The Unwinding

An Inner History of the New America

By George Packer
(Farrar Straus Giroux, Paperback, 9780374534608, 448pp.)

Publication Date: March 4, 2014

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The 2013 National Book Award Winner
A "New York Times" Bestseller


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 tells the story of the past three decades by journeying through the lives of several Americans, including a son of tobacco farmers who becomes an evangelist for a new economy in the rural South, a factory worker in the Rust Belt trying to survive the collapse of
her city, a Washington insider oscillating between political idealism and the lure of organized money, and a Silicon Valley billionaire who arrives at a radical vision of the future. Packer interweaves these stories with sketches of public figures, from Newt Gingrich to Jay-Z, and collages made from newspaper
headlines, advertising slogans, and song lyrics. Packer's 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 numerous 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 the novels "The Half Man" and "Central Square", and the works of nonfiction "The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America, The Village of Waiting" and "Blood of the Liberals", which won the 2001 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. His play, "Betrayed", ran in Manhattan for five months in 2008 and won the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play. He lives in Brooklyn.
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