Review: Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging

Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging
Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian Junger
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sebastien Junger writes and conveys the truth in Tribe.

He tackles a strange divergence observed in returning warriors or war veterans. These warriors are more than willing to die for their country but are unsure how to live for it. Through extensive personal experience and interviews, he unearths compelling reasons for this malady. And thus reveals why PTSD, post-battle-trauma, takes so long to heal for soldiers in America.

But beyond war, that he has written about in detail too, he takes readers on a journey of cultural discovery. What is it, about American communities, that degrades resilience? Why do we lack the closeness, the social consciousness, that can help heal fragmentation? Tribe takes a good hard look at contemporary ways.

For those who know my own work, Humbling and Humility, Sebastian Junger’s Tribe answers many questions I pose. That he expresses truth is the highest accolade I can give a nonfiction author. An only peeve: he writes in Tribe that only humans show altruism. Sorry, Sebastian, many other mammalian species have us beat there.

A book recommended for everyone!

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About Rian Nejar

Rian Nejar is a mid-60's child from India. He trained and worked as an engineer in India, lived briefly in the Middle East, and arrived in America in the early 90's. After a Master’s degree in electrical engineering in America, he worked as an academic instructor, engineer, entrepreneur, and technical writer over the two decades since. Humbling and Humility is the first heartfelt written expression of his varied life experiences. He lives and writes in the Southwest United States.
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