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In his breakout bestseller The Perfect Storm Sebastian Junger created a wild ride that brilliantly captures the awesome power of the raging sea and the often futile attempts of humans to withstand it Los Angeles Times Book Review Now Junge. Stupendously brilliant and enlightening book I understand the appeal of war much now It's nothing to do with altruism and everything to do with an uber boy's club guns and adrenaline I understand men a lot now too This book should be reuired reading for the parents and girlfriends of the young men who have enlisted in the military It isn't what anyone would actually want to hear no one much cares about the political reasons for prosecuting the war everyone likes firing guns at the enemy It's like watching half a dozen nine year old boys with cap guns dodging around trees throwing themselves on the ground pretending to be dead not capturing anyone just shooting and kids shouting out 'no fair' and getting shot anyway here all the other boys laugh Its just like that only ten years later and with real ammunition War will never end when it provides thrills like that

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War By Sebastian JungR turns his brilliant and empathetic eye to the reality of combat the fear the honor and the trust among men in an extreme situation whose survival depends on their absolute commitment to one another His on the ground account follows a sin. This book was a gripping and moving read for me Junger renders an account of the experience a platoon stationed at a remote outpost in northern Afghanistan near the Pakistan border He calls it “the tip of the spear” in the war effort because the units stationed in this mountain valley the Korengal saw continuous fighting than elsewhere in the war Junger was physically embedded with these men for five one month periods between 2007 and 2008 and he was clearly emotionally embedded too This was a dangerous work as he was exposed to near misses from rifle shots and mortar rounds at camp and on aggressive patrols and was subject to an IED attack of his vehicle on a convoy run The experience allowed him to capture significant insights on the ability of soldiers in combat to harness the “band of brothers” mentality and surmount fears and work effectively as a team in the face of intense dangers Firebase Restopo Named after a beloved medic who died the base served to prevent use of the valley for staging attacks on the nearby the Pech River Valley where a larger effort was devoted to efforts of preventing Taliban insurgents and arms from entering the country This slice of life of one platoon of 20 in the Battle Company of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team reveals a lot about war in general and the special features on this particular war The difficult terrain and logistical challenges of this area contributed to the inability of Alexander the British and Soviets to subdue the region All the advanced technology the Americans could put at play here Apache helicopter gunships Stealth bombers advanced artillery and unmanned drones could not dispel the need for soldiers in place to intercede with the passage of Taliban forces from Pakistan and to work to win over the hearts and minds of local Pashtun populations needed to support them As American citizens who put these young men in harm’s way we owe it to them to honor their sacrifice and learn about their efforts This book as well as the documentary “Restopo” and recently released “Korengal” that Junger produced with Tim Hetherington are monumental achievements in fulfilling that need Combat was a game that the United States had asked Second Platoon to become very good at and once they had the United States had put them on a hilltop without women hot food running water communication with the outside world or any kind of entertainment for over a year Not that men were complaining but that sort of thing has conseuences In a every crude sense the job of young men is to undertake the work that their fathers are too old for and the current generation of American fathers has decided that a certain six mile long valley in Kunar Province needs to be brought under military controlNearly fifty American soldiers have died carrying out those orders I’m not saying that’s a lot or a little but the cost does need to be acknowledged Soldiers themselves are reluctant to evaluate the costs of war for some reason the closer you are to combat the less inclined you are to uestion it but someone must That evaluation ongoing and unadulterated by politics may be the one thing a country absolutely owes the soldiers who defend its bordersJunger strives hard to be objective but he can’t help identifying with the soldiers He earned their respect and was paid with honesty He found they all wanted to be there He was subject to no censorship in any way He makes a point of the difference from the situation with the Vietnam War Vietnam was considered a morally dubious war that was fought by draftees while the rest of the nation was dropping acid and listening to Jimi Hendrix Afghanistan on the other hand was being fought by volunteers who or less respected their commanders and had the gratitude of the vast majority of Americans back home If you imagined that your job as a reporter was to buddy up to the troops and tell the “real” story of how they were dying in a senseless war you were in for a surprise The commanders would realize would realize you were operating off a particular kind of cultural programming and would try to change your mind but the men wouldn’t bother They’d just refuse to talk to you until you left their baseJunger takes pains to explain how ideology or motivation for manly glory plays no part in accounting for why the men here achieved what is judged as courage What Junger witnessed backed up by historical studies confirms that debilitating fear happens less when the soldier has a sense of active control or choice in his fate even when objectively the danger is high Conversely the random risk associated with roadway IEDs defeat these advantages and all one’s skills mean nothing Love for his fellow soldier is the most potent factor in his view to account for why so many are willing to risk their own safety and lives to come to the aid of another in trouble What he saw and what he shares from research reveals how most PTSD outcomes arise from the experience of the injury or death of a platoon mate rather than threats or injury to himself The Army might screw you and your girlfriend might dump you and the enemy might kill you but the shared commitment to safeguard one another’s lives is unnegotiable and only deepens wit time The willingness to die for another person is a form of love that even religions fail to inspire and the experience of it changes the person profoundly What the Army sociologists with their clipboards and their uestions and their endless meta analyses slowly came to understand was that courage was love In war neither could exist without the other and in a sense they were just different ways of saying the same thing Junger’s reporting makes these capabilities to act in ways contrary to drives for individual survival come powerfully alive In interludes he explains well the history of these ideas He also pauses in the high octane narrative to provide useful summaries on human physiology of soldiers in combat From training and personality some excel in this business of killing and avoiding being killed Junger identifies the scope of the addictive jolt and secret pleasures many soldiers experience in this work There is some sense of potency in the rush of success at riding the wave on the cusp of death and surviving War is supposed to feel bad because undeniably bad things happen in it but for a nineteen year old at the working end of a50 cal during a firefight that everyone comes out of okay war is life multiplied by some number that no one has ever heard of In some ways twenty minutes of combat is life than you could scrape together in a lifetime of doing something else Combat isn’t were you might die—though that does happen—it’s where you find out whether you get to keep on livingThese guys are the ones who have trouble accommodating to the mundane concerns civilian life where success takes cumbersome efforts They are the ones who re enlist for a job they know they can do well achieve a special sense of belonging and reap the thrills of effective action Junger looks at the details of the brave and resourceful actions of Staff Sergeant Giunta who was awarded a Medal of Honor in 2010 Under a well executed enemy ambush that split his platoon and killed two Giunta raced into a hail of bullets to retrieve an injured man and coordinated a critical reuniting of their forces As President Obama notes at the award ceremony Giunta echoes Audie Murphy from World War 2 in stating that he didn’t do anything special and that he was just doing his job to assure that fallen comrade was not left behind To probe deeper for the how and why of this capacity Junger constantly walks the boundaries between seeing the affinity of some men for combat in pathological terms such as addiction and accounting for it as something tied in with core characteristics in human nature Collective defense can be so compelling—so addictive in fact—that eventually it becomes the rationale for why the group exists in the first place I think almost every man at Restopo secretly hoped the enemy would make a serious try at overrunning the place before the deployment came to an end It was everyone’s worst nightmare but also the thing they hoped for most some ultimate demonstration of the bond and fighting ability of the menHe would have done better to leave it there It is fair to speculate a bit on linkages to the natural systems of reward in the brain but his trying to explain the motivations for combat to dopamine systems is a circular explanation that adds nothing to understanding in my view And to point toward a likely evolutionary basis in brain wiring for collective defense to the point of suicidal action went too far in leaving the impression there is consensus on war and humans as killer apes in being biologically determined There is plenty of innovative achievement in this book in its elucidation of men in combat without reaching for dubious “ultimate” explanations Sebastian Junger