Freedom

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A profound rumination on the concept of freedom from the New York Times bestselling author of Tribe.

Throughout history, humans have been driven by the quest for two cherished ideals: community and freedom. The two don’t coexist easily. We value individuality and self-reliance, yet are utterly dependent on community for our most basic needs. In this intricately crafted and thought-provoking book, Sebastian Junger examines the tension that lies at the heart of what it means to be human.

For much of a year, Junger and three friends—a conflict photographer and two Afghan War vets—walked the railroad lines of the East Coast. It was an experiment in personal autonomy, but also in interdependence. Dodging railroad cops, sleeping under bridges, cooking over fires, and drinking from creeks and rivers, the four men forged a unique reliance on one another.

In Freedom, Junger weaves his account of this journey together with primatology and boxing strategy, the history of labor strikes and Apache raiders, the role of women in resistance movements, and the brutal reality of life on the Pennsylvania frontier. Written in exquisite, razor-sharp prose, the result is a powerful examination of the primary desire that defines us.

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  • Diane S ?

    3.5 An meandering exposition on what freedom means to different people and cultures. Over a year, off and on, Junger with 8 different people, follows the railroad line from DC to Western Pa. The peopl...

  • Bruce Katz

    3.5 Someone on GR described this short book as more a collection of three long essays than a unified whole. That sounds about right. Junger's a very good writer, no question about it. I'm struggling t...

  • Danielle

    I honestly have no idea what this book was supposed to be about. It was sort of just all over the place. Part of it is Sebastian Junger talking about his experiences walking the railroad lines along t...

  • Leigh Ann

    Overall, not a fan. I liked the idea of the book but feel it was not executed well. The narratives aren't woven together as the blurb claims; rather, it's a stream of consciousness at best and ramblin...

  • Leftbanker

    “The struggle of any civilization is balancing order and liberty.”* This was the epigraph from The Story of England: The Age of Chivalry by Arthur Bryant. While I have long forgotten most of the c...

  • Rajiv Srinivasan

    If you read this book purely as literal nonfiction, you will miss its value. Junger is reviving a form of descriptive commentary I used to love from the likes Wendell Berry or Thoreau. Reading this bo...

  • Maureen

    Probably closer to 4.5 stars but I am an acolyte of Junger’s and am always thrilled to read his every written word....

  • Tim Joseph

    More of a collection of 3 essays looking at Freedom from different perspectives, Junger outlines the way freedom has shaped humanity's movements, their fighting spirit, and the way we think....

  • David Quijano

    I heard Sebastian Junger on the Joe Rogan podcast, and found him to be fairly interesting. Junger has written several several books, some of them rather well known, though I haven't read any of them. ...

  • Erin

    I loved Junger’s “Tribe,” so jumped at the chance to read this title as soon as it came out. The reviews have been quite critical of its seeming lack of focus and meandering style, but I thought...