May 18, 2011 — Much talked-about novels arrive this week: Emma Donoghue's Room, about a captive mother and child, Justin Cronin's apocalyptic vampire novel The Passage, and Brady Udall's The Lonely Polygamist. In nonfiction, there's Sebastian Junger's War in Afghanistan, and Robert McCrum explains how English become the world's common tongue.
Dec 20, 2010 — Even in boom times, family conversations about politics, money and race tend to be explosive, and arguments get even more heated when times are tough. Consuming this year's feast of great nonfiction books will deepen your knowledge of our struggling world — and maybe guarantee victory at the dinner table.
Jun 18, 2010 — In his latest book, War, Sebastian Junger, author of The Perfect Storm, once more reveals his gift for riveting storytelling. NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson says readers won't get any closer to the front lines in Afghanistan unless they enlist. But the book fails to achieve a more nuanced look at the tangled politics of this particular war and the Afghans themselves.
May 11, 2010 — The author visited Afghanistan's Korengal Valley five times in 2007 and 2008 as a reporter embedded with part of the U.S. Army's 173rd Airborne Brigade as it attempted to thwart the Taliban in rough mountain terrain.