February 23, 2012
By John Rudoff
Sebastian Junger, the well-known author of The Perfect Storm and War, and director of Academy Award nominated documentary ‘Restrepo’, lectured to a sold-out audience of 2400 at Portland’s Literary Arts and Lecture Series on Thursday. The Arlene Schnitzer concert hall was almost filled.
Although better-known for The Perfect Storm, the entire subject of his talk was the lessons he learned and insight he gained from covering wars as a journalist and documentarian. In particular, he focused on the year he spent embedded with an American platoon of about 30 men in almost daily lethal combat in the Korengal Valley in Afghanistan.