WAR by Sebastian Junger

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16 Critic Reviews

Loaded with moral and political point, narrative has been recalibrated to record, honour and protest the latest, historically specific instance of futility and mess.
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Synopsis

Das Gesicht des Kriegs von heute – eine hautnahe Dokumentation


Als Korrespondent der „Vanity Fair” lebte Sebastian Junger über einen Zeitraum von insgesamt 15 Monaten zusammen mit einer Einheit von US-Soldaten im Korengal-Tal in Afghanistan, einem erbittert umkämpften Gebiet nahe der Grenze zu Pakistan. Die Angst. Das Töten. Die Liebe. Dies sind die drei Gewalten, die der Reporter erlebte, während er zusammen mit einer Gruppe junger Menschen den Alltag in einem hoch gefährdeten Außenposten zu meistern versuchte – einer umzäunten Ansammlung spärlich geschützter Bretterbuden auf einer einsamen, unwirtlichen Anhöhe im Nirgendwo. Die Angst, den nächsten Angriff, die nächste Patrouille, die nächste Nacht nicht zu überleben. Die Gewissheit, getötete Freunde, Zivilisten und Feinde sehen zu müssen, bevor die Dienstzeit im Krieg zu Ende geht und die Rückkehr in die Zivilisation verarbeitet werden will. Die Kraft, die daraus erwächst, bei jedem Schritt und jedem Handgriff Verantwortung für das Leben der anderen zu tragen.


Sebastian Junger macht deutlich, dass er nicht an Abstraktionen wie Religion, Politik oder militärischer Strategie interessiert ist, sondern daran, wie das Gesicht des Kriegs von heute aussieht. Als einer der angesehensten Journalisten und meistverkauften Buchautoren beweist Junger, dass er weit über die Grenzen dessen geht, was als „embedded” gilt. Nur zwei Dinge durfte er nicht tun: zurückschießen und im Weg stehen. Was »War« über Ort und Zeit dabei so erhaben macht, sind Jungers Ausführungen über die physischen und psychischen Extreme eines Lebens unter Beschuss und über die Gedanken und Gefühle der Soldaten. Ausgeliefert, unvorbereitet, einsam. Abhängig von der Geistesgegenwart des Nebenmanns, allein mit den traumatisierenden Erfahrungen, ohne Perspektive auf ein normales Leben nach dem Einsatz.


Ein brillanter, eindringlicher und persönlicher Mitschnitt aus dem Krieg im 21. Jahrhundert.


 

About Sebastian Junger

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Sebastian Junger is the author of A Death in Belmont and Fire. He has been awarded a National Magazine Award and an SAIS Novartis Prize for journalism. Most recently, he has been reporting on the war in Afghanistan for Vanity Fair. He lives in New York City.
 
Published April 23, 2010 by Twelve. 295 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Education & Reference, Travel, War, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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All: 16 | Positive: 9 | Negative: 7

NY Times

Below average
on May 14 2010

There’s too much telling, not enough showing. The result is that for all its closeness to the men in the field, “War” lacks the emotional power it might have had if its characters had been described in more depth.

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NY Times

Excellent
on Apr 01 2010

...a raw, brilliant account of war that may well serve as a final exorcism for one of the most painful passages in American history.

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Guardian

Below average
on Jun 12 2010

Loaded with moral and political point, narrative has been recalibrated to record, honour and protest the latest, historically specific instance of futility and mess.

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Book Reporter

Good
on Jan 24 2011

For those of us who haven’t experienced combat and never will, there’s little to do but marvel at the courage of the men he describes and the unflinching glimpse he offers us into their lives.

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Globe and Mail

Good
on May 28 2010

To say Junger is a good writer would be an understatement.

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Christian Science Monitor

Below average
on May 27 2010

Junger prefers machismo, and his unfocused, unilluminating “War” is an annoying mess...

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Dallas News

Good
on May 16 2010

With his War, Junger strips combat of its Hollywood-style glory and instructs us in its harsh realities. That is a valuable service, and War is a valuable book.

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Open Letters Monthly

Above average

War is one journalist’s perspective about the most visceral act men commit against each other.

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Oregon Live

Above average
on May 15 2010

The book is not so much about battle scenes as it is about the mundaneness and aimlessness of a war that might or might not make the world a better place.

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About.com Bestsellers

Below average
on May 11 2010

War is disorienting and...not in the least bit entertaining.

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Salon

Below average
on May 13 2010

The book certainly explains less than its grandiose, single-word title promises.

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Military.com

Good
on May 11 2010

Junger, who writes with the unadorned prose of a journalist, takes readers to forbidding places, into battles so fierce that overheated machine guns jam and gun barrels begin to melt.

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The Pacific Northwest Inlander

Below average
on Jun 02 2010

...War feels as if it was rushed into print, containing a single, weak map and no photographs of the soldiers or the landscape that the author describes in such detail.

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Publishing Perspective

Below average
on May 07 2010

You don’t have to be a former citizen to see that Sebastian Junger, War Tourist, has war wrong in a way that’s offensive to soldiers...

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Chicago Tribune

Above average
on Jun 09 2010

Junger’s great eye and honesty about the gamut of emotions that come into play in combat leave one swerving between highs, lows and the surreal...

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International Socialist Review

Above average

...a powerful and high-profile voice writing against and exposing the crimes of the decade-long, brutal and bloody war that has claimed the lives of thousands of Afghans and American soldiers.

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