"The Lion in Winter"

Listen to Sebastian Junger read his profile of Afghan rebel Ahmed Shah Massoud, from in his new book, "Fire."

Published November 6, 2001 9:00AM (EST)

With "Fire," the long-awaited new work by the author of "The Perfect Storm," Sebastian Junger takes readers off the deck of the Andrea Gail and into the inferno of a fire burning out of control in the steep canyons of Idaho.

Here is the same meticulous prose brought to bear on the inner workings of a terrifying elemental force; here is a cast of characters risking everything in an effort to bring that force under control. Few writers have been to so many desperate corners of the globe as has Sebastian Junger; fewer still have provided such starkly memorable evocations of characters and events.

From the murderous mechanics of the diamond trade in Sierra Leone to the logic of guerrilla warfare in Afghanistan and the forensics of genocide in Kosovo, this new collection of Junger's nonfiction will take you places you wouldn't dream of going on your own.

Sebastian Junger is the author of the international bestseller "The Perfect Storm" and a National Magazine Award-winning journalist. He lives in New York.

Listen to an excerpt from "The Lion in Winter," Junger's account of the Taliban and their opponents featured in "Fire" [Harper Audio].

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