Book Giveaway May 2010: War by Sebastian Junger - The Jose Vilson

Book Giveaway May 2010: War by Sebastian Junger

by Jose Vilson on April 27, 2010

in Book Giveaway

War by Sebastian Junger

Welcome to the first ever The Jose Vilson book giveaway!

-applause-

I’ll be doing a few of these giveaways over the next couple of months. The rules are as follows:

1. Leave a comment at the bottom of this post with the words: “It’s not about a salary; it’s all about reality!”

2. Subscribe to my blog either by e-mail or RSS.

That’s IT!

The last day to enter your comment is Cinco de Mayo (May 5th), 2010 at 11:59pm. A winner will be randomly selected from all the commenters. Multiple entries are not allowed. Once you win, I’ll contact you directly with further details.

The first book I’m giving away is WAR by Sebastian Junger. I’m really excited about this book! The editor writes:

Dear Reader,

Those of us who loved The Perfect Storm have been waiting for Sebastian Junger to return to his forte, the ordeals of men in extreme circumstances. So I am thrilled to introduce you to what I am certain will be one of the most powerful and widely read books of the season, WAR.

For fifteen months, Junger followed a single platoon that was based at a remote outpost in eastern Afghanistan. His objective was both simple and ambitious: to convey what soldiers experience – what war actually feels like.

It is a story of fear, of killing, and of love. Junger describes the bonding that happens among young men in battle. All animals will defend their young. Some will even defend their mates. But human beings are the only animals willing to die for a cause, and for one another. Better than anything i’ve read on this subject, WAR explains why.

Much has been written about the U.S. presence in Afghanistan, but not nearly enough attention has been focused on the soldiers themselves: how they love, what they see and learn and fee what they are at war. Sebastian Junger’s indelible account wil deepen your understanding of what’s happening in a distant part of the world, but WAR’s lasting contribution will be its acutely observed and heartfelt depiction of a defining experience that, for most of us, remains both a mystery and the ultimate test of character.

Jonathan Karp

Remember the rules and good luck to all the contestants!

Jose, who’s in such a giving mood …

P.S. – This book was generously offered by the folks at Hachette Book Group. Thank you!

Victoria S April 27, 2010 at 7:59 pm

It’s not about a salary; it’s all about reality!

Monise Seward April 27, 2010 at 8:07 pm

“It’s not about a salary; it’s all about reality!”

problemchylde April 27, 2010 at 8:08 pm

It’s not about a salary; it’s all about reality!

(And me. ;-) )

Brent (@BNiche) April 27, 2010 at 8:10 pm

It’s not about a salary; it’s all about reality!”… and making some noise.

Tracy Rosen April 27, 2010 at 8:24 pm

It’s not about a salary; it’s all about reality!

Tyrone M. April 27, 2010 at 9:16 pm

It’s not about a salary; it’s all about reality!

Jeannine Hendricks April 27, 2010 at 9:37 pm

I work in edutainment so I know “It’s not about a salary; it’s all about reality!”

Maura Alia Badji April 27, 2010 at 11:42 pm

“It’s not about a salary; it’s all about reality!”
–just ask a teacher! (or a blogger…)

{great idea, btw}

Ann F April 28, 2010 at 6:55 am

I’d like to read this book. It’s not about a salary; it’s all about reality!

Brian April 28, 2010 at 8:33 am

Just Subscribed!

“It’s not about a salary; it’s all about reality!”

david basile April 28, 2010 at 10:53 am

“It’s not about a salary; it’s all about reality!”

The F$%k it List April 28, 2010 at 2:48 pm

I actually pre-ordered this book Monday, I just wanted to show ya some L-O-V-E.

It’s not about a salary, it’s all about reality. Teachers teach and do the world good, Kings just rule and most are never understood.

Shari D April 28, 2010 at 5:46 pm

“It’s not about a salary,it’s all about reality!”

Kat April 28, 2010 at 10:48 pm

“it’s not about a salary, it’s all about reality!”

Neville Thompson April 29, 2010 at 5:39 am

It’s not about a salary; it’s all about reality!

Henley May 1, 2010 at 2:59 pm

It’s not about a salary; it’s all about reality!

PaulV8 May 2, 2010 at 11:47 am

“It’s not about a salary; it’s all about reality!”
Love Sebastian Junger- his clarity;his pathos. Students love his essays and stories like those found in “Fire.”
BTW, wish I could get to NYC to see “Fences.” I’m thinking about teaching that next year. Have you ever taught it?
Watched your “Latino in America” vid. When I tell me students that I am of Cuban descent, my suburban kids who have never met a Cuban in their lives, respond (almost always) “You don’t look Cuban!” I love that phrase.

Saida M Latigue May 2, 2010 at 4:28 pm

“It’s not about a salary; it’s all about reality!” – - just ask J.V. ;-)

Manny Perez May 3, 2010 at 6:31 pm

I guess one of the morals of being a soldier i a war, is that “It’s not about a salary; it’s all about reality!”…. ;-)
I hope Junger can communicate that reality in such a way that we can learn about the real world, outside of our American paradise. :-)

Jose May 3, 2010 at 7:42 pm

Thanks for the comments, guys. Only 2 days left!

The Brizza B. May 3, 2010 at 7:59 pm

“It’s not about a salary; it’s all about reality!”

I LOVE JLV!!!!!

Kathy Luman May 4, 2010 at 12:42 am

It’s not about a salary; it’s all about reality!

Jason May 4, 2010 at 3:15 pm

“It’s not about a salary; it’s all about reality!”

jason(at)allworldautomotive(dot)com

Ed Nemmers May 4, 2010 at 5:46 pm

It’s not about a salary; it’s all about reality!

Rafael May 4, 2010 at 10:40 pm

It’s not about a salary; it’s all about reality!

Phil May 5, 2010 at 12:21 am

“It’s not about a salary; it’s all about reality!”

debp May 5, 2010 at 7:51 am

“It’s not about salary; it’s about reality!”
twoofakind12@yahoo.com

debp May 5, 2010 at 7:51 am

I am a email subscriber.
twoofakind12@yahoo.com

SUSAN May 5, 2010 at 1:29 pm

“It’s not about a salary; it’s all about reality!”

susan smoaks May 5, 2010 at 2:42 pm

It’s not about a salary; it’s all about reality!

i suscribe

Michelle May 5, 2010 at 5:25 pm

It’s not about a salary; it’s all about reality!”

Aaminah May 5, 2010 at 9:08 pm

ok, i’ll bite, LOL… “It’s not about a salary; it’s all about reality!”

brian e. May 5, 2010 at 9:29 pm

Thanks for the giveaway… “It’s not about a salary; it’s all about reality!”

…subscribed via RSS.

Renee G May 5, 2010 at 11:15 pm

“It’s not about a salary; it’s all about reality!”
Follow by email
rsgrandinetti@yahoo(DOT)com

Lily Kwan May 5, 2010 at 11:42 pm

It’s not about a salary; it’s all about reality! I subscribed by email.

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