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The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America


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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 Internets significance and arrives at a radical vision of the future. Packer interweaves these intimate stories with biographical sketches of the eras 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. Packers novelistic and kaleidoscopic history of the new America is his most ambitious work to date.

About the Author

George Packer is a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of The Assassins 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.

Table of Contents




Dean Price

Total War: Newt Gingrich

Jeff Connaughton


Tammy Thomas

Her Own: Oprah Winfrey

Jeff Connaughton


Craftsman: Raymond Carver

Dean Price

Tammy Thomas

Mr. Sam: Sam Walton


Jeff Connaughton

Silicon Valley


Dean Price Tammy Thomas 2003

Institution Man (1): Colin Powell

Jeff Connaughton


Dean Price

Radish Queen: Alice Waters


Silicon Valley


Institution Man (2): Robert Rubin

Jeff Connaughton

Tammy Thomas

Dean Price

Just Business: Jay-Z



Jeff Connaughton


Citizen Journalist: Andrew Breitbart


Dean Price

Tammy Thomas


Prairie Populist: Elizabeth Warren

Wall Street


Silicon Valley

Jeff Connaughton


Tammy Thomas

Dean Price

A Note on Sources


Product Details

Packer, George
MacMillan Audio
US History - 20th Century
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5.28 x 5.88 x 1.49 in 1 lb

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