Journalist and author Sebastian Junger has seen first-hand the effects of war and tragedies has on communities. Junger tells 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.
Sebastian Junger has seen war up close, and he knows the impact that battlefield trauma has on soldiers. But he suggests there's another major cause of pain for veterans when they come home: the experience of leaving the tribal closeness of the military and returning to an alienating and bitterly divided modern society. "Sometimes, we ask ourselves if we can save the vets," Junger says. "I think the real question is if we can save ourselves." (This talk comes from the PBS special "TED Talks: War & Peace," which premieres Monday, May 30 at 9 p.m. EST.)
Book Expo America Author Breakfast
At the annual Book Expo America Author Breakfast, Sebastian discusses the dangers of contempt in our current discourse and the radical promise of books.
Writing with Power, Clarity and Style
More on Sebastian's writing class here.
Why Veterans Miss War, Ted Talks
Civilians don't miss war. But soldiers often do. Journalist Sebastian Junger shares his experience embedded with American soldiers at Restrepo, an outpost in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley that saw heavy combat. Giving a look at the "altered state of mind" that comes with war, he shows how combat gives soldiers an intense experience of connection. In the end, could it actually be "the opposite of war" that soldiers miss?
Sebastian Junger talks about the fear and risk caused in war zones. Fear will serve as adrenaline until it paralyzes the body.
Leadership in a War Zone, Carnegie Council
Sebastian discusses his time in Afghanistan and describes the way effective leadership is manifested in a war zone and the complicated chess-like aspects of combat.
Ethics of Pacifism, Carnegie Council
Sebastian Junger says that society needs to grapple with the question "when is the amoral choice not using force?"