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Proves the adage that good things can come in small packages In this short book, not a wasted word, Junger combines memoir, journalism and scholarly writing to give us a book that makes one think about where our society has been and where it is heading Tackles the tough subjects of the rising rate of mental illness and PTSD that many in our society are experiencing Starting at the beginning with the Native Americans and their society that celebrated communal living Warning us of the selfishness [...]
A nostalgic and masculist view on group behaviour and PTSD Junger promotes a tribal lifestyle and he thinks we all need hardship, catastrophes and war in order to connect with others I could hardly finish this short book and he certainly didn t convince me His arguments felt too simplistic Life is complex, as are trauma s The book is thought provoking, but Junger forgot to mention that tribes don t have libraries nor bookstores
Junger has an appealing message That humans have evolved a high order of altruism associated with our tribal social nature which leads us to be willing to take great risks to save another member of the tribe In many circumstances people are willing to sacrifice themselves for total strangers Time and again when disasters like earthquakes occur the vast majority of people relinquish all sense of selfishness and pitch in to help In specific examples like the Blitz of daily bombing of London by the [...]
There are many good ideas in this book, including disorders of trauma as disorders of integration, isolation, and group dynamic, however I had too many issues with the way this story was told to fully embrace the important message it meant to convey.When I read tribe in this book, I imagine only men Men at war, men at work at construction sites, male aggression, and male friendship Where are the women His main example of a female style of leadership is about MEN The dual roles taken by men stuck [...]
Is Western civilization the pinnacle of human achievement In Tribe, Sebastian Junger questions this notion by looking at, among other examples, why colonial Americans left behind the burgeoning settlements to live with the tribal Indians why, as technological advances have sped up over time and accelerate still faster today , we are all connected and yet and of us feel isolated, depressed and unsatisfied with life in the Information Age and why comfort is killing us and, rather than avoiding i [...]
A fascinating book about community and belonging, and how modern society has moved us away from our roots in potentially signifiant ways The book opens with a thought provoking fact in early America, there were numerous instances of white people joining primitive, native Indian societies but zero instances of the opposite, because the intensely communal nature of an Indian tribe held an appeal that the material benefits of Western civilization couldn t necessarily compete with The book also argu [...]
Warning This review may be longer than the entire book Interesting and thought provoking if not entirely convincing On the one hand, some very compelling ideas about the feeling of smaller, close knit communities and how they can foster and encourage good mental health and enhance happiness On the other hand, Junger for the most part, blames wealth and technological advances for the moral decline of America While not without evidence, it s still an arduous climb to get to where he wants you to g [...]
This book provides a convincing articulation of reasons why modern society is ill suited to the innate social needs of homo sapiens i.e human beings Our ancestors lived and evolved many thousands of years in hunter gatherer groups that were closely bonded together in a cooperative bond in order to survive dangerous surroundings Everybody in the group knew that they were dependent on others, and the group expected loyalty, cooperation, and sharing of resources from individuals in the group Modern [...]
Sebastian Junger poses that tribal societies had a strong sense of community and fairness because these values were necessary to survive He poses that while tribal culture buffered its members against catastrophic loss illness, death, violent weather its sense of community was protection from what today we call PTSD He makes his case mostly through anecdotes and a few statistics While there is a lot of food for thought in Junger s anecdotes they have alternative interpretations For instance, the [...]
Junger s most recent work his documentaries, as well as his books have been keen observations of the lives of soldiers This is a short meditation on PTSD, where front line troops and other veterans have a difficult time reintegrating into society that war, for all of its hardships, creates a feeling of belonging and absolutely unbreakable bonds, and that returning to contemporary society leads to feelings of incredible isolation many He gives the unusually high figure of almost 40% compared to o [...]
I have read several articles recently about our society s problems with individualism When I saw Junger s short book on the subject, I thought it might give me a in depth viewpoint on the subject, which it did.Junger tells of Benjamin Franklin s 1753 observation that white prisoners of Native American Tribes when recused would run back to the Native American Tribe they had been with But the situation never worked it reverse Franklin concluded there was something wrong with our society.Junger pr [...]
There are many great books that I cannot wait to introduce to my customers but then there are other books that I become obsessed with and so passionate for that I need to put it into every single person s hand that walks into my bookstore Sebastian Junger s new book Tribe is one of those books It is historical, psychological, anthropological and personal I will think about this book for a very long time It helped me to understand so much about war, about community, about self Isn t that what a g [...]
Tribe provides a good foundation for discussions about war, community, gender roles, government, economics, justice, violence, and the intersections of all of the above It also has some really interesting statistics kind of scattered throughout That said, as a book on its own, I found it disappointing There are too many oversimplified or over generalized observations there are too many times that an outcome is explained using one variable sense of community, for example , and then explained agai [...]
Sebastian Junger takes us on a historical journey that is both anthropological and psychological in his latest work of non fiction, Tribe The age old cliche that history repeats itself is being realized in today s society and Junger presents many examples of this with warrior re integration into their communities following traumatic conflict throughout history and their varied success rates at combating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Junger documents many of the thoughts today s veterans struggl [...]
