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Fire by Sebastian Junger
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Mar 21, 08

While I couldn't get through The Perfect Storm, Fire was amazing.

As with so many of my book purchases, an npr interview with the author had me excited about the publication of the book, but I didn't rush right out and buy it as soon as it was published because I figured that if I waited a few weeks, it would show up on the bestseller lists (which would mean a significant discount). After the raging success of The Perfect Storm, I didn't see how it could be otherwise.

If the book ever did make an appearance on the bestseller list, I missed it, but once I read the book I understood why.

He is reporting from the war zones of Kashmir, Sierra Leone and Kosovo. The pieces in Fire are well-written and incisive (as opposed to the random, wandering, fragmented style of The Perfect Storm), but the subject matter is often the sort of things that people in the United States don't like to think about.

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