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I just finished WAR and feel compelled to comment because of the incanny ability of Mr. Junger to articulate the complexities and the simpleness of combat. I am a combat veteran of the Vietnam War (Army Infantry), and the book certainly stirred up some old feelings and even helped me understand some things after all of these years. This is pretty remarkable, and a testimony to the writing skills and acute insightfulness of Mr. Junger. Combat is a young man's game, and nothing is better or worse!
A friend of mine from "back in the day" has a son currently with the 173rd in Afghanistan, serving in an Infantry platoon. We're very proud of him, and hopefully reading the book help bridge the gap of years when he returns. The second tour begins when he safely returns and gets out of the Army, and that's a long, long enlistment.
And a heartfelt thanks to Sebastian Junger for the manner in which he describes this war.