The Unwinding

George Packer narrates the story of America over the past three decades, bringing to the task his empathy with people facing difficult challenges, his sharp eye for detail and a gift for weaving together engaging narratives.

The Unwinding

The Unwinding

America is in crisis. In the space of a generation, it has become more than ever a country of winners and losers, as industries have failed, institutions have disappeared and the country's focus has shifted to idolise celebrity and wealth. George Packer narrates the story of America over the past three decades, bringing to the task his empathy with people facing difficult challenges, his sharp eye for detail and a gift for weaving together engaging narratives. The Unwinding moves deftly back and forth through the lives of its people, 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 industrial Midwest attempting to survive the collapse of her city; Jeff Connaughton, a political careerist in Washington; and Peter Thiel, a Silicon Valley billionaire. Their stories are interspersed with biographical sketches of the era's leading public figures, from Oprah Winfrey to Steve Jobs, to create a rich, wise and very human portrait of the USA in these hard times. The Unwinding portrays a superpower coming apart at the seams, its elites and institutions no longer working, leaving ordinary people to improvise their own schemes for salvation. George Packer is also the author of The Assassin's Gate, which was named one of the ten best books of 2005 by the New York Times and won the Helen Bernstein Book Award. 'A tour de force . . . A fascinating journey through an America that has largely remained hidden from view. There are echoes of Don DeLillo's Underworld in the scope of Packer's vision and his deft eye for language and detail.' Sunday Business Post

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The Unwinding
Language: en
Pages: 448
Authors: George Packer
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-06-10 - Publisher: Faber & Faber

America is in crisis. In the space of a generation, it has become more than ever a country of winners and losers, as industries have failed, institutions have disappeared and the country's focus has shifted to idolise celebrity and wealth. George Packer narrates the story of America over the past
The Unwinding
Language: en
Pages: 108
Authors: Save Time Summaries Staff
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-08-21 - Publisher:

SAVE TIME & UNDERSTAND MORE! WARNING: This is not the actual book The Unwinding by George Packer. Do not buy this Summary, Review & Analysis if you are looking for a full copy of this great book.Instead, we have already read The Unwinding and pulled out some of the key
The Unwinding of the Miracle
Language: en
Pages: 336
Authors: Julie Yip-Williams
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-02-05 - Publisher: Random House

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Read with Jenna Book Club Pick as Featured on Today • As a young mother facing a terminal diagnosis, Julie Yip-Williams began to write her story, a story like no other. What began as the chronicle of an imminent and early death became something much
The Unwinding
Language: en
Pages: 192
Authors: Jackie Morris
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-09-16 - Publisher:

Longlisted for the 2020 Kate Greenaway Medal'A quiet masterpiece . . . a love story, a hope story, a story out of time, out of stricture, out of the narrow artificial bounds by which we try to contain the wild wonderland of reality because we are too frightened to live
Summary, Analysis & Review of George Packer’s The Unwinding by Instaread
Language: en
Pages: 44
Authors: Instaread
Categories: Study Aids
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-01-06 - Publisher: Instaread

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