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Publisher's Summary

A profound rumination on the concept of freedom from the best-selling author of The Perfect Storm.

Throughout history, humans have been driven by the quest for two cherished ideals: community and freedom. The two don’t coexist easily: we value individuality and self-reliance, yet are utterly dependent on community for our most basic needs. In this intricately crafted and thought-provoking book, Sebastian Junger examines this tension that lies at the heart of what it means to be human. 

For much of a year, Junger and three friends - a conflict photographer and two Afghan War vets - walked the railroad lines of the East Coast. It was an experiment in personal autonomy, but also in interdependence. Dodging railroad cops, sleeping under bridges, cooking over fires and drinking from creeks and rivers, the four men forged a unique reliance on one another. 

In Freedom, Junger weaves his account of this journey together with primatology and boxing strategy, the role of women in resistance movements and apache renegrades and the brutal reality of life on the Pennsylvania frontier. Written in exquisite, razor-sharp prose, the result is a powerful examination of the primary desire that defines us.

©2021 Sebastian Junger (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"Sebastian Junger bears witness to a hard-won and an uncertain new world, framed in vital and brilliant prose: a true and honest accounting of everything that underlies the frantic performance of life." (Philip Hoare, author of Albert and the Whale)

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21 years as a soldier the book makes sense for anyone that's lead hard men.



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A stealthy journey.

Another excellent round of storytelling from Sebastian Junger. The content exploring personal freedoms and the enforcement of private property is especially timely in our world of exploding population numbers and crazy political gambits.

Great to have the author narrating!

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A true surprise

One of the best books I’ve listened too in ages. So timely in a world where we forget our evolutionary & societal history. Bravo

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Freedom is essential

Freedom is essential to all that is good and beautiful in this world. This book is a timely reminder and adds magnetism to the needle of one's freedom compass.

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Profound

Junger continues to profoundly impact how I see the world. Continuing from Tribe, Freedom articulates the primal thoughts I have and organises them to relate to the modern world.
As always, essential reading!

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  • 06-06-2021

Convise and easy to listen to

This book took me away on a long walk along the railroad tracks through several US states, surprised me with various historical details, and clearly communicated some important philosophical ideas along the way.

If only more books could capture so much in such a short volume.

The author also does a great reading of the text so it feels like a fireside story on the "last patrole".

Highly recommended.

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  • 22-05-2021

A journey of self discovery

The book is a journey of self discovery and the meaning of the word freedom. Seldom, people confuse the use of it or believe in the reductionist version dictated by Governments. For the global audience it looks an American perspective at first but it could be in any other western country, in my own opinion.

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  • 12-09-2021

Freedom forever

first class and thought provoking. I've listen to book several times and I discover something new on every read

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  • 19-08-2021

Left me wanting more

I enjoyed the story and thought it was great mixing in with the philosophy and history.

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  • 27-07-2021

Very little in it

A story about Junger walking along some tracks with very little else in it. Very disappointing after very much enjoying Tribe

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  • 08-07-2021

A voice of our age

The stoic, philosophical beat storywright of our time. Thanks Sebastian, there are many of us who need your work.

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  • 10-06-2021

An insight into human nature

'Run. Fight. Think.'

The three actions humans can undertake to foster their own freedom, as told by Sebastian Junger.

An insight into human power, wealth, combat, culture and of course, freedom.

The Gini coefficient is an interesting metric to look into.

Well read by the author and short enough to finish in a few sittings. An intense piece but very informative and interesting.

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  • 08-06-2021

Enjoyable three hours

Gives you something to think about, no big new ideas, but a good follow on his earlier book Tribe.

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  • Andrew Hanton
  • 21-05-2021

Informative and inspirational

Start to finish in one hit. I loved this colourful document of an extraordinary journey. Concise language, whipping off seamlessly at engaging and educational tangents. Well done Sebastian (for the journey and the book) and thank you.

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