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Sebastian Junger

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Sebastian Junger is an author, journalist and documentarian, most famous for the best-selling book The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea, his award-winning chronicle of the war in Afghanistan in the 2010 movie Restrepo, and his 2010 book War.

Junger was born in Belmont, Massachusetts, and grew up in the neighborhood of the Boston Strangler, which later inspired his 2006 book A Death in Belmont about the event. He received a National Magazine Award in 2000 for "The Forensics of War," published in Vanity Fair, where he still works as a contributing editor, and a DuPont-Columbia Award for broadcast journalism for his work on The Other War: Afghanistan, produced with ABC News and Vanity Fair, which appeared on Nightline in 2008.

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