- Publisher: FOURTH ESTATE LTD
- Format: Hardback | 300 pages
- Dimensions: 141mm x 222mm x 31mm | 489g
- Publication date: 27 May 2010
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0007337701
- ISBN 13: 9780007337705
- Illustrations note: 1 map
- Sales rank: 39,520
From the author of The Perfect Storm, a gripping book about Sebastian Junger's almost-fatal year with the 2nd battalion of the American Army. They were known as "The Rock." For one year, in 2007-2008, Sebastian Junger accompanied a single platoon of thirty men from the storied 2nd battalion of the U.S. Army, as they fought their way through a remote valley in Eastern Afghanistan. Over the course of five trips, Junger was in more firefights than he can count, men he knew were killed or wounded, and he himself was almost killed. His relationship with these soldiers grew so close that they considered him part of the platoon, and he enjoyed an access and a candidness that few, if any, journalists ever attain. War is a narrative about combat: the fear of dying, the trauma of killing and the love between platoon-mates who would rather die than let each other down. Gripping, honest, intense, War explores the neurological, psychological and social elements of combat, and the incredible bonds that form between these small groups of men. This is not a book about Afghanistan or the 'War on Terror'; it is a book about the universal truth of all men, in all wars. Junger set out to answer what he thought of as the 'hand grenade question': why would a man throw himself on a hand grenade to save other men he has probably known for only a few months? The answer elusive but profound, and goes to the heart of what it means not just to be a soldier, but to be human.
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Sebastian Junger is the bestselling author of The Perfect Storm and A Death in Belmont. 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.
By A.W. van Gelder 20 Dec 2010
Another book on Afghanistan, another journalist who wants to write about the 'real' thing and what terrible things he experienced (even though he was just looking for it!), blah.
That's what I thought about this book, but this book is NOT like that! Yes, Junger is a journalist, but not a thrillseeking, self-pitying one. He writes the story from a down to earth perspective and he writes about what he experiences and what he talks about with the soldiers.
And thÃ???Ã??Ã?Â¡t makes his story interesting, even fascinating and for this his book will earn a spot on the reading list for young officers and NCO's as well as for young soldiers. But also the generals can learn a lot from the stories from the soldiers who are doing a great job in their remote valley.
By Janelle Langford 02 Sep 2010
Truly an amazing piece of writing, every non military person should read this book and get a feeling of what these wonderful guys go through, to understand why they will die for each other. Ordinary people just take soldiers for granted and only think they know what they actually go through. Pick it up and read it is what I say.
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