Published Dec. 13, 2010 by Twelve.

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4 stars (3 reviews)

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, Junger 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 single platoon through a 15-month tour of duty in the most dangerous outpost in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley. Through the experiences of these young men at war, he shows what it means to fight, to serve, and to face down mortal danger on a daily basis.

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Review of 'War' on Goodreads

3 stars

Probably just watch 'Restrepo', there's little added and the movie conveys the oppressive punishment and ecstatic adrenaline and pointless military imbalance of this group of frontline infantry in Afghanistan more viscerally and quicker. [Also, more Hettinger than Junger.]

Review of 'War' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Solid, harrowing account of random senseless battles in Afghanistan. Somewhat romanticized (everyone mentioned is a hero) but still felt realistic. Ugly ugly stuff.

Probably more of a 3.5 book, as I didn't really get much insight into either the soldiers or the war. And the tenses kept getting mixed up. But still worth reading.

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