War (Anglais) Broché – 17 mai 2011
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Over fifteen months, Sebastian Junger followed a singleplatoon based at a remote outpost in eastern Afghanistan.His objective was both simple and ambitious: to conveywhat soldiers experience—what war actually feels like.
In these pages, he gives insight into the truths of combat:the fear, the honour and the trust among men. He describesthings that few civilians will ever witness or go through—theendless, body-numbing anticipation of battle; the adrenaline-fueledconfusion of being ambushed; the unquestioned andautomatic risks soldiers take in combat situations to protecttheir brothers. Junger shows what it means to fight, to serveand to face down mortal danger on a constant basis.
Throughout, War illuminates the lives of the men whofight for us—how they live; what they see and learn and feel.Junger draws on biology, psychology and military history to explainthe decisions soldiers make and to put their ordeals intocontext. In the vivid prose for which he has become known,he relates the physical toil, the suffocating heat, the sounds ofgunfire and the agony of loss.
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Sebastian Junger is the New York Times bestselling author of The Perfect Storm, A Death in Belmont and Fire. He is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair, and has been awarded a National Magazine Award and an SAIS Novartis Prize for journalism. He lives in New York City.
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Surtout, il utilise sa formation d'anthropologue pour intercaler ses réflexions et citer de nombreuses théories d'auteurs sur le comportement des hommes sous stress, au combat, sur leur relations entre eux dans la section et avec les autres soldats ou civils.
On attend avec impatience le documentaire qu'il a tiré de tout ce qu'il a filmé, "Restrepo" qui vient de sortir aux USA.
On en sort tout de même avec l'impression que, comme c'est devenu dangereux, les seuls à s'engager dans l'armée sont les gens de milieux pauvres ou peu éduqués ou récemment immigrés aux USA. Peu de WASP dans cette section. Et surtout du Texas ou du Sud ou des Mexicains de la seconde génération. Ce qui n'enlève rien à leur valeur, mais donne une unité trop homogène.
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"Perfectly sane, good men have been drawn back to combat over and over again, and anyone interested in the idea of world peace would do well to know what they're looking for. Not killing, necessarily - that couldn't have been clearer in my mind - but the other side of the equation: protecting. The defense of the tribe is an insanely compelling idea, and once you've been exposed to it, there's almost nothing else you'd rather do. The only reason anyone was alive at Restrepo - or at Aranas or at Ranch House or, later, at Wanat - was because every man up there was willing to die defending it."
I can say from personal experience that coming back from my Iraq deployment, I was completely unprepared for how incredibly difficult it was to transition from that reality to working in an office and being productive and having a sense of purpose that didn't involve life and death. I was so utterly bad at doing a normal job that I tried to quit twice and was talked out of it both times by people that were better friends than I deserved. I'm still to this day trying to figure out how I come back and live in a 9-to-5 daily commute weekends off mow the grass nobody's shooting at me world.
"War" is an intimate look at a small group of men at the virtual tip of the spear in the most violet, troubled part of Afghanistan. It is a clear-eyed look at the men, their peace-time behavior, their behavior under extreme circumstances, and ultimately their behavior when they return to society. It offers an inside view of modern warfare fought in the most inhospitable climate imaginable. It is a much more "journalistic" effort than some other relatively recent war tomes, including the novelistic "Generation Kill" by Evan Wright. Junger is up front about his own objectivity -- or lack of it -- but his level of awareness of his involvement in events seems to mitigate the risk.
It's hard to say that you "enjoyed" a book with such a grave subject -- but I have re-read "War" several times, fascinated by the nuances and the lessons it offers. Junger is one of my favorite writers, and this ranks with "The Perfect Storm" on my list of great reads.