Wow By far the best non fiction I ve read so far this year 2016 Timely Engaging In my opinion, his best work yet I m tempted to complain that it is too short, but the point gets hammered home effectively It should be required school reading I ll be thinking about this for a while.
Junger, a war correspondent and world traveler, seeks to promote tribal life, as seen both historically and currently in American Indian and aboriginal groups around the world, as well as in the military He blames individualism in terms of hurting the society, such as in alienation and in greed for the ills of society mainly in terms of mental illness Although I greatly admire Junger s points, and I do strongly wish for a greater sense of altruism, selflessness, and community belonging in the wo [...]
An expanded version of an article that first appeared in Vanity Fair titled How PTSD Became a Problem Far Beyond the Battlefield Junger has matured as one of the finest American reporters in print Thinking of him as the Perfect Storm guy is as reductive as thinking of Jon Krakauer only as that guy that wrote Into Thin Air In this work, Junger looks at community, tribal behaviors, and issues facing veterans while briefly weaving in personal experiences that help connect us to this work of history [...]
I won this as a giveaway Loved this book I found it completely fascinating and am looking forward to reading from Sebastian Junger.
Back in the 90s, my father said email and the Internet were making people unable to communicate with each other This was before smart phones and social media But if you ve ever agreed that we are becoming distanced and less comfortable with face to face communication, this book is a required read Junger looks at the innate tribal nature of humans and how it affects us during war time and peace time The difficulty, of course, being that many societies have become less tribal and individually dr [...]
This book floored me I found myself highlighting passage over passage, having to set the book aside and reflect Before starting, I was worried that this book would focus too heavily on soldiers, and although that certainly was a focal point, the narrative was expansive and evaluated many other tribes as well.I finished this book feeling nostalgic for a community I ve never been a part of but would someday like to.
Today s veterans often come home to find that, although they re willing to die for their country, they re not sure how to live for it Sebastian Junger.Every veteran and visitor to a war zone should read Tribe when returning to their home country Not only does the book connect the dots of being a feeling human being and a soldier, and illustrate briefly war experiences from history and current adventures, it describes what sort of games an ex soldier can expect from returning home after the dram [...]
Tribe is a magazine article, not a book and readers are advised to take seriously the twice repeated warning that the text is unaltered from the version that appeared in Vanity Fair in 2015 As a magazine think piece, it was no doubt compelling in the way that serious journalism in Vanity Fair as opposed to 750 well chosen words about hats is always meant to compel a writer goes in to explore in close up a phenomenon or group of individuals that the reader is unlikely to have encountered and repo [...]
I wish there were ideas here that were new to me, but it s the same ideas I ve held true for years If it was new, than maybe it wouldn t be obvious and maybe it wouldn t be true But it s true It s obvious It s Wendell Berry and Charles Bowden and Joseph Campbell and Barry Lopez and on and on, every other voice who has said for years what Junger s saying we re bleeding at the roots.Excellent, succinct, damning, necessary book.
Loved it A well written rumination on the basic human need for belonging and communal living And how our fractured, alienating and isolating modern society opposes our tribal instincts which can lead to very unfortunate circumstances.
This book asks a question that resonates quite widely why does an ultra wealthy, safe and individually free society feel so miserable for so many people Rates of depression and suicide are actually much higher in fully modernized societies, despite an abundance of goods and rights People may be less connected but they have available than ever to thrive on their own, theoretically.Junger touches on his own upbringing and his experience of life in warzones to show that what creates happiness for [...]
As previous reviews have pointed out, this is a very short book I read it in a little over an hour But it is dense, well written, well thought through and so damn important Junger brings up the ideas that should be a primary part of the national conversation, but mostly aren t being raised at all He has proven himself again and again to be someone who is doing the thinking we desperately need.
More of a long essay, Junger s book is another way of looking at why the world is in a mess, consumerism and economic growth may be easy to measure but don t make life happier and no surprises, man is a tribal animal He is probably right unfortunately.His use of American Indians provides strength to his argument and his treatment of PTSD is interesting as he looks at it from a number of different angles.
This was way too short But it was very enjoyable As my law school roommate deracinates himself to briefly join the cause of the native people of North Dakota, the contrast between egalitarian, Earth centered communal living and the infrastructure we require read want for the rest of it could not be apparent This book might have been a bit too hamfisted with the evolutionary biology at times, but it really made me ponder how unnatural it must be for us as a species to be so isolated, greedy, div [...]
One of my favorite writers of the past two decades has written a book that I m not overly fond of at all The last few paragraphs of the book could possibly redeem author Junger, but not the book Elegant words about service, a nation and world in turmoil, and that we live in a unique and virtually unprecedented time or in the author s words, an extraordinary moment in our history conclude the book How the journey to these few final phrases transpires in Tribe On Homecoming and Belonging is not re [...]