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Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging

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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

Critic Reviews

"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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Perfect. If only it was a bit longer

It changes the way you look at the world. the author uses his and others past experiences to sell a premise and then backs it up with well sourced credible scientific evidence from some of the greatest scientists in the field of human behavioural psychology If only it was a bit longer

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Everyone should read this!

A great objective view on western societies traditions and comparing them to tribal traditions, to the extent of, war, mental health, social wellbeing. This is for someone who has friends or family with PTSD or the likes of. And would like to listen to new perspectives on the topic.

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A must read

Compelling and articulate in its urgency to relate to the importance of community and service. A timely read in a period of uncertainty and isolation causing deep divisions and disconnection

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Nathan

I work in I veteran mentor heath and am also a veteran myself, this is a great book for veteran trying find their tribe and to learn about PTS. I will not being doing the Sun Dance ceremony am time soon , but I CAN RECOMMEND THIS FOR ANY VETERAN.

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great book with a great message

This book speaks my thoughts which I cannot put into words. If only the book was longer!

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Excellent dabble into the field. Easy listening. Somewhat North American heavy content, but otherwise interesting, thought provoking, & conversation starting.

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  • 06-08-2019

Very well put

Interesting account of life in comparison to what it once was. The struggles of living with the missing ingredient

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ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC !!

I’ve been searching for a book like this my whole life Everything makes such sense when you listen to it and changes the way you view the world for the better Would recommend to almost anyone 11/10

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Excellent insight into the Anthropos

Overall it was a very interesting perspective on the evolution of the human society and what makes us a community with purpose (vs a bunch of individuals doing our own thing). Compared the old vs the new, the previous vs current, and was very interesting to see the differences, and the voice inside us sometimes is there for a reason. Top 5 books

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Brilliant

This was such an interesting book .... I loved it . Our culture seems to reward the destroyers of tribe these days . Government now is best described as foxes in the hen house.... no thought for the future the well-being if it’s citizens or the planet .

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  • Frontal
  • 27-07-2019

Time to turn the world around!

Loved it! struggled a bit but got there. The narrator was good. Time to change!

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  • Hussy
  • 25-12-2017

A guide for lost Young men

Sometimes you listen someone put wods on something that was already known. Tribe was that for me.

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  • Caressa
  • 14-05-2019

Phenomenal!

As one who was not in the military but moved my family of seven overseas in a remote desert region, experienced hard things and a shame/honor/communal society, then moved to a boarding home to raise 25+ teens with a staff of five, only to return to the west after 5 years, I saw for myself much of that this book identifies. It helped me appreciate the lives of our military friends and more clearly understand our own challenges when reentering American culture and the isolation we felt - as well as the strange longing to return to our former lives, our tribes.

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  • Sean Bennetts
  • 31-08-2020

Excellent Book

I loved this book. Sebastian approaches this topic from a unique but honest point of view. Some may not agree with this, however the information is statistically oriented.

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  • Apie
  • 29-06-2020

Essential

I can't think of a more important book for Western civilization and especially the USA at this moment.

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  • Mads S.
  • 02-10-2019

Moving and Empathetic

This book is nice and short. The reader is a bit monotone at times but otherwise makes a good job of reading it out. The stories and studies shared in this book should be required reading nowadays in my opinion. It says something about how we've reached an extreme in modern society, that will likely lead to our own destruction. We need to get back to our roots and merge that with modern society so we can live fulfilling lives.

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  • 匿名
  • 16-09-2019

deeply satisfying insights into tribal societies

The most satisfying parts were those about tribal native American societies and the mining stories. Overall, plenty of insights to love and think about, also to apply in the real world. I am happy with the purchase.

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  • ben emery
  • 31-07-2019

Good short read

The book speaks well to how difficult it is to be human in a culture that insists on pretending that everything is okay even amid horrible suffering and calamity.

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  • Stepan Hamernik
  • 21-01-2019

my the most favourite book on audible

i already heard it for the fourth time and it becomes my the most facoirite book i bought on audible

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  • Felipe M.
  • 06-05-2018

Gooe historical background and personalexperience

Easy light read. Author poses the problem and highligts points with relevant personal experience. Good theoretical background.

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  • Amy
  • 22-08-2019

Recommend

This audiobook was enjoyable, engaging and it carried some important knowledge for understanding why so many of us might be suffering mentally. Even though we are living in such ‘good’ times.

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  • 25-08-2020

Very US and war centric

identified some good examples throughout but offered very few solutions. maybe more relevant to US readers where war and veterans are more prevalent in society but I struggled to relate as a European. offered very few solutions or ideas on steps we can take as a society to right our wrongs.

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  • 匿名
  • 20-08-2020

Short and to the point

l romped through this very quickly. A timeless classic that is always relevant. I subtracted a star because I would have liked more content. The book is largely anecdotal and based on case studies. It could have been filled in with references to more anthropological studies.

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  • Lifegyard
  • 12-04-2020

very interesting

very interesting book, makes me want to run into the woods naked and find a brotherhood within the wild abyss

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  • Filip Pelouch
  • 16-01-2020

Best book I've read in 10 years.

Amazing book. Also great podcasts Sebastian Yunger on JRE led me to this book.

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  • 匿名
  • 10-12-2019

So disappointing . .

Loved hearing Sebastian on podcasts but this book was very disjointed with no continuity. Felt like all of the interesting parts were covered in podcast appearances so nothing new, of interest was in this. This is the first book I have returned and would not recommend it.

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  • S. Wibrew
  • 29-08-2019

A must read for anyone with an interest society

This is a very interesting study of relationships in society and why so many people felt happier during times of war than during peace times

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  • Plamen
  • 26-08-2019

Another one on how bad life is today.

I like the book and the idea of it, but I'm not overly fond on people keep hammering on how we're supposed to live and the pitfalls of modern society. I say what humanity has created today in the Western World (since this is my part) is pretty damn good. Of course there are bad parts, but the general direction is not negative in my opinion. High five humanity. I particularly disliked the initial comparisons between a tribe and a modern country. In my opinion such comparison is absolutely rediculous. Can we take things from the past and apply them in the present? Absolutely. And we have and are still doing so all the time. But a tribe is nothing like a 100+ million people country. Let along a whole world. Communism works perfectly in tribe. Not so great in big communities. Just saying...

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  • brian melchers
  • 21-08-2019

Tribe

Gobsmacked! The info in this book sheds so much light on our current 'civilisation'. Read it (or listen) and this explains the quotation marks. Should be taken up in the curriculum of every single university for application in society. This should b basic education.

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  • J. M. Poulain
  • 15-08-2019

interesting but anecdotal

Bought this following on from Joe Rogan, very anecdotal but interesting theory. Junger pulls from very specific events, units or historical tribes as evidence for what he sees as the human condition but without any interventive studies this seems to be more opinion than anything substantive.