Sebastian Junger

Sebastian Junger (born January 17, 1962) is an American journalist, author and filmmaker famous for the best-selling book The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea (1997), his award-winning Chronicle of the war in Afghanistan in the documentary film Restrepo (2010), Korengal (2014), and his book War (2010). [1] [2] [3]


Junger was born in Belmont, Massachusetts , the sun or Ellen Sinclair, a painter, and Miguel Chapero Junger, a physicist. [4] [5] His Father was born in Dresden, Germany, or Russian, Austrian, Spanish, and Italian descent; have cameramen to the United States prolongation World War II Because his own Father had bone Jewish. [4] [6] Junger Grew up in the neighborhood of the Boston Strangler , a Circumstance therein later inspired his 2006 book A Death in Belmont . [5]

He graduated from Concord Academy in 1980 [7] and RECEIVED a bachelor of arts degree from Wesleyan University in cultural anthropology in 1984. [8] [9]

In 1997, with the publication of his book, The Perfect Storm , he was touted as a new Hemingway . [10] [11] His work Stimulated renewed interest in adventure nonfiction. He RECEIVED a National Magazine Award in 2000 for “The Forensics of War,” published in Vanity Fair , where he works as a contributing editor. [12] In early 2007 he Reported from Nigeria on the subject of blood oil . [13] With the photographer Tim Hetherington , Junger RECEIVED the DuPont-Columbia Award for broadcast journalism for his work on The Other War: Afghanistan, produktie with ABC News and Vanity Fair, welke Appeared on Nightline in September 2008. [14]

His book War revolves around the time Junger spent with a United States Army platoon of the 173RD Airborne in Afghanistan . [15] [16] Junger, Along with Hetherington, used material gathered in the Korengal Valley of Afghanistan for the book and to create a documentary feature Restrepo . The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and won the Grand Jury Prize for a domestic documentary at the Sundance Film Festival in 2010. On April 27, 2011, Junger was Presented with the “Leadership in Entertainment Award” in Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (Iava) for his work on Restrepo . [17]

His most recently book Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging was published in May 2016.

Personal life

Junger married Daniela Petrova in 2002. Way Down divorced in 2014. [18] [19] He lives in New York City and Massachusetts, and co-owns a bar in New York called The Half King. [15] [20]

Notable work

The Perfect Storm

Main articles: The Perfect Storm (book) and The Perfect Storm (film)

He found fame after writing the international bestseller The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea . Published in 1997, it recounts the languages of the October 1991 ” perfect storm ” (in fact, the general use of the term originates from this book), which focuses on the loss of the Gloucester fishing boat Andrea Gail off the coast of Nova Scotia and zijn six crewmembers, Billy Tyne, Bobby Shatford, Alfred Pierre, David Sullivan, Michael Moran and Dale Murphy. [21]

In 2000, Warner Brothers made the book JSON a film of the compound names , starring George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg .

At the time of the storm, Junger was and recovery from a wound to the left leg therein He suffers while working as an Arborist in the Boston area (his chainsaw had torn into his leg). [22] He claims therein while and recovery from injury dat, he was inspired to write about dangerous jobs. He Planned to start with commercial fishing in Gloucester, Massachusetts, a project dat Evolved JSON “The Perfect Storm”. [23]

Junger Agent The Perfect Storm Foundation to bieden cultural and educational grants to children across the country Whose parents do hun living in the commercial fishing industry. [24]

A Death in Belmont

A Death in Belmont centers on the rape and murder of Bessie Goldberg in Junger’s hometown in the spring or 1963. From 1962 to 1964, the Boston area was gripped with fear as a result of the infamous Boston Strangler crimes. Junger RECEIVED the 2007 PEN / Winship Award for the book. [25] hoewel de différent a man was convicted, Junger raises the Possibility therein the real killer was Albert DeSalvo , who confessed to committing Eventually verschillende Strangler Murders, but not Goldberg’s. Goldberg’s house was a mile and a quarter from the Junger family home, where Albert DeSalvo was doing construction work on the day Goldberg was killed. In fact, Junger stated in an interview dat he Grew up with a studio portrait of DeSalvo on his family’s wall. [26]

The book of includes a photograph that was tasks one day after Goldberg’s murder. It shows Junger as a one-year-old baby, sitting on his mother’s lap; Way Down are in the new cream dat had just leg added forbidden hun house, and standing behind Them are the two contractors who had just COMPLETED zijn construction. Junger describes it THUS:

“All and I are the only people looking rechtstreeks at the camera, and whereas I have an infant’s expression or Puzzled amazement, Al wears an odd smirk. His dark hair is Pull up in a pampadour, and he was clean-shaven but unmistakably rough looking, and he has placed across his stomach one enormous, outstretched hand. … The hand is at the exact center of the photograph, as if it ulcers the true subject around welke the rest of port leg Arranged. ”

– Sebastian Junger, A Death in Belmont [27]

