A new book by Sebastian Junger, titled simply War, avoids any kind of political prognostication because, as the author pointed out in a recent interview with the Daily Beast, soldiers aren't concerned with Washington power games. Instead, Junger's firsthand account deals with the frontline reality of a 30-man platoon battling through eastern Afghanistan's notorious Korengal Valley. And, as an embedded reporter throughout 2007 and 2008, the 43-year-old not only captured the combat experience in words but also collaborated with British photojournalist Tim Hetherington to shoot and produce the Sundance-winning battlefield documentary Restrepo. This Thursday, Junger will read from War at Books & Books. The film chapter will be released June 25.
Thu., June 17, 8 p.m., 2010