Freedom (CD-Audio)

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"This is a small book with a large message.  Junger walked 400 miles along the railroad tracks in the Northeast – much of it in PA. Four friends joined him for all or part of the journey.  As he wrote about this experience he interspersed walking information with history – of the railroad building, of the Native Americans who originally travelled the valleys and paths through the mountains.  He discusses the philosophy of what it means to be free.  The men carried everything they needed, occasionally stopping in small towns for breakfast at a local diner and to replenish supplies. They relied on each other and on their knowledge, experience and ingenuity.  Junger’s writing is informative, thought-provoking and often surprising in the ideas he melds together.  Good reading!!"

— Susan

Description


A 2022 Audie Award Finalist

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.

About the Author


Sebastian Junger is the New York Times bestselling author of TribeWar, Freedom, A Death in Belmont, Fire, and The Perfect Storm, and codirector of the documentary film Restrepo, which was nominated for an Academy Award. He is also the winner of a Peabody Award and the National Magazine Award for Reporting.

Sebastian Junger is the New York Times bestselling author of TribeWar, Freedom, A Death in Belmont, Fire, and The Perfect Storm, and codirector of the documentary film Restrepo, which was nominated for an Academy Award. He is also the winner of a Peabody Award and the National Magazine Award for Reporting.

Praise For…


"Like Hemingway, Orwell, or Churchill himself, Sebastian Junger is intoxicated by life's perilous extremities. He's chased the front in Bosnia, Serbia, and—most famously—Afghanistan. His voice is like a fingerprint, a baritone played on vocal cords pulled almost to the breaking point. Now the writer meditates on independence and interdependence as he, three friends, and a dog hike and camp rough along 400 miles of track right here in the relative safety of the U.S. of A. The vagrants march through rain, cook over open fires. Trains so heavy and fast "they seem to set the whole world in motion" explode the solitude. The hike stitches the narrative together, but all is window dressing for Junger's two great loves: courage and a naked heart. You'll hear it in his voice."
— AudioFile Magazine
Product Details
ISBN: 9781797122250
ISBN-10: 1797122258
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Publication Date: May 18th, 2021
Language: English