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Fourth Estate, 2010 - Afghan War, 2001- - 286 pages
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They were known as "The Rock." For one year, in 2007-2008, Sebastian Junger accompanied a single platoon of thirty men from the storied 2nd battalion of the U.S. Army, as they fought their way through a remote valley in Eastern Afghanistan. Over the course of five trips, Junger was in more firefights than he can count, men he knew were killed or wounded, and he himself was almost killed. His relationship with these soldiers grew so close that they considered him part of the platoon, and he enjoyed an access and a candidness that few, if any, journalists ever attain. WAR is a narrative about combat: the fear of dying, the trauma of killing and the love between platoon-mates who would rather die than let each other down.

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User Review  - danoomistmatiste - LibraryThing

You are thrown amidst the blood and gore of the war in Afghanistan. What makes people go to the frontlines and put their lives at enormous risk fighting a shadow enemy that is not even a professional fighting force or army, driven mainly by some false and perverted ideology. Read full review

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User Review  - marshapetry - LibraryThing

War? that's a stretch - more like govt-sponsored MMA games. Basically another circle jerk combat story about macho cool testosterone-filled young guys trying to be as cool as they can be. This wasn't ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Sebastian Junger is the bestselling author of The Perfect Storm and A Death in Belmont. He is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair, and has been awarded a National Magazine Award and an SAIS Novartis Prize for journalism. He lives in New York.

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