The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America

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The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America

by George Packer

Macmillan Audio | December 5, 2013 | Audio Book (CD)

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The 2013 National Book Award Winner

A "New York Times" Bestseller
Selected by "New York Times"' 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 Assassins' 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 Internet's significance and arrives at a radical vision of the future. Packer interweaves these intimate stories with biographical sketches of the era's 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. Packer's novelistic and kaleidoscopic history of the new America is his most ambitious work to date.

Format: Audio Book (CD)

Dimensions: 0.79 × 0.79 × 0.79 in

Published: December 5, 2013

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1427251401

ISBN - 13: 9781427251404

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The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America

The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America

by George Packer

Format: Audio Book (CD)

Dimensions: 0.79 × 0.79 × 0.79 in

Published: December 5, 2013

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1427251401

ISBN - 13: 9781427251404

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The 2013 National Book Award Winner

A "New York Times" Bestseller
Selected by "New York Times"' 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 Assassins' 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 Internet's significance and arrives at a radical vision of the future. Packer interweaves these intimate stories with biographical sketches of the era's 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. Packer's novelistic and kaleidoscopic history of the new America is his most ambitious work to date.

About the Author

George Packer is an American writer, teacher, and former Peace Corps volunteer. He was also a writing instructor at Harvard, Bennington, and Emerson Universities. Packer was born on August 13, 1960, in Santa Clara, California. Packer's experience with the Peace Corps helped him write the book The Village is Waiting. He has also written The Half Man, Central Square and The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq. He was a supporter of the Iraq war. He was a finalist for the 2004 Michael Kelly Award. In 2013, Packer's work of nonfiction entitled, The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America, won the U.S. National Book Award.
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