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Packer, George 1960-

Overview
Works: 73 works in 313 publications in 8 languages and 12,278 library holdings
Genres: Biographies  History  Essays  Autobiographies  Drama  Internet videos  Fiction  Psychological fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Pictorial works 
Roles: Author, Speaker, Bibliographic antecedent, Editor, Interviewee, Compiler, Creator, Printer
Classifications: E839, 973.924
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The unwinding : an inner history of the new America by George Packer( Book )

52 editions published between 2013 and 2018 in 8 languages and held by 2,856 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 this book the author tells the story of the United States over the past three decades. The book 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 Internet's significance and arrives at a radical vision of the future. The author interweaves these intimate stories with biographical sketches of the era's 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. Through an examination of the lives of these Americans and leading public figures over the past three decades, the book 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
The assassins' gate : America in Iraq by George Packer( Book )

41 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 2,681 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book recounts how the United States set about changing the history of the Middle East and became ensnared in a guerrilla war in Iraq. It brings to life the people and ideas that created the Bush administration's war policy and led America to the Assassins' Gate--the main point of entry into the American zone in Baghdad. The consequences of that policy are shown in the author's reporting on the ground in Iraq for The New Yorker. We see up close the struggles of American soldiers and civilians and Iraqis from all backgrounds, thrown together by a war that followed none of the preconceived scripts. The book also describes the war in American life: the ideological battles in Washington, the ordeal of a fallen soldier's family, and the political culture of a country too polarized to realize such a vast and morally complex undertaking.--From publisher description
Our man : Richard Holbrooke and the end of the American century by George Packer( Book )

23 editions published between 2019 and 2020 in 3 languages and held by 1,174 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From the award-winning author of The Unwinding--the brilliantly told saga of the ambition, idealism, and hubris of one of the most legendary and complicated figures in recent American history, set amid the rise and fall of U.S. power from Vietnam to Afghanistan. Richard Holbrooke was brilliant, utterly self-absorbed, and possessed of almost inhuman energy and appetites. Admired and detested, he was the force behind the Dayton Accords that ended the Balkan wars, America's greatest diplomatic achievement in the post Cold War era. His power lay in an utter belief in himself and his idea of a muscular, generous foreign policy. From his days as a young adviser in Vietnam to his last efforts to end the war in Afghanistan, Holbrooke embodied the postwar American impulse to take the lead on the global stage. But his sharp elbows and tireless self-promotion ensured that he never rose to the highest levels in government that he so desperately coveted. His story is thus the story of America during its era of supremacy: its strength, drive, and sense of possibility, as well as its penchant for overreach and heedless self-confidence. In TK, drawn from Holbrooke's diaries and papers, we are given a nonfiction narrative that is both intimate and epic in its revelatory portrait of this extraordinary and deeply flawed man, and the elite spheres of society and government he inhabited"--Publisher's description
All art is propaganda : critical essays by George Orwell( Book )

13 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 888 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Offering commentary on the worlds of film, drama, literature, and language, a collection of criticism and essays by the author of "1984" includes such pieces as "Politics and the English Language," "Rudyard Kipling," and "Good Bad Books."
Facing unpleasant facts : narrative essays by George Orwell( Book )

15 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 792 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Honoring the author's mastery of the essay form, brings together such classic works as "Shooting an Elephant" with passages from his wartime diary and lesser-known journalistic pieces that weave together the personal and political in studies of his boyhood in an English boarding school and his experiences during the Spanish Civil War
The unwinding : [an inner history of the new America] by George Packer( Recording )

12 editions published between 2013 and 2017 in English and held by 377 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

George Packer 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 portrays a superpower in danger of coming apart at the seams, its elites no longer elite, institutions no longer working, and its ordinary people left to improvise their own schemes for success and salvation
The fight is for democracy : winning the war of ideas in America and the world( Book )

10 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 360 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In The Fight Is for Democracy, nine leading writers take a hard, and at times personal, look at American life and America's role in the world. These pieces share a belief in the need for liberal reform at home and abroad. Power alone is not enough to win hearts and minds around the world. The war against terrorism should be a war for democracy."--Jacket
Bill Moyers Journal : Capitalism in Crisis / What's Next for Iraq?( Visual )

3 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 248 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Is there a crisis in American capitalism? Investment industry luminary John Bogle-one of Fortune''s four "Giants of the 20th Century"--Tells Bill Moyers that as more and more money managers take control over corporations on Wall Street, stockholders are paying the price. Turning to Iraq, the program looks at what is happening in the war-torn country''s neighboring states, focusing on the rising number of displaced Iraqis-a figure topping 4 million, according to some estimates. NPR''s Deborah Amos, just back from Damascus, and The New Yorker''s George Packer discuss the regional humanitarian crisis emerging from the Iraq war. In addition, Bill Moyers remembers two soldiers fallen in Iraq
Central square : a novel by George Packer( Book )

6 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 246 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On returning from Africa, a black American finds himself mistaken for an African. He plays along and becomes a street magician and healer in Boston. A look at the street life of the underclass. By the author of The Half Man
Betrayed by George Packer( Book )

