With his hair-raising and enthralling true adventure story, the blockbuster The Perfect Storm, renowned investigative journalist Sebastian Junger chronicled a story of heroism and tragedy wrought by a tropical storm while single-handedly reviving a new genre: the true-life disaster tale. His latest, A Death in Belmont, investigates his family's eerie connection to the Boston Strangler murders.
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New York, New York
Date of Birth:
January 17, 1962
Place of Birth:
B.A. in Anthropology, Wesleyan University, 1984
National Magazine Award for "The Forensics of War," 2000
|An Author's Advice|
|In our interview, we asked Junger what advice he'd give to aspiring writers. He offers: "Read a lot. Travel. Put yourself in situations where you're not entirely in control and study your reaction to it."|
|The Breakout Bestseller||Junger's Reading Recommendations|
|The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea|
The book that made Junger famous is an informative yet sympathetic look at how a powerful storm and the lives in a fishing village collided in 1991. The New York Times Book Review called Storm "Thrilling -- a boat ride into and (for us) out of a watery hell."
|Young Men and Fire|
We asked Junger to tell us about some of his all-time favorite books, and Norman Maclean's Young Men and Fire made his list. "I liked the way [Maclean] methodically broke down the tragedy of the mountain, the way he figured out what forces of nature killed those thirteen smokejumpers," he recalls. Read out interview to learn more about Junger's best-loved books, and the writers who have inspired him.
|Photo by Michael Kamber||