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Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging

Narrated by: Nick Landrum
Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (384 ratings)
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Summary

From the author of The Perfect Storm and War comes a book about why men miss war, why Londoners missed the Blitz, and what we can all learn from American Indian captives who refused to go home.

Tribe is a look at post-traumatic stress disorder and the challenges veterans face in returning to society. Using his background in anthropology, Sebastian Junger argues that the problem lies not with vets or with the trauma they've suffered but with the society to which they are trying to return.

One of the most puzzling things about veterans who experience PTSD is that the majority never even saw combat - yet they feel deeply alienated and out of place back home. The reason may lie in our natural inclination, as a species, to live in groups of 30 to 50 people who are entirely reliant on one another for safety, comfort and a sense of meaning: in short, the life of a soldier.

It is one of the ironies of the modern age that as affluence rises in a society, so do rates of suicide, depression and, of course, PTSD. In a wealthy society, people don't need to cooperate with one another, so they often lead much lonelier lives that lead to psychological distress.

There is a way for modern society to reverse this trend, however, and studying how veterans react to coming home may provide a clue to how to do it. But it won't be easy.

©2016 Sebastian Junger (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"An incredible work of frontline journalism." ( Independent, Books of the Year)
"In his acute observations of soldiers both in battle and at rest, Junger paints a vivid and realistic portrait of the fighting in Afghanistan, often bitterly funny and desperately sad." (Patrick Hennessey, Literary Review)
"The bloodiest and most compelling book you are ever likely to read on the enduring carnage in Afghanistan." ( The Times)
"One of the best books about war you will ever read. Beautifully written in unshowy prose and thoughtful, honest and profound. A masterpiece of the genre." ( Mail on Sunday)
"An intense account.... Junger uses his documentary skills to ask his comrades tough questions about killing, dying, loyalty and friendship. The result is a book not just about war, but about the limits of courage and, yes, love under pressure." ( Guardian)
"Absorbing and original.... Junger has found a novel and interesting lens through which to view the conflict in Afghanistan, and he captures many things a lesser writer might miss." ( New York Times)
"It takes a very good book to carry off a title as portentous as War, and Sebastian Junger has written one.... An outstanding war report: a precise and gripping account of some of the fiercest battles involving American soldiers in recent times." ( The Economist)

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Meh.

I had been expecting more from this after speaking to people who read the book.
It had some insightful thoughts into culture and community but felt like it was ranting at times.

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  • M
  • 10-03-19

Excellent. Concise, thought-provoking, heartfelt look inside our society

I have a brief military background and warm to Junger’s writing. This is not long, nor is it shouty (“this will change your life!! Buy six - now!!!”), and it follows our current trend for statistically & scientifically grounded research, making connections we might otherwise miss. Similar to Harari, Zuboff, Rosling and others it invites us to question where we are going, and whether we are consciously moving to a desired future or unwittingly drifting to a potentially harmful cliff edge. It is well narrated, although having heard Junger on Ted Talks I would like to hear him narrate this himself. Thoroughly recommended.

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Very interesting , only too short , hopefully he does a part 2

Very interesting, raises a lot of questions and provides some answers.. listen to him on rogan podcast for more

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Not what I expected

I was very much expecting a more holistic exploration of tribe and belonging. I found the content quite disjointed and for me lacked a cohesive narrative. The presenter is not particularly engaging. Saying that the importance of the theme is paramount and the universal insights of tribe and belonging are crucial messages in this current age of disconnect.

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An eye opener

Great book, opened my eyes alot to the way we think and act as human beings.

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communist propaganda

I didn't like that book it was cherry picking certain aspects of Indian American tribes to make them look like utopian and superior to western societies...

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New perspective

What a great book. Well written. The personal experiences and case studies throughout time make you stop and think

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Political leanings muddy the story

The stories and the points that Sebastian put forwards are entertaining and insightful, unfortunately he extrapolates anecdotes in the direction of political ideology and on topics where he is not an expert.

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Full of truth

So much of what is said in this book straight home about the need for community and the lack of it in our lives.

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Brilliant listen, so interesting

Brilliantly written and thought provoking. I think some books are so enlightening and this certainly is one.

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  • Stepan Hamernik
  • 21-01-19

my the most favourite book on audible

i already heard it for the fourth time and it becomes my the most facoirite book i bought on audible

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  • Felipe M.
  • 06-05-18

Gooe historical background and personalexperience

Easy light read. Author poses the problem and highligts points with relevant personal experience. Good theoretical background.

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  • 05-02-18

Very interesting

Loved the great personal and historical stories of solidarity and tribalism.

The only very slight criticism would maybe be the structure. Everything melted together a bit.

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  • 25-12-17

A guide for lost Young men

Sometimes you listen someone put wods on something that was already known. Tribe was that for me.

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  • JakalTheOne
  • 09-12-17

Create a community, change your life!

If you could sum up Tribe in a few words, what would they be?
Great journalism.

Would you listen to Tribe again? Why?
Yes, I think so.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?
How many of our psychological issues in the West is directly linked to individualism.

What could the authors have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
I don't know. Maybe a little short.

What about Nick Landrum's performance did you like?
Pretty straightforward.

Any additional comments?
Watch his documentaries "Restrepo" and "Hell On Earth".

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  • Francesco
  • 20-11-17

great

well written, well read. important topic that is very relevant to the chaotic state of the world we see today. 5 bags of popcorn .

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  • Mike
  • 18-10-17

thought provoking and analytic

well researched pamphlet on the greatest threat to Western society. extremely interesting to listen to and learn from.

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  • Ciaran O'Regan
  • 27-05-17

Important not just for soldiers but for us all

Our society is operating dramatically out of line with our evolutionary biology. This book is one of the few I have read that really shines a light on the gaping hole in human health we need to focus on but are not; deep meaningful socialization. This is a must read for anyone who has realized our societal structure is missing something huge but has been unable to pinpoint it.

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  • Byron
  • 18-02-17

Thank you!

As a veteran and academic I am speechless. This book is a beautiful gift to my community.

Please share with other veterans, particularly those who are lost.

Thank you Sebastian, your book validates that some people do understand the true reality of post service life. You have removed a very heavy weight from my shoulders.

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  • Shane Doolin
  • 11-10-16

ding ... the light went on

Diagnosed with PTSD i saw myself and for first time understood mysrlf and what ive been searching for ... for the last 5 yrs.