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    War (Fourth Estate) (Paperback) By (author) Sebastian Junger


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    DescriptionFrom the author of The Perfect Storm, a gripping book about Sebastian Junger's almost fatal year with the 2nd battalion of the American Army. For 15 months, Sebastian Junger accompanied a single platoon of thirty men from the celebrated 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 could 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. But this is more than just 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 is elusive but profound, and goes to the heart of what it means not just to be a soldier, but to be human. '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, it explores the neurological, psychological and social elements of combat, and the incredible bonds that form between these small groups of men.

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    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Sebastian Junger
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 300
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 24 mm
    Weight: 222 g
    ISBN 13: 9780007337712
    ISBN 10: 000733771X

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    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T18.2
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    Illustrations note
    HarperCollins Publishers
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    Publication date
    12 May 2011
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    Author Information
    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.
    Review quote
    '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