Sebastian Junger, best known for The Perfect Storm, was embedded with a single platoon through their 15-month tour of duty in the most dangerous outpost in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley. Junger’s story of the dangers these soldiers faced every day should balance the bland reporting on our “progress” in Afghanistan. You get to know the soldiers on a personal level as Junger captures their hopes, dreams, fears, and nightmares. The soldiers cope with their stresses in various, dysfunctional ways. WAR should be required reading for everyone at the Pentagon and the State Department.