© Tim Hetherington

© Tim Hetherington

This book is about why tribal sentiment is such a rare and precious thing in modern society, and how the lack of it has affected us all. It’s about what we can learn from tribal societies about loyalty and belonging and the eternal human quest for meaning. It’s about why—for many people—war feels better than peace and hardship can turn out to be a great blessing and disasters are sometimes remembered more fondly than weddings or tropical vacations. Humans don’t mind duress, in fact they thrive on it. What they mind is not feeling necessary. –Sebastian Junger



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Journalist and author Sebastian Junger has seen first-hand the effects of war and tragedies has on communities. Junger tells NBC's Sunday TODAY’s Willie Geist that war traumatized him and nearly killed him, but also says it enabled him to become a “full human being” and understand pain.


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The cause doesn’t have to be righteous and battle doesn’t have to be winnable; but over and over again throughout history, men have chosen to die in battle with their friends rather than to flee on their own and survive.
— Sebastian Junger, War

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