Sebastian Junger’s Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging discusses PTSD and why it is so difficult for veterans to reintegrate into society. He asserts that because of the tribe mentality and structure of the military, veterans have trouble readjusting to the chaotic nature of modern society. HE cites both research and personal narratives to defend his claim.
I listened to this book is audio CD format and I loved reading it that way. It was extremely short and well written. Junger was concise in his writing, but still very engaging.
The section I enjoyed the most was when Junger talked about Indians (he makes a point of using that term specifically) and early Americans. He cites historical notes that lament that early Americans would leave their new communities to join the Indians. People would join the native society by choice, but Indians would fight to return to their society. Even Benjamin Franklin discussed this and was baffled by it. Junger argues that it is because of the tribal structure of the society and the sense of purpose that comes with it.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. It was read at a good pace and covered the topic. I just would have liked more information and a more in-depth look at the subject.