Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging

Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging

Sebastian Junger, the bestselling author of War and The Perfect Storm, takes a critical look at post-traumatic stress disorder and the many challenges today?s returning veterans face in modern society. There are ancient tribal human behaviors-loyalty, inter-reliance, cooperation-that flare up in communities during times of turmoil and suffering. These are the very same beha Sebastian Junger, the bestselling author of War and The Perfect Storm, takes a critical look at post-traumatic stre...

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Title:Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging
Author:Sebastian Junger
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:192 pages pages

Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging Reviews

  • Otis Chandler
    Nov 21, 2016
    A fascinating book about community and belonging, and how modern society has moved us away from our roots in potentially signifiant ways. The book opens with a thought provoking fact: in early America, there were numerous instances of white people joining primitive, native Indian socie...
  • Jamie
    Jul 10, 2017
    I wish there were ideas here that were new to me, but it?s the same ideas I?ve held true for years. If it was new, than maybe it wouldn?t be obvious? and maybe it wouldn?t be true. But it?s true. It?s obvious. It?s Wendell Berry and Charles Bowden and Joseph Campbell an...
  • Clif Hostetler
    Aug 10, 2016
    This book provides a convincing articulation of reasons why modern society is ill suited to the innate social needs of homo sapiens (i.e. human beings). Our ancestors lived?and evolved?many thousands of years in hunter gatherer groups that were closely bonded together in a cooperat...
  • Matt
    Feb 27, 2018
    ?Robert Frost famously wrote that home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in. The word ?tribe? is far harder to define, but a start might be the people you feel compelled to share the last of your food with?This book is about why that sentiment...
  • Petra Eggs
    Aug 08, 2016
    Update Yesterday I had a friend request saying that he didn't want to friend me just to tell me that he objected to my review being so prominent when it was wrong, crap etc. as the author hadn't meant what I said. I didn't read the rest of the long wodge of no doubt insulting text but ...
  • Darlene
    Mar 23, 2018
    "The Army might screw you and your girlfriend might dump you and the enemy might kill you, but the shared commitment to safeguard one another's lives is unnegotiable and only deepens with time. The willingness to die for another person is a form of love that even religions fail...
  • Andy
    Apr 02, 2018
    A quirky little book about a big topic, much bigger than vets and PTSD, and American Indian tribes. Our entire society is sick because there's a lot of suicide and evil people get away with their assorted crimes. Civilization produces many benefits but many bad side effects as well...
  • aPriL does feral sometimes
    Jul 11, 2016
    "Today's veterans often come home to find that, although they're willing to die for their country, they're not sure how to live for it." -Sebastian Junger. Every veteran and visitor to a war-zone should read 'Tribe" when returning to their home country. Not only does the book connec...
  • Ammar
    Jul 04, 2018
    This tiny book packs a lot of informations and experiences. What does it mean to be part of something bigger ... society.... tribes.... the army... its various units ... how soldiers act in war and how they act in peace... are we making use of the veterans that are out there... how...
  • Barbara (The Bibliophage)
    Jun 08, 2016
    Back in the 90s, my father said email and the Internet were making people unable to communicate with each other. This was before smart phones and social media. But if you've ever agreed that we are becoming more distanced and less comfortable with face-to-face communication, this book ...
  • Michael
    Jul 27, 2016
    Junger has an appealing message. That humans have evolved a high order of altruism associated with our tribal social nature which leads us to be willing to take great risks to save another member of the tribe. In many circumstances people are willing to sacrifice themselves for total s...
  • Hadrian
    Aug 08, 2016
    Junger's most recent work - his documentaries, as well as his books - have been keen observations of the lives of soldiers. This is a short meditation on PTSD, where front-line troops and other veterans have a difficult time reintegrating into society - that war, for all of its hardshi...
  • Diane S ☔
    May 29, 2016
    Proves the adage that good things can come in small packages. In this short book, not a wasted word, Junger combines memoir, journalism and scholarly writing to give us a book that makes one think about where our society has been and where it is heading. Tackles the tough subjects of t...
  • Ron S
    Apr 11, 2016
