Freedom (Paperback)

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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


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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781982153427
ISBN-10: 1982153423
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: July 4th, 2023
Pages: 176
Language: English