Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging

Written by:
Sebastian Junger
Narrated by:
Sebastian Junger

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
May 2016
3 hours 0 minutes
We have a strong instinct to belong to small groups defined by clear purpose and understanding--'tribes.' This tribal connection has been largely lost in modern society, but regaining it may be the key to our psychological survival.

Decades before the American Revolution, Benjamin Franklin lamented that English settlers were constantly fleeing over to the Indians-but Indians almost never did the same. Tribal society has been exerting an almost gravitational pull on Westerners for hundreds of years, and the reason lies deep in our evolutionary past as a communal species. The most recent example of that attraction is combat veterans who come home to find themselves missing the incredibly intimate bonds of platoon life. The loss of closeness that comes at the end of deployment may explain the high rates of post-traumatic stress disorder suffered by military veterans today.

Combining history, psychology, and anthropology, Tribe explores what we can learn from tribal societies about loyalty, belonging, and the eternal human quest for meaning. It explains the irony that-for many veterans as well as civilians-war feels better than peace, adversity can turn out to be a blessing, and disasters are sometimes remembered more fondly than weddings or tropical vacations. Tribe explains why we are stronger when we come together, and how that can be achieved even in today's divided world.
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started strong. a bit wobbly at end

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Mira O.

This book echos thoughts and feelings I've been feeling for awhile but never understood why. I think the part about saying rape trauma is easier to overcome and fix is completely ignorant but the rest of the book is wonderfully written.

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George A.

wonderful description of how society is still based in tribes

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Frank J.

Breathtaking, must read

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We do live in a fragmented society. It's a book that is food for thought. He is always a good read.

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Cyndi Pearl A

Lots of food for thought and much of what I can relate to is intellectually examined and explained. Great work!

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Edgar F

Following the data collected on human behavior can sometimes lead towards results we probably don’t want to see in ourselves. I hope we can find new, peaceful & constructive ways to hack this part of evolution that doesn’t serve us anymore.

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Jeff P

Great book and definitely and interesting listen. I heard about this book while listening to Sebastian's interview with Joe Rogan and was certainly not let down.

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Robert D

I found this very interesting and had great food for thought.

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