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War by Sebastian Junger
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Jul 07, 2010

bookshelves: 2010-audio-books, 2010-nonfiction

War, by Sebastian Junger, A. narrated by the author, produced by Hachette Audio, downloaded from audible.com.

Junger spent time over a 15-month period in the most dangerous and isolated outposts of Afghanistan with an American platoon. He didn’t stay there the full 15 months, but he dipped in and out of this platoon for a month at a time, shared their discomfort, their fears, and the heartbreak of trying to integrate themselves back into society when their tours of duty were over. Junger did not carry a weapon. He maintained his presence as a journalist, and his photographer didn’t carry a weapon. But he has managed to write an impressive hard look at the various aspects of combat, what it does to men, (there were only men at this outpost) the good and the bad aspects. Having him read the book aloud was an unexpected bonus. He also was interviewed by a Hachette editor at the end of the book. He said, and one can hear it in the narration, that reading the book aloud after so many months put him right back in the middle of the events and brought up many emotions for him. Also, in conjunction with this book, he and his photographer put together a documentary for ABC’s Night Line.

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