The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America

Kobo ebook | May 21, 2013

byGeorge Packer

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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.

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The 2013 National Book Award WinnerA New York Times BestsellerSelected by New York Times' critic Dwight Garner as a Favorite Book of 2013One of Amazon's Best Books of 2013A New York Times Notable Book of 2013A Washington Post Best Political Book of 2013An NPR Best Book of 2013A New Republic Best Book of 2013One of Publishers Weekly's B...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:May 21, 2013Publisher:Farrar, Straus And GirouxLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1466836954

ISBN - 13:9781466836952


Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Recommendation for "The Unwinding" I have just finished reading George Packer's book "The Unwinding", a gripping and disturbing account of the change (the 'unwinding') that has occurred in America over the past four decades. The author reveals this change through glimpses into the lives of individuals - ordinary citizens, public figures and corporation leaders, - over the time period from the 1960's to the present. It is a book that I could barely put down. I think that it is a 'must-read' for any who wish to get some insight into the nature of the 'powers and principalities' that influence the shape of our nations. I wish every Canadian politician would read this book.
Date published: 2014-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding Regardless of whom you voted for in the last 8 elections - this book is a must read. Impeccably written.
Date published: 2013-07-08