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Sebastian Junger - Author

About the Author

Sebastian Junger is the New York Times bestselling author of A Death in Belmont and Fire. He is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair, and has been awarded a National Magazine Award and an SAIS Novartis Prize for journalism. He lives in New York City.

Featured books by Sebastian Junger

Other books by Sebastian Junger

Tribe On Homecoming and Belonging

Tribe On Homecoming and Belonging

Author: Sebastian Junger Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2017

From the author of THE PERFECT STORM and WAR comes a book about why men miss war, why Londoners missed the Blitz, and what we can all learn from American Indian captives who refused to go home. Tribe is a look at post-traumatic stress disorder and the challenges veterans face returning to society. Using his background in anthropology, Sebastian Junger argues that the problem lies not with vets or with the trauma they've suffered, but with the society to which they are trying to return. One of the most puzzling things about veterans who experience PTSD is that the majority never even saw combat-and yet they feel deeply alienated and out of place back home. The reason may lie in our natural inclination, as a species, to live in groups of thirty to fifty people who are entirely reliant on one another for safety, comfort and a sense of meaning: in short, the life of a soldier. It is one of the ironies of the modern age that as affluence rises in a society, so do rates of suicide, depression and of course PTSD. In a wealthy society people don't need to cooperate with one another, so they often lead much lonelier lives that lead to psychological distress. There is a way for modern society to reverse this trend, however, and studying how veterans react to coming home may provide a clue to how to do it. But it won't be easy.

Tribe

Tribe

Author: Sebastian Junger Format: eBook Release Date: 16/06/2016

From the author of THE PERFECT STORM and WAR comes a book about why men miss war, why Londoners missed the Blitz, and what we can all learn from American Indian captives who refused to go home. Tribe is a look at post-traumatic stress disorder and the challenges veterans face returning to society. Using his background in anthropology, Sebastian Junger argues that the problem lies not with vets or with the trauma they've suffered, but with the society to which they are trying to return. One of the most puzzling things about veterans who experience PTSD is that the majority never even saw combat-and yet they feel deeply alienated and out of place back home. The reason may lie in our natural inclination, as a species, to live in groups of thirty to fifty people who are entirely reliant on one another for safety, comfort and a sense of meaning: in short, the life of a soldier. It is one of the ironies of the modern age that as affluence rises in a society, so do rates of suicide, depression and of course PTSD. In a wealthy society people don't need to cooperate with one another, so they often lead much lonelier lives that lead to psychological distress. There is a way for modern society to reverse this trend, however, and studying how veterans react to coming home may provide a clue to how to do it. But it won't be easy.

Tribe On Homecoming and Belonging

Tribe On Homecoming and Belonging

Author: Sebastian Junger Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/06/2016

From the author of THE PERFECT STORM and WAR comes a book about why men miss war, why Londoners missed the Blitz, and what we can all learn from American Indian captives who refused to go home. Tribe is a look at post-traumatic stress disorder and the challenges veterans face returning to society. Using his background in anthropology, Sebastian Junger argues that the problem lies not with vets or with the trauma they've suffered, but with the society to which they are trying to return. One of the most puzzling things about veterans who experience PTSD is that the majority never even saw combat-and yet they feel deeply alienated and out of place back home. The reason may lie in our natural inclination, as a species, to live in groups of thirty to fifty people who are entirely reliant on one another for safety, comfort and a sense of meaning: in short, the life of a soldier. It is one of the ironies of the modern age that as affluence rises in a society, so do rates of suicide, depression and of course PTSD. In a wealthy society people don't need to cooperate with one another, so they often lead much lonelier lives that lead to psychological distress. There is a way for modern society to reverse this trend, however, and studying how veterans react to coming home may provide a clue to how to do it. But it won't be easy.

Tribe

Tribe

Author: Sebastian Junger Format: eBook Release Date: 24/05/2016

Now a New York Times bestseller We have a strong instinct to belong to small groups defined by clear purpose and understanding--"e;tribes."e; This tribal connection has been largely lost in modern society, but regaining it may be the key to our psychological survival. Decades before the American Revolution, Benjamin Franklin lamented that English settlers were constantly fleeing over to the Indians-but Indians almost never did the same. Tribal society has been exerting an almost gravitational pull on Westerners for hundreds of years, and the reason lies deep in our evolutionary past as a communal species. The most recent example of that attraction is combat veterans who come home to find themselves missing the incredibly intimate bonds of platoon life. The loss of closeness that comes at the end of deployment may explain the high rates of post-traumatic stress disorder suffered by military veterans today. Combining history, psychology, and anthropology, TRIBE explores what we can learn from tribal societies about loyalty, belonging, and the eternal human quest for meaning. It explains the irony that-for many veterans as well as civilians-war feels better than peace, adversity can turn out to be a blessing, and disasters are sometimes remembered more fondly than weddings or tropical vacations. TRIBE explains why we are stronger when we come together, and how that can be achieved even in today's divided world.