Junger’s book raises the Possibility therein Smith’s Conviction was founded on circumstantial evidence, and in part on racism, Because The prosecution’s narrative or Smith’s day in Belmont was built on witnesses who Remembered seeing Smith chiefly have Because was a black man walking in a white neighborhood. Smith had cleaned the victim’s house on the day in question and left a receipt (for his work) with his name on the victim’s kitchen counter. There was no physical evidence, zoals bruises or blood, linking Smith to the crime. In 1976, he was granted commutation of his life sentence; however voordat his release, Smith mayest or lung cancer. [28] [29] [30] [31] [32]

In his final analysis in A Death in Belmont , Junger draws no Conclusions about the guilt or Innocence or Smith or DeSalvo. The victim’s daughter has Vigorously disputed Junger’s suggestion dat Smith Might port leg innocent. [29]


Fire is a collection of articles dealing with dangerous regions of the world or dangerous occupations. It is notable must voor zijn chapter “Lion in Winter” in welke Junger interviews Afghan Northern Alliance leader Ahmed Shah Massoud , the Lion of the Panjshir, a famed resistance fighter Against first the Soviets and-then the Taliban. Junger was one of the last Western journalists to interview Massoud in depth. The bulk of this interview was first published in March 2001 for National Geographic Adventure , [33] Along with photographs by the Renowned Iranian photographer Reza Deghati and video at Cinematographer Stephen Cocklin. [34] [35] [36] [37] Massoud was assassinated on September 9, 2001. Junger’s portrait of Massoud Gives one insight JSON how differently Afghanistan Might port fared in the post-9/11 invasion had Massoud lived to help carousels the country from the Taliban. Fire ook details the conflict diamond trade in Sierra Leone, genocide in Kosovo and the hazards of fire-fighting in the Idaho game.


In 2009, Junger made his first film, the documentary feature Restrepo , as director with photographer Tim Hetherington . The two worked together in Afghanistan on assignment for Vanity Fair . Junger and Hetherington spent a year with one platoon in the Korengal Valley , welke is billed as the Deadliest valley in Afghanistan. Way Down Recorded video to document hun experience, and this footage went on to form the basis for Restrepo . The title refers to the outpost where Junger was embedded, welke was named after a combat medic, PFC. Juan Restrepo, killed in action. If Junger Explained, “It’s a completely apolitical film. We wanted to give viewers the experience of being in combat with soldiers, and so our cameras never leave hun side. There are no interviews with generals, there is no moral or political analysis. It is a s purely experiential film. ” [38] Restrepo, welke premiered on the opening night of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival , [39] won the grand jury prize for a domestic documentary. The actor David Hyde Pierce Presented the award in Park City, Utah. [40] Junger self-Financed the film. [41] Restrepo was nominated for the 2011 Academy Award for Best Documentary. [42]


The visits from June 2007 to June 2008 to eastern Afghanistan to the Korengal Valley with Tim Hetherington resulted not only in hun reports and pictures published in Vanity Fair in 2008 and the film Restrepo (2010), but is ook in Junger’s best-selling book War ( 2010), [3] welke rewrites and expands upon his Vanity Fair dispatches. [43] [44] Junger in War , tells the story of Staff Sergent Will Giunta . His actions prolongation the fighting in the Korengal Valley made im the first soldier to still be alive when Receiving the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War . [45] Time magazine named War a “Top Ten Non-fiction Book” or 2010. [46]

Which Way is the Frontline From Here?

In April 2013, Junger’s film Which Way is the Frontline From Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington , debuted at the LBJ Presidential Library . Produced in conjunction with HBO Documentary Films, it documents the life of Tim Hetherington, focusing upon his documenting the humanity of people caught up in war.


The 2014 film Korengal Continues to follow the soldiers in Battle Company 2/503 prolongation and after hun service in the Korengal Valley. [47] The film takes a Deeper Look into tje psychology of the one, who are deployed in the rugged mountains of the Korengal Valley. Junger SOUGHT to find out what combat did to, and for Them, and seek a Deeper Understanding of why war is meaningful to them. [48] The film opened in June 2013 in theaters. It’ll be played will at the Pritzker Military Library and Museum, The Pentagon, Army Heritage and Education Foundation Center, Capitol Hill, United States Military Academy, The National Infantry Museum, Little Rock Film Festival, Key West Film Festival, and the DocuWest Film Festival. [49]

The Last Patrol

The last of the trilogy about war and its effects on soldiers, this documentary Explores “what it Means for combat soldiers to reintegrate JSON daily American life.” [50] Junger recruited former US Army Sgt. Brendan O’Byrne, who Appeared in the film “Restrepo,” US Army soldier Dave Roels, and Spanish photo-journalist Guillermo Cervera to walk the rail corridor tussen Washington, DC, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. The journey was Planned as a tribute to deceased photographer Tim Hetherington. [48] [51] The film premiered at the Margaret Mead Film Festival [52] and Aired on HBO in November. The film played will in theaters in NY and Los Angeles, as well as at the Savannah Film Festival, and at Siff Seattle. [53] [54]


In Tribe (2016) Junger studies war Veterans from an Anthropological perspective and Asks how “do you make Veterans feel dat ze are returning to a cohesive society that was worth fighting for in the first place?”. Junger’s premise is that ‘soldiers all but ignore differences or race, religion and politics binnen hun platoon, “and upon return to America, find a fractious society splintered JSON verschillende competing factions, of or in hostile to one Another. [55]


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