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Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging Hardcover – May 24, 2016
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 9.3 ounces
- Hardcover : 192 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781455566389
- ISBN-13 : 978-1455566389
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 0.75 x 7.75 inches
- Publisher : Twelve; 1st edition (May 24, 2016)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : 1455566381
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Now, years later, a libertarian-conservative, I had even allowed myself to hold the political left in contempt. This book shames me and I suspect that in that regard the book will even affect change in me.
I'm supposed to be writing about this book, not myself, but for me the book was not just interesting and informative. It opened up something long suppressed and I am grateful.
If you are a vet you should read it. If you are so highly partisan that you regard those other guys as evil, please read it.
It's not just a good book.
Tribe focuses on the growing disconnect we’re experiencing with one another as a society, and the far reaching consequences of that disconnect. It’s an eye-opening letter to the American public that politely reminds us that we’ve lost our way when it comes to being a closer knit community as a whole.
Not always, of course. In his book, he touches on how tragedies such as 9/11 brings us closer - albeit briefly. But once the dust settles, we fall back to our old ways.
This is not a book about war, the military, or PTSD. It’s about the loss of belonging, caring for our fellow man as we do about the ones closest to us. He uses a parable about a brief encounter he has with a homeless man as a young adult. The man sees that he’s on a backpacking trip on his own and asks if he has enough food for his trip. The young Junger, afraid of being mugged for his supplies, lies and tells the man that he has just a little food to last him. The homeless man tells Junger he’ll never make it on what he has and hands him his lunch bag that he more than likely received from a homeless shelter - probably the only meal the homeless man would have the entire day. Sebastian feels horrible about himself after that, but uses that lesson as a parable for Tribe.
Think of your fellow man before thinking of yourself. Because without that sense of humanism, togetherness, belonging, we’re all dead inside.
He has three sons, all eligible to serve in the military, none of them having done so, and neither had he.
Many years hence, following North Korea's hack of Sony, my same brother implied we should go to war against Korea and not bother with Obama's
proportional approach. I reminded him we have 25-30,000 troops along the border there, and he seemed to not care.
Then I asked him if he was going to encourage any of his boys to enlist and take up arms. He emphatically told me there were plenty of people willing to go fight. That, of course, didn't answer my question, but he knew he slipped it and I simply stopped speaking to him.
What my brother was willing to do was finance the fighting. He had no intention of paying the true costs of what he advocated.
Mr. Junger's book explains why this type of attitude is so harmful to those who fight our wars and return home to a population so far removed from the wars and the troops that it affects their assimilation into the society they left, and causes us to treat them as victims instead of soldiers, and why it's never enough or even wise to simply say: "thank you for your service".
Because we limit our war exposure to so small a percentage of our citizens, men and women return home to a country completely removed from any type of knowledge of the brotherhood of soldiers, the cohesive units that draw men and women close and unites them. And it isn't just the soldiers exposed to battle that feel the effects and suffer from high rates of PTSD for longer periods because they reenter a country suddenly foreign to them. Civilians go through the same ordeal. And it occurs in America at far higher rates than other countries involved in war.
I thought this was a great read. I highly recommend it. I'm glad it made the NYT bestseller's list. Maybe people will start paying attention.
Sebastian has the bona fides to cover a topic such as this. We'd be wise to listen to what he has to say.
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If you have liked books by Robert Wright, Steven Pinker, Jonathan Haidt, or Jared Diamond, you will like this.