Books by Sebastian Junger
NPR stories about Sebastian Junger
Much talked-about novels arrive this week: Emma Donoghue's Room, about a captive mother and child, Justin Cronin's apocalyptic vampire novel The Passage, and Brady Udall's The Lonely Polygamist. In nonfiction, there's Sebastian Junger's War in Afghanistan, and Robert McCrum explains how English become the world's common tongue.
Even in boom times, family conversations about politics, money and race tend to be explosive, and arguments get even more heated when times are tough. Consuming this year's feast of great nonfiction books will deepen your knowledge of our struggling world — and maybe guarantee victory at the dinner table.
In his latest book, War, Sebastian Junger, author of The Perfect Storm, once more reveals his gift for riveting storytelling. NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson says readers won't get any closer to the front lines in Afghanistan unless they enlist. But the book fails to achieve a more nuanced look at the tangled politics of this particular war and the Afghans themselves.
The author visited Afghanistan's Korengal Valley five times in 2007 and 2008 as a reporter embedded with part of the U.S. Army's 173rd Airborne Brigade as it attempted to thwart the Taliban in rough mountain terrain.
Reza Deghati is considered among the world's great photojournalists. He has traveled the globe for nearly 30 years, bearing witness to wars, unrest, great leaders and the courage of ordinary people trapped by history.
Sebastian Junger set out to write a book about a murder that occurred in the quiet neighborhood where he grew up. For Junger, the story of who killed Bessie Goldberg hit close to home in more than one way.