Der Sturm

Der Sturm

Author: Sebastian Junger Format: eBook Release Date: 14/10/2015

Oktober 1991, Nordatlantik: Ein Hurrikan, ein Zyklon und eine arktische Kaltfront vereinigen sich zu einem Jahrhundert-Sturm. Mitten hinein in diesen "e;perfekten Sturm"e;, wie ihn Meteorologen nennen, steuern sechs Fischer auf dem Fangboot "e;Andrea Gail"e;. Ein aussichtsloser Kampf ums Uberleben beginnt. "e;Der Sturm"e;, New York Times- und Spiegel-Bestseller und Vorlage fr den gleichnamigen Hollywood-Film, gilt als modernes Meisterwerk. Sebastian Junger gelingt es, Berichte von Seeleuten, von Rettungskrften und Wissenschaftlern, aber auch die Erinnerungen der Familien im Fischerort Gloucester an der Kste von Maine in einer Dichte zu verweben, wie man sie bis dahin nicht kannte. Ein realer Thriller von der Gewalt der Elemente.

War

War

Author: Sebastian Junger Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/05/2011

From the author of The Perfect Storm, a gripping book about Sebastian Junger's almost fatal year with the 2nd battalion of the American Army. For 15 months, Sebastian Junger accompanied a single platoon of thirty men from the celebrated 2nd battalion of the U.S. Army, as they fought their way through a remote valley in Eastern Afghanistan. Over the course of five trips, Junger was in more firefights than he could count, men he knew were killed or wounded, and he himself was almost killed. His relationship with these soldiers grew so close that they considered him part of the platoon, and he enjoyed an access and a candidness that few, if any, journalists ever attain. But this is more than just a book about Afghanistan or the 'War on Terror'; it is a book about the universal truth of all men, in all wars. Junger set out to answer what he thought of as the 'hand grenade question': why would a man throw himself on a hand grenade to save other men he has probably known for only a few months? The answer is elusive but profound, and goes to the heart of what it means not just to be a soldier, but to be human. `War' is a narrative about combat: the fear of dying, the trauma of killing and the love between platoon-mates who would rather die than let each other down. Gripping, honest, intense, it explores the neurological, psychological and social elements of combat, and the incredible bonds that form between these small groups of men.

The Perfect Storm A True Story of Men Against the Sea

The Perfect Storm A True Story of Men Against the Sea

Author: Sebastian Junger Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/06/2009

It was the storm of the century, boasting waves over one hundred feet high-a tempest created by so rare a combination of factors that meteorologists deemed it the perfect storm. In a book that has become a classic, Sebastian Junger explores the history of the fishing industry, the science of storms, and the candid accounts of the people whose lives the storm touched. The Perfect Storm is a real-life thriller that makes us feel like we've been caught, helpless, in the grip of a force of nature beyond our understanding or control. Winner of the American Library Association's 1998 Alex Award.

Death in Belmont

Death in Belmont

Author: Sebastian Junger Format: eBook Release Date: 09/05/2006

In 1963, with the city of Boston already terrified by a series of savage crimes known as the Boston Stranglings, a murder occurred in the quiet suburb of Belmont, just a few blocks from the house of Sebastian Junger's family -- a murder that seemed to fit exactly the pattern of the Strangler. Roy Smith, a black man who had cleaned the victim's house that day, was arrested, tried, and convicted, but the terror of the Strangler continued.Two years later, Albert DeSalvo, a handyman who had been working at the Jungers' home on the day of the Belmont murder, and had often spent time there alone with Sebastian and his mother, confessed in lurid detail to being the Boston Strangler.This is the point of entry to Junger's first book-length project since The Perfect Storm: a narrowly averted tragedy for Junger's family opens out into an electrifying exploration of race and justice in America. By turns exciting and subtle, the narrative chronicles three lives that collide -- and are ultimately destroyed -- in the vortex of one of the first and most controversial serial murder cases in America. The power of the story and the brilliance of Junger's reporting place this book on the short shelf of classics beside In Cold Blood and Helter Skelter.Read by Kevin Conway

A Death in Belmont

A Death in Belmont

Author: Sebastian Junger Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/05/2006

In the spring of 1963, the quiet suburb of Belmont, Massachusetts, is rocked by a shocking sex murder that exactly fits the pattern of the Boston Strangler. Sensing a break in the case that has paralyzed the city of Boston, the police track down a black man, Roy Smith, who cleaned the victim's house that day and left a receipt with his name on the kitchen counter. Smith is hastily convicted of the Belmont murder, but the terror of the Strangler continues. On the day of the murder, Albert DeSalvo-the man who would eventually confess in lurid detail to the Strangler's crimes-is also in Belmont, working as a carpenter at the Jungers' home. In this spare, powerful narrative, Sebastian Junger chronicles three lives that collide-and ultimately are destroyed-in the vortex of one of the first and most controversial serial murder cases in America.

