Like a small Middle-weight contender, Tribe's approximate 150 pages come at you swinging. Seldom do you find a book so concise that forces you to re-orientate how you look at society and veterans. For me, this book reset my notions on the why in our human behavior.
Two components lay at the core of this book by Sebastian Junger. The first is our natural tribal instincts and the fact affluence is actually a factor in depression, suicide rates, and mental illness going up in a society. Junger, a trained anthropologist, uses studies and historical records to reach back and show how different peoples, in different places, and different eras, struggled with the same tribal instinct.
That struggle ties into the second core element here - veterans. Junger is known for his war reporting. He's been under fire and has suffered from PTSD. But he has a different take - rooted in anthropological evidence - on causes of PTSD and how society can help treat it. Your view of veterans, how you react to them, will change after reading this book.
I can't say enough about this book. Definitely one of the most important books I've ever read. The deepest one I've read this year. Finding our place is a struggle in modern society. A good first step is picking up this book and finding out what a tribe really means. Tribe is a must read!