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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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2016 Sebastian Junger (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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Interesting story, but didn't like his conclusions

I listened to this in one go, and I really enjoyed parts of it, but I personally found a large component to be based around military tropes (even though I recognize this was the opposite of the authors intent). He attempts to address this, but I find it to be a poor job relative to the rest of his writing. On to the good parts. I find the story pretty interesting, the anecdotes and historical components have substance. I see a lot of the points brought up, but I choose to draw different conclusions with the evidence he presents. Worth a read if you want something to talk about in a group, that's for sure.

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excellent read

Sebastian Junger has quickly become one of my favorite authors and narrators. I have listened to War at least 4 times and am now starting my second back to back listen of this book.