April 21, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT

MAN AT WAR
”That’s me the day Kabul fell [while I was] filing a report to ABC. We were right on the front line.” Seconds after the photo was taken, a mortar hit near where Junger was standing.

FULL METAL JACKET
”I was embedded with U.S. [Army] Rangers in Afghanistan. You did everything but go to sleep with this [bulletproof] vest on. You never knew when someone would start shooting.”

HOUSE OF BLUES
”When I was 22, I got lessons from a harmonica player who used to play for Muddy Waters. About 10 years ago, some friends of mine and I put together a band called Willy and the Po’ Boys. For a few years we played in the basement of a bar in Provincetown.”

WORLD TOUR
Junger has held on to all his passports. The newer one, has stamps from ”Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Sierra Leone.” The other is circa 1962: ”I’m one year old. There’s a hideous baby picture inside.”

ON THE EDGE
This sword is a standout in Junger’s collection. ”In 2001, I was in Kabul and I picked it up for about five bucks on Chicken Street, which is where you get all the crazy old stuff floating around Afghanistan. It’s an old British sword. I keep going to countries that have crazy knives. I don’t have some fetish or anything.”

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