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Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging

Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging


Book Overview: Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging

We have a strong instinct to belong to small groups defined by clear purpose and understanding--"tribes." This tribal connection has been largely lost in modern society, but regaining it may be the key to our psychological survival.

Decades before the American Revolution, Benjamin Franklin lamented that English settlers were constantly fleeing over to the Indians-but Indians almost never did the same. Tribal society has been exerting an almost gravitational pull on Westerners for hundreds of years, and the reason lies deep in our evolutionary past as a communal species. The most recent example of that attraction is combat veterans who come home to find themselves missing the incredibly intimate bonds of platoon life. The loss of closeness that comes at the end of deployment may explain the high rates of post-traumatic stress disorder suffered by military veterans today.

Combining history, psychology, and anthropology, Tribe explores what we can learn from tribal societies about loyalty, belonging, and the eternal human quest for meaning. It explains the irony that-for many veterans as well as civilians-war feels better than peace, adversity can turn out to be a blessing, and disasters are sometimes remembered more fondly than weddings or tropical vacations. Tribe explains why we are stronger when we come together, and how that can be achieved even in today's divided world.

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Publication Date2016
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Sebastian Junger is an acclaimed American author, journalist, and documentarian, renowned for his distinctive storytelling and profound insight into the chaotic elements of life. Born on January 17, 1962, in Belmont, Massachusetts, Junger graduated from Wesleyan University with a degree in Cultural Anthropology. His early path was rather eclectic, ranging from arboriculture to freelance journalism, providing Junger with a broad field of experience and perspective that would later prove invaluable to his career as a writer. Junger's breakthrough moment came with the publication of "The Perfect Storm" in 1997. The non-fiction work, which chronicles the plight of a swordfishing crew caught in a massive North Atlantic storm, propelled Junger to the forefront of contemporary American literature. The book was a commercial and critical success, reaching No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list and inspiring a blockbuster movie. In addition to his success in print, Junger's accomplishments extend to the world of film and television. He is a co-director of the Academy Award-nominated war documentary, "Restrepo," and its sequel, "Korengal." Another notable mention is his journalistic project, "War," that delves into the harrowing reality of the US military in Afghanistan. Respected as a gripping storyteller with a knack for bringing attention to often overlooked human experiences, Sebastian Junger continues to contribute thought-provoking narratives to both the literary and cinematic worlds.

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