This is a short but thought provoking Book.
It melds the author’s experiences as a war-journalist with conclusions from anthropological and psychological research.
Why did so many Europeans in frontier and colonial America join native tribal groups, but virtually no-one made the move in the opposite direction? Why do many war survivors, from the London Blitz or the Serbian siege of Sarajevo, remember it as the best of times? Why is post-traumatic-stress-disorder (PTSD) apparently so high amongst the army veterans of modern conflict?
Junger suggests answers which pose fundamental questions about community and society in the United States, a fractured pattern, following the Brexit referendum, increasingly replicated in the UK.