Sebastian Junger is the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author of “WAR”, “The Perfect Storm”, “A Death in Belmont”, and “Fire”. As a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and as a contributor to ABC News, he has covered major international news stories in Afghanistan, Kosovo, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. He has been awarded the National Magazine Award and an SAIS Novartis Prize for Journalism. Junger became a fixture in the national media when, as a first-time author, he commanded the New York Times best-seller list for more than three years with “The Perfect Storm”, which later set sales records and became a major motion picture from Warner Bros.
For the last decade, Junger has been travelling to the front lines of the war in Afghanistan, most recently embedded with the United States Army’s 2nd Platoon of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team. Reporting on the war from the soldiers’ perspective, Junger and photographer Tim Hetherington spent more than six months behind enemy lines in a remote Korengal Valley outpost and experienced first-hand the physical and emotional struggles of fighting in one of the deadliest regions of the world. The professional result is twofold: New York Times bestseller “WAR” (Hachette Book Group, May, 2010), and a 96-minute documentary “Restrepo”, which won the 2010 Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and will air on National Geographic Channel in November, 2010, and in theatres across the U.S. and overseas.