5 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 219 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Millions of Iraqis, spanning the country's religious and ethnic spectrum, welcomed the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. But the mostly young men and women who embraced America's project so enthusiastically that they were prepared to risk their lives for it by aiding the U.S. forces constituted a small minority. On a cold, wet night in January 2007. George Packer met two such Iraqi men in the lobby of the Palestine hotel in Baghdad to hear their stories and those of other Iraqis working as translators and additional key personnel for the U.S. military and occupation authorities. They had assumed that their perspective would be valuable to foreigners who knew little or nothing of Iraq. But instead of respect and gratitude, those who chose to help bridge the gap between the occupiers and the occupied were met with suspicion and hostility. They have been killed by insurgents and militias, ignored by U.S. officials, fired from their jobs without reason or recourse, and prevented from fleeing to the United States for safety." "Based on Packer's account in The New Yorker, Betrayed is a riveting and morally complex drama that explores in the Iraqis' own words the ways in which we have already abandoned them."--Jacket
The half man by George Packer( Book )

2 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 112 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Betrayed by George Packer( )

13 editions published between 2009 and 2015 in English and held by 108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based on the journalist-playwright₂s original article in The New Yorker, Betrayed is the story of three young Iraqi translators who risk everything for America's promise of freedom while their country collapses around them. ₃The clarity of the writing, the urgency of the story being told ⁵ give the play a sharp dramatic impact and a plain-spoken beauty. Painful human experience is presented here as just that
The photographs of Arthur Rothstein by Arthur Rothstein( Book )

3 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Critical essays by George Orwell( Book )

3 editions published in 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 72 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As a critic, George Orwell cast a wide net. Equally at home in discussing Charles Dickens & Charlie Chaplin, he moved back & forth across the borders between essay & journalism. These essays follow Orwell as he shows in piece after piece how intent analysis of a work or a body of work gives rise to aesthetic & philosophical commentary.--Publisher
Narrative essays by George Orwell( Book )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 65 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

George Orwell was first and foremost an essayist. From his earliest published article in 1928 to his death in 1950, he produced an array of short non-fiction that reflected the fraught times in which he lived and wrote. This volume charts Orwell's development as a master of the narrative-essay form
The unwinding : thirty years of American decline by George Packer( Book )

8 editions published between 2013 and 2019 in English and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Just over a decade into the new millennium, America is beset by a sense of crisis. The seismic shifts that occurred in the space of a generation have created a country of winners and losers, leaving the social contract in pieces. In 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 moves deftly back and forth through the lives of half a dozen characters, 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 trying to survive the collapse of her city; Jeff Connaughton, a Washington careerist; and Peter Thiel, a Silicon Valley billionaire. The narrative alternates these intimately told stories with biographical sketches of the era's leading public figures, from Oprah Winfrey to Steve Jobs, capturing the year-by-year flow of events ... 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
The assassins' gate : America in Iraq by George Packer( Recording )

7 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in English and held by 54 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Assassins' Gate, dubbed so by American soldiers, is the entrance to the American zone in the city of Baghdad. In 2003, the United States blazed into Iraq to depose dictator Saddam Hussein. But after three years and unknown thousands killed, that country faces an escalating civil war and an uncertain fate. How did it get to this point? George Packer describes the players and ideas behind the Bush administration's war policy. He also provides first-hand accounts of the men and women--both civilian and military, coalition and Iraqi--who are caught in the middle of the conflict
Our Man : Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century by George Packer( )

7 editions published in 2019 in English and held by 52 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the award-winning author of The Unwinding--the vividly told saga of the ambition, idealism, and hubris of one of the most legendary and complicated figures in recent American history, set amid the rise and fall of U.S. power from Vietnam to Afghanistan"I doubt that any novel, not even one co-written by Graham Greene and F. Scott Fitzgerald, could have captured Holbrooke fully, and I certainly thought that no biography ever would. But now one has. George Packer's Our Man portrays Holbrooke in all his endearing and self-willed glory.... Both a sweeping diplomatic history and a Shakespearean tragicomedy."--Walter Isaacson, The New York Times Book ReviewRichard Holbrooke was brilliant, utterly self-absorbed, and possessed of almost inhuman energy and appetites. Admired and detested, he was the force behind the Dayton Accords that ended the Balkan wars, America's greatest diplomatic achievement in the post-Cold War era. His power lay in an utter belief in himself and his idea of a muscular, generous foreign policy. From his days as a young adviser in Vietnam to his last efforts to end the war in Afghanistan, Holbrooke embodied the postwar American impulse to take the lead on the global stage. But his sharp elbows and tireless self-promotion ensured that he never rose to the highest levels in government that he so desperately coveted. His story is thus the story of America during its era of supremacy: its strength, drive, and sense of possibility, as well as its penchant for overreach and heedless self-confidence. In Our Man, drawn from Holbrooke's diaries and papers, we are given a nonfiction narrative that is both intimate and epic in its revelatory portrait of this extraordinary and deeply flawed man and the elite spheres of society and government he inhabited
The growth of Australian population by F. W Eggleston( Book )

6 editions published between 1937 and 2017 in English and held by 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Description: A brief study considering the rate of population growth in Australia, and how suited people of different nationalities might be for migration to Australia
Meet the press( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On this edition of Meet the Press: Senators George Allen, Kay Bailey Hutchison, and Charles Schumer discuss the Harriet Miers nomination, CIA leaks, and the war in Iraq; insights and analysis from Frank Rich, Stephen Hayes, and George Packer
 
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The assassins' gate : America in Iraq
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All art is propaganda : critical essaysFacing unpleasant facts : narrative essaysThe fight is for democracy : winning the war of ideas in America and the worldCentral square : a novelBetrayedBetrayedCritical essaysNarrative essays
Alternative Names
George Packer American journalist and writer

George Packer Amerikaans journalist

George Packer iriseoir agus scríbhneoir Meiriceánach

George Packer US-amerikanisches Journalist und Schriftsteller

Packer, G.‏ 1960-

جورج باكر

패커, 조지 1960-

ジョージ・パッカー

パッカー, ジョージ

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