Sunday, June 6, 2010

War by Sebastian Junger: A Book About Soldiers Fighting the War in Afghanistan

Sebastian Junger, the author of "A Perfect Storm", has finished a new book.  It is entitled "War" and the book is about his time with an Army unit in eastern Afghanistan.  He based the book on his trips to the Korengal Valley during 2007 and 2008.  While there he spent time with an Army platoon during their 15-month long tour in Afghanistan.  The Koregal Valley was a tough place to serve - the U.S. has since moved its troops out of this valley (as of May 2010) ceding it to the enemy.  Junger provides a close up view of the young men that fight this war.  Junger wrote an article about his trips to the Koregal Valley and later expanded the article into his book.  The magazine article can be found at "Into the Valley of Death", Vanity Fair, January 2008.

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