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I joined the Marine Corps at 17, I invaded Iraq when I was 18 and I fought in Fallujah when I was 19. I then served as the platoon sergeant at the local guard unit while going to college. No book I have ever read about war has ever captured what it all means, not like this one has. This book should be mandatory reading for anyone that serves this country in any capacity.
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This book is an essential read. It gives us great insight into the human condition.
Junger opens the book with the story of a homeless man unsuccessful finding day labor who, upon seeing the young Junger hitchhiking, walks out to the highway and offers him his lunch - probably the only food he had. It wasn't just the kindness, Junger observes - it was that this man who had nothing took responsibility for a fellow human.
The rest of the book is a combination of Junger's experience as a war correspondent, anthropological insight about human evolution in small groups responsible for each other, and the downside of our overly affluent society where we're no longer needed. The veterans I know that have read it think he has nailed it - the reason so many of our vets, surrounded in small groups by others who would die for them, lose so much when they come back to a society filled with isolation and living life on screen.
It's a short book, and Junger's journalistic style is direct, clear and full of punch. A very approachable narrative and so illuminating.
Read by Junger himself, in his raspy, just-out-of-the-field voice, a perfect match.
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