An Inner History of the New America
In the wake of the election, The New York Times chose George Packer’s The Unwinding as a key book “To Help You Understand Trump’s Win.” In his articles, Packer explores the notion of ‘unwinding’—the rise of populism, institutional collapse, and the unraveling of the American Dream. He is a must-see speaker for anyone seeking to comprehend the political and cultural forces making the country what it is today.
George Packer is the author of The New York Times bestseller and National Book Award winner The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America. The New York Times called the book “Steinbeckian in the best sense of that term … [Packer has] written something close to a nonfiction masterpiece.”
“[The Unwinding] is an epic—wondrous, bracing, and true—that will stand as the defining book of our time.”— Dexter Filkins, author of The Forever War
Packer is a staff writer for The New Yorker, for which his articles have won three Overseas Press Club awards. He has published four other works of non-fiction: The Assassins’ Gate: America in Iraq; Interesting Times: Writings from a Turbulent Decade; Blood of the Liberals; and The Village of Waiting. He is also the author of two novels, The Half Man and Central Square, and a play, Betrayed. He is the editor of The Fight Is for Democracy: Winning the War of Ideas in America and the World, and of a two-volume edition of George Orwell’s essays. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow and a Holtzbrinck Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin.
“Our event last night was an over-the-top success. George drew an impressively large crowd; his talk was outstanding; my computer this morning was jammed with congratulatory e-mails. Last night ranks as one of our best events ever.”University of Missouri