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Publisher's Summary

For readers and viewers of The Perfect Storm, opening this long-awaited work by Sebastian Junger will be like stepping off the deck of the Andrea Gail and into the inferno of a fire burning out of control in the steep canyons of Idaho. Here is the same meticulous prose brought to bear on the inner workings of a terrifying elemental force; here is a cast of characters risking everything in an effort to bring that force under control. Few writers have been to so many desperate corners of the globe as has Sebastian Junger; fewer still have provided such starkly memorable evocations of characters and events. From the murderous mechanics of the diamond trade in Sierra Leone to the logic of guerrilla warfare in Afghanistan and the forensics of genocide in Kosovo, this new collection of Junger's nonfiction will take you places you wouldn't dream of going to on your own.
©2001 Sebastian Junger; (P)2001 HarperCollins Publishers
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Critic Reviews

"Danger junkies rejoice!" (Publishers Weekly)
"Well worth the time, Junger's varied writings make the listener as peripatetic as the author." (AudioFile)
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By matthew on 09-20-11

Some good and some soso stories

The stories about fireman were exciting,but maybe ran on a little long for my taste.The story of whaling made me want to read Moby Dick.The story about Cyprus and its ongoing disputed territory was more political than adventurous.The history of our crazy world continues to evolve and even with all of our modern engineering marvels civil unrest and lack of vision continue to pit man against man and country against country in a never ending quest to gain space in an ever shrinking world.

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By Scotty on 08-20-13

The title is misleading.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If even half the book would have been about fire or firefigthers.

What was most disappointing about Sebastian Junger’s story?

Very little is about fire.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator did his job fine.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not many, the first chapters are about fire, and don't get very deep into them. It's more like long news reports.The book then goes off into totally unrelated subjects.

Any additional comments?

When it got into whales and war, I kept forwarding through little be little. I kept thinking "This is just me being impatient, this is a round about way to get to the consequences of the fire." Nope no fire, no firefighters, just stuff i didn't buy this book to hear about.

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