at the way in which we treat our young leads him largely to overlook the negative side of 'tribal' thinking. Is it unreasonable to suggest that in an age of resurgent nationalism, religious intolerance and identity politics the idea of 'belonging' has caused at least as much harm as good?

This is essentially a long magazine article - less than 30,000 words - inflated into a book, and I came away thinking that it would have been unlikely to have been published in this form had the author not been a famous journalist. Junger's sincerity isn't in doubt, but his argument is neither new nor carefully thought through. There is an enormous literature on PTSD and its wider social significance, and only a reader completely new to the subject would be likely to get much from this. Disappointing.
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Bought this after hearing a really thought-provoking interview with this author. I hadn't come across him before but highly recommend this book, and intend to purchase his other titles.
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