by Sebastian Junger
Editor: HarperCollins Publishers
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From the author of The Perfect Storm, a book gripping grip on Sebastian Junger is almost fatal year with the 2nd Battalion of the American Army.For 15 months, Sebastian Junger accompanied by a single platoon of 30 men from the famous 2nd Battalion of the US Army, as they fought their way through a remote valley in eastern Afghanistan.During the five journeys, Junger also had the battles he could count, the men he knew were killed or wounded, and he himself was almost killed.His relationship with these soldiers had been so close that they considered him to be part of the platoon, and he enjoyed access and sincerity that some, if any, journalists never reached.But it is more than just a book about Afghanistan or the “War on Terrorism”; it is a book about the universal truth of all men and women in all wars.Junger undertook to answer what he considered to be the hand grenade question: why would a man throw himself on a grenade to save other men he probably experienced a period of a few months.The answer is difficult to understand but profound, and goes to the heart of what it takes not only to be a soldier, but to be human.The “war” is a story about combat: the fear of dying, the trauma of killing it and the love between a platoon of comrades who prefer to die rather than leave each other.Gripping, honest, intense, he explores the neurological, psychological and social elements of the fight, and the incredible links that are formed between these small groups of men.
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