The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America

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Macmillan, May 21, 2013 - History - 434 pages
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The 2013†National Book Award Winner

A New York Times Bestseller
Selected by New York Timesí critic Dwight Garner as a Favorite Book of 2013
One of Amazon's Best Books of 2013
A New York Times Notable Book of 2013
A Washington Post Best Political Book of 2013
An NPR†Best Book of 2013
A New Republic Best Book of 2013
One of Publishers Weekly's Best Nonfiction Books of 2013
A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Book of 2013

A riveting examination of a nation in crisis, from one of the finest political journalists of our generation

American democracy is beset by a sense of crisis. Seismic shifts during a single generation have created a country of winners and losers, allowing unprecedented freedom while rending the social contract, driving the political system to the verge of breakdown, and setting citizens adrift to find new paths forward. In The Unwinding, George Packer, author of The Assassinsí Gate: America in Iraq, tells the story of the United States over the past three decades in an utterly original way, with his characteristically sharp eye for detail and gift for weaving together complex narratives.
†††† The Unwinding journeys through the lives of several Americans, including Dean Price, the son of tobacco farmers, who becomes an evangelist for a new economy in the rural South; Tammy Thomas, a factory worker in the Rust Belt trying to survive the collapse of her city; Jeff Connaughton, a Washington insider oscillating between political idealism and the lure of organized money; and Peter Thiel, a Silicon Valley billionaire who questions the Internetís significance and arrives at a radical vision of the future. Packer interweaves these intimate stories with biographical sketches of the eraís leading public figures, from Newt Gingrich to Jay-Z, and collages made from newspaper headlines, advertising slogans, and song lyrics that capture the flow of events and their undercurrents.
†††† The Unwinding portrays a superpower in danger of coming apart at the seams, its elites no longer elite, its institutions no longer working, its ordinary people left to improvise their own schemes for success and salvation. Packerís novelistic and kaleidoscopic history of the new America is his most ambitious work to date.

  

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The prose is excellent and poignant. - Goodreads
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User Review  - Charlie Richmond - Goodreads

Very interesting and thoroughly researched and analysed but of course it's only a step in the history of New America and there are many more updates to be done. Read full review

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User Review  - Jeremy - Goodreads

The subtitle of this book tells the story. "An Inner History of the New America" An Inner history. Not a polemic, not a manifesto, not a scientific analysis, (though at times Packer sort of subsumes ... Read full review

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About the author (2013)

George Packer is a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of The Assassinsí Gate: America in Iraq, which received several prizes and was named one of the ten best books of 2005 by The New York Times Book Review. He is also the author of two novels, The Half Man and Central Square, and two other works of nonfiction, Blood of the Liberals, which won the 2001 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, and The Village of Waiting. His play, Betrayed, ran off-Broadway for five months in 2008 and won the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play. His most recent book is Interesting Times: Writings from a Turbulent Decade. He lives in Brooklyn.

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