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Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging Audiobook

Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging

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Publisher's Summary

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 in 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 - 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 30 to 50 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.

©2016 Sebastian Junger (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

What the Critics Say

"An incredible work of frontline journalism." (Independent, Books of the Year)
"In his acute observations of soldiers both in battle and at rest, Junger paints a vivid and realistic portrait of the fighting in Afghanistan, often bitterly funny and desperately sad." (Patrick Hennessey, Literary Review)
"The bloodiest and most compelling book you are ever likely to read on the enduring carnage in Afghanistan." (The Times)
"One of the best books about war you will ever read. Beautifully written in unshowy prose and thoughtful, honest and profound. A masterpiece of the genre." (Mail on Sunday)
"An intense account.... Junger uses his documentary skills to ask his comrades tough questions about killing, dying, loyalty and friendship. The result is a book not just about war, but about the limits of courage and, yes, love under pressure." (Guardian)
"Absorbing and original.... Junger has found a novel and interesting lens through which to view the conflict in Afghanistan, and he captures many things a lesser writer might miss." (New York Times)
"It takes a very good book to carry off a title as portentous as War, and Sebastian Junger has written one.... An outstanding war report: a precise and gripping account of some of the fiercest battles involving American soldiers in recent times." (The Economist)

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    Daylan 20/06/2017
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    "Very interesting"

    Definitley a worthwhile purchase. The discussion about warriors assimilating into society was fascinating. Would've been great to delve deeper into that.

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    Dion 08/10/2016
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    "Life changing"

    Do your self a favour and listen to this. For me, life changing information. Epic

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    Andrew 04/08/2016
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    "Simply amazing"

    I'm a double Afghanistan veteran and completely understand his thoughts and feelings on this. I love all of Sebastian's work. Must read for all clinical practitioners who deal with returned servicemen and women.

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  • Ciaran O'Regan
    27/05/17
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    "Important not just for soldiers but for us all"

    Our society is operating dramatically out of line with our evolutionary biology. This book is one of the few I have read that really shines a light on the gaping hole in human health we need to focus on but are not; deep meaningful socialization. This is a must read for anyone who has realized our societal structure is missing something huge but has been unable to pinpoint it.

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  • Byron
    18/02/17
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    "Thank you!"

    As a veteran and academic I am speechless. This book is a beautiful gift to my community.

    Please share with other veterans, particularly those who are lost.

    Thank you Sebastian, your book validates that some people do understand the true reality of post service life. You have removed a very heavy weight from my shoulders.

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  • Shane Doolin
    11/10/16
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    "ding ... the light went on"

    Diagnosed with PTSD i saw myself and for first time understood mysrlf and what ive been searching for ... for the last 5 yrs.

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  • Marcin Grzadzielski
    15/06/17
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    "Quite a brilliant little book."

    Enjoyable analysis of our modern day society. As a ex soldier I must say that I agree with a lot of things that are addressed here.

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