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!