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Freedom

Freedom

Written by Sebastian Junger

Narrated by Sebastian Junger


Freedom

Written by Sebastian Junger

Narrated by Sebastian Junger

ratings:
4.5/5 (38 ratings)
Length:
3 hours
Released:
May 18, 2021
ISBN:
9781797122267
Format:
Audiobook

Editor's Note

Wandering pleasure…

Travel along with “The Perfect Storm” author Sebastian Junger and his three friends (two Afghan War vets and a conflict photographer) as they walk the railway lines and rivers of the East Coast, sleeping under the stars, for almost a year. A moving, thought-provoking mediation on the meaning of freedom and community that delves into how these two cherished human values both coexist and conflict. It’s a pleasure to wander with Junger, as he touches on boxing, resistance movements, the Apache, primatology, and more.

Description

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.
Released:
May 18, 2021
ISBN:
9781797122267
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

SEBASTIAN JUNGER is the New York Times bestselling author of Tribe, War, A Death in Belmont, Fire and The Perfect Storm, and co-director of the documentary film Restrepo, which was nominated for an Academy Award. He is also the winner of a Peabody Award and a National Magazine Award for Reporting. He lives in New York City with his family.


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  • (5/5)
    What exactly is freedom? We use the word constantly but what what is it that makes us truly free? Our ability to decide our own lifestyle and destiny? Do we really have that now?

    Junger does an incredible job of forcing you to question your own actual freedom and what real freedom is. This book is a must read for anyone who feels confined in our modern lifestyles and wants to deeply consider what real freedom is.
  • (2/5)

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    Terrible book! The description made me think it would be like Rolling Nowhere by Ted Conover or Riding the Rails by Lincoln Uys. This has a couple of vestiges of such journeys, but is more of a nostalgic set of disjointed digressions about what led various groups of settlers to particular areas.The quintessential book by Junger is War and it is well worth your time. Even Fire was a compelling book as a focused collection of stories. Junger wants to be Lawrence Gonzales in this book, but Gonzales writes compelling, suspenseful stories that held my attention. This was uninspired drivel. Thankfully after 3 hours I could move on to something more worthy. Beware of short books with well written introductions.

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  • (3/5)

    1 person found this helpful

    The ending seemed rather abrupt. I understand that he didn’t want to get into the personal reasons for the ending, but it made the story seem incomplete. Spoiler: I wish he had returned to finish the trip and written the book afterwards.

    1 person found this helpful

  • (5/5)

    1 person found this helpful

    Very good read. I enjoyed this story. Worth it to read!

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  • (4/5)

    1 person found this helpful

    I could hear the anthropologist in the writing! It was a quick and enjoyable read.

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