© 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


"Sebastian Junger’s excellent book 'Tribe' . . . has haunted me since. It raises the possibility that our culture is built on some fundamental error about what makes people happy and fulfilled." — David Brooks, The New York Times

"Junger has raised one of the most provocative ideas of this campaign season — and accidentally written one of its most intriguing political books."  – The New York Times

Film: Hell on Earth

When you’re fighting people … who really don’t care whether they live or die … when you reduce someone like that to tears, you have created a generational problem and we’re seeing that now in Syria.
— Sebastian Junger, Hell on Earth

In the riveting new documentary Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS from National Geographic Documentary Films, filmmakers Sebastian Junger and Nick Quested meticulously identify the forces that led to the deadly conflict in Syria and facilitated the rise of the radical Islamists who are now organizing and inspiring terrorist operations around the world. Through exclusive interviews with activists, journalists, diplomats, human rights workers, politicians and ordinary citizens, as well as historical file footage, Junger and Quested have assembled a unique portrait of life in the war-torn country.


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