The Perfect Storm A True Story of Man Against the Sea

The Perfect Storm A True Story of Man Against the Sea

Author: Sebastian Junger Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2006

The worst storm in history seem from the wheelhouse of a doomed fishing trawler; a mesmerisingly vivid account of a natural hell from a perspective that offers no escape. The `perfect storm' is a once-in-a-hundred-years combination: a high pressure system from the Great Lakes, running into storm winds over an Atlantic island - Sable Island - and colliding with a weather system from the Caribbean: Hurricane Grace. This is the story of that storm, told through the accounts of individual fishing boats caught up in the maelstrom, their families waiting anxiously for news of their return, the rescue services scrambled to save them. It is the story of the old battle between the fisherman and the sea, between man and Nature, but here Nature is an awesome and capricious power that transforms the surface of the Atlantic into an impossible tumult of water walls and gaping voids, with the capacity to break an oil tanker in two, let alone the 72ft swordfishing boat Andrea Gail with her crew of eight. A typical Hurricane encompasses a million cubic miles of atmosphere and can contain enough energy to, in theory, meet the electric power needs of the UK for a decade. Except that a hurricane will not be controlled. In spare, lyrical prose `The Perfect Storm' describes what happened when the Andrea Gail looked into the wrathful face of the perfect storm.

Fire

Fire

Author: Sebastian Junger Format: eBook Release Date: 22/11/2005

For readers and viewers of The Perfect Storm, opening this long-awaited new work by Sebastian Junger will be like stepping off the deck of the Andrea Gail and into the inferno of a fire burning out of control in the steep canyons of Idaho. Here is the same meticulous prose brought to bear on the inner workings of a terrifying elemental force; here is a cast of characters risking everything in an effort to bring that force under control.Few writers have been to so many desperate corners of the globe as has Sebastian Junger; fewer still have provided such starkly memorable evocations of characters and events. From the murderous mechanics of the diamond trade in Sierra Leone to the logic of guerrilla warfare in Afghanistan and the forensics of genocide in Kosovo, this new collection of Junger's nonfiction will take you places you wouldn't dream of going to on your own.

Fire

Fire

Author: Sebastian Junger Format: eBook Release Date: 11/10/2005

For readers and viewers of The Perfect Storm, opening this long-awaited new work by Sebastian Junger will be like stepping off the deck of the Andrea Gail and into the inferno of a fire burning out of control in the steep canyons of Idaho. Here is the same meticulous prose brought to bear on the inner workings of a terrifying elemental force; here is a cast of characters risking everything in an effort to bring that force under control.Few writers have been to so many desperate corners of the globe as has Sebastian Junger; fewer still have provided such starkly memorable evocations of characters and events. From the murderous mechanics of the diamond trade in Sierra Leone to the logic of guerrilla warfare in Afghanistan and the forensics of genocide in Kosovo, this new collection of Junger's nonfiction will take you places you wouldn't dream of going to on your own.

Macmillan Readers Perfect Storm The Intermediate Reader

Macmillan Readers Perfect Storm The Intermediate Reader

Author: Sebastian Junger Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2005

Selbstorganisation, Lernkultur und Kompetenzentwicklung

Selbstorganisation, Lernkultur und Kompetenzentwicklung

Author: Sebastian Junger Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/03/2004

Sebastian Junger prasentiert eine grundlagentheoretische Fundierung der Konzepte Selbstorganisation, Kompetenz, Lernen, Wissen, Konnen, Kultur. Zentrale Phanomenbereiche sind Bewusstsein, Kommunikation, Interaktion und Kultur. Bei der Systematisierung der zu beobachtenden und zu beschreibenden Prozesse berucksichtigt der Autor die spezifischen Voraussetzungen und Unterschiede zwischen den Phanomenbereichen, gibt aber dennoch mit einer integrativen Terminologie und einem innovativen Denkwerkzeug eine einheitliche Beschreibung.

Kognition, Kommunikation, Kultur Aspekte Integrativer Theoriearbeit

Kognition, Kommunikation, Kultur Aspekte Integrativer Theoriearbeit

Author: Sebastian Junger Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/12/2002