The book first came to my attention when I read some months ago on Tumblr that Tim Hetherington, a photojournalist, had died.
He was with Sebastian Junger (whom I’ve heard of from elsewhere) throughout the book and helped film the award winning war documentary Restrepo (which I’ll be watching tonight). Maybe it was my brother that told me about Junger, I now remember him saying he had a guy in his Company that was in Restrepo.
Anyways, a good read, Junger’s main goal was to write about how soldiers actually felt in battle as opposed to thoughts and mindless interviews. I feel the need to point out that Junger and Hetherington also stayed with Battle Company for the entirety of the 15 month deployment with normal leave at a remote Afghan outpost.
Concerning what I thought was extremely unique, from the book’s blurb,
Junger draws on biology, psychology, and military history to explain the decisions they make and put thei ordeals into context.
Give it a try if you’re into the genre.
Rest in Peace Tim Hetherington