The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America

Author(s): George Packer


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 ofher 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 newspaperheadlines, advertising slogans, and song lyrics. Packer's novelistic and kaleidoscopic history of the new America is his most ambitious work to date.


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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 recent books include "Interesting Times: Writings from a Turbulent" "Decade." He lives in Brooklyn.

General Fields

  • : 9780374534608
  • : Farrar, Straus & Giroux
  • : Farrar, Straus & Giroux
  • : March 2014
  • : 208mm X 137mm X 30mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : George Packer
  • : Paperback / softback
  • : English
  • : 973.924
  • : 448