Unwinding An Inner History of the New America

ISBN-10: 0374102414
ISBN-13: 9780374102418
Edition: 2013
Authors: George Packer
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Description: American democracy in our time is beset by a sense of crisis. Seismic shifts during a single generation have created a country of winners and losers, leaving the social contract in pieces, and setting its citizens adrift to find new paths forward.  More...

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Book details

List price: $27.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 5/21/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 448
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

American democracy in our time is beset by a sense of crisis. Seismic shifts during a single generation have created a country of winners and losers, leaving the social contract in pieces, and setting its citizens adrift to find new paths forward. In The Unwinding, George Packer narrates the story of this America over the past three decades with his characteristically sharp eye for detail and gift for weaving together complex narratives.The Unwinding moves back and forth through the lives of six characters as they approach the present, including Dean Price, 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 trying to survive the collapse of her city; Jeff Connaughton, a career Washington insider who oscillates between idealism and organized money; and Peter Thiel, a Silicon Valley billionaire with a radical vision of the future.The narrative juxtaposes these intimate stories with biographical sketches of the era's leading public figures, and with collages of headlines, slogans, songs, ideals, follies, and frauds, capturing the year-by-year flow of events and undercurrents. The Unwinding portrays a superpower in danger of coming apart at the seams, its elites no longer elite, its institutions no longer relevant, and ordinary people struggling to improvise their own schemes for success and salvation.

George Packer is an American writer, teacher, and former Peace Corps volunteer. He was also a writing instructor at Harvard, Bennington, and Emerson Universities. Packer was born on August 13, 1960, in Santa Clara, California. Packer's experience with the Peace Corps helped him write the book The Village is Waiting. He has also written The Half Man, Central Square and The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq. He was a supporter of the Iraq war. He was a finalist for the 2004 Michael Kelly Award. In 2013, Packer's work of nonfiction entitled, The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America, won the U.S. National Book Award.

Prologue
1978
Dean Price
Total War: Newt Gingrich
Jeff Connaughton
1984
Tammy Thomas
Her Own: Oprah Winfrey
Jeff Connaughton
1987
Craftsman: Raymond Carver
Dean Price
Tammy Thomas
Mr. Sam: Sam Walton
1994
Jeff Connaughton
Silicon Valley
1999
Dean Price
Tammy Thomas
2003
Institution Man (1): Colin Powell
Jeff Connaughton
Dean Price
Radish Queen: Alice Waters
Tampa
Silicon Valley
2008
Institution Man (2): Robert Rubin
Jeff Connaughton
Tammy Thomas
Dean Price
Just Business: Jay-Z
Tampa
Jeff Connaughton
2010
Citizen Journalist: Andrew Breitbart
Tampa
Dean Price
Tammy Thomas
Tampa
Prairie Populist: Elizabeth Warren
Wall Street
2012
Silicon Valley
Jeff Connaughton
Tampa
Tammy Thomas
Dean Price
A Note on Sources
Acknowledgments

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