    An expanded version of an article that first appeared in Vanity Fair titled "How PTSD Became a Problem Far Beyond the Battlefield." Junger has matured as one of the finest American reporters in print. Thinking of him as "the Perfect Storm guy" is as reductive as thinking of Jon Krakaue...
  • Monica
    Jul 04, 2017
    **Warning: This review may be longer than the entire book.** Interesting and thought provoking; if not entirely convincing. On the one hand, some very compelling ideas about the feeling of smaller, close knit communities and how they can foster and encourage good mental health and e...
  • Sam Quixote
    Oct 18, 2017
    Is Western civilization the pinnacle of human achievement? In Tribe, Sebastian Junger questions this notion by looking at, among other examples, why colonial Americans left behind the burgeoning settlements to live with the tribal Indians; why, as technological advances have sped up ov...
  • Bahramo
    Apr 27, 2016
    Wow. By far the best non fiction I've read so far this year (2016). Timely. Engaging. In my opinion, his best work yet. I'm tempted to complain that it is too short, but the point gets hammered home effectively. It should be required school reading. I'll be thinking about this for a wh...
  • Langston
    May 15, 2016
    Loved it. A well-written rumination on the basic human need for belonging and communal living. And how our fractured, alienating and isolating modern society opposes our tribal instincts which can lead to very unfortunate circumstances. ...
  • Cheryl
    Nov 06, 2017
    Powerful Intro! Appreciated this read's concept of solidarity as it underscores and helps me hone thoughts I've had about topics like the boom of social media in our more isolated existence, young men's susceptibility to recruitment into gangs/terror orgs, and my own contributions to c...
  • Louise
    Jan 06, 2017
    Sebastian Junger poses that tribal societies had a strong sense of community and fairness because these values were necessary to survive. He poses that while tribal culture buffered its members against catastrophic loss (illness, death, violent weather) its sense of community was prote...
  • Maria
    Jun 20, 2016
    I won this as a Goodreads giveaway.* Loved this book. I found it completely fascinating and am looking forward to reading more from Sebastian Junger. ...
  • Robin
    May 20, 2016
    There are many great books that I cannot wait to introduce to my customers - but then there are other books that I become obsessed with and so passionate for that I need to put it into every single person's hand that walks into my bookstore. Sebastian Junger's new book "Tribe" is one o...
  • Chantel Coughlin
    Feb 27, 2016
    Sebastian Junger takes us on a historical journey that is both anthropological and psychological in his latest work of non-fiction, Tribe. The age old cliche that history repeats itself is being realized in today's society and Junger presents many examples of this with warrior re-integ...
  • Kelsey Dangelo-Worth
    Aug 08, 2016
    Junger, a war correspondent and world traveler, seeks to promote tribal life, as seen both historically and currently in American Indian and aboriginal groups around the world, as well as in the military. He blames individualism (in terms of hurting the society, such as in alienation a...
  • Jennifer Taw
    Jul 09, 2016
    Tribe provides a good foundation for discussions about war, community, gender roles, government, economics, justice, violence, and the intersections of all of the above. It also has some really interesting statistics kind of scattered throughout. That said, as a book on its own, I foun...
  • Channing
    Apr 28, 2017
    This book floored me. I found myself highlighting passage over passage, having to set the book aside and reflect. Before starting, I was worried that this book would focus too heavily on soldiers, and although that certainly was a focal point, the narrative was expansive and evaluated ...
  • Darwin8u
    Nov 27, 2018
    "The economic and marketing forces of modern society have engineered an environment...that maximize[s] consumption at the long-term cost of well being." - Brandon Hidaka, quoted in Sebastian Junger, Tribe In a series of four essays that grew out of an article Junger wrote in 20...
  • Jean
    Dec 19, 2016
    I have read several articles recently about our society?s problems with individualism. When I saw Junger?s short book on the subject, I thought it might give me a more in-depth viewpoint on the subject, which it did. Junger tells of Benjamin Franklin?s 1753 observation that wh...
  • Allison Scott
    Jul 25, 2016
    There are many good ideas in this book, including disorders of trauma as disorders of integration, isolation, and group dynamic, however I had too many issues with the way this story was told to fully embrace the important message it meant to convey. When I read ?tribe? in this bo...
  • Greta
    Feb 12, 2018
    A nostalgic and masculist view on group behaviour and PTSD. Junger promotes a more tribal lifestyle and he thinks we all need hardship, catastrophes and war in order to connect with others. I could hardly finish this short book and he certainly didn't convince me. His arguments...