My guest today on the podcast is Sebastian Junger, a journalist, war correspondent, number one New York Times bestselling author, and award-winning documentary filmmaker. I first became aware of Sebastian’s work through his debut novel, THE PERFECT STORM, which spent three years on the New York Times bestsellers list and was later made into the movie starring George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg. His debut film, RESTREPO, documents the wartime experience of a platoon in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley and was nominated for an Academy Award.
My guest today is my friend and bestselling author, the great Steven Pressfield . He is the author of THE LEGEND OF BAGGER VANCE, GATES OF FIRE, THE AFGHAN CAMPAIGN, LAST OF THE AMAZONS, KILLING ROMMEL, and THE WARRIOR ETHOS, among many others. He has also penned a series of books on creativity, books I read as I was starting my writer’s journey: THE WAR OF ART, TURNING PRO, DO THE WORK, THE AUTHENTIC SWING, and THE ARTIST’S JOURNEY. His latest novel is A MAN AT ARMS, the story of a character you may remember from TIDES OF WAR, THE VIRTUES OF WAR, and THE PROFESSION, the solitary mercenary, Telamon of Arcadia.
Chris Ryan, an SAS Operator, is the bestselling author of seventy works of fiction and non-fiction, including THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY, which details his experience on E&E (Escape & Evasion) during the 1991 Gulf War. The only member of his eight-man team to not be captured or killed, Chris evaded enemy patrols and survived over a 300-kilometer journey to the Syrian border. It was the longest escape and evasion in the history of the SAS.