The Unwinding

An Inner History of the New America
Author(s): George Packer
Original Publish Date: May 21, 2013
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Product Number: Z100125312
Released: Jun 01, 2017
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ISBN: #9781427235213
Narrator/s: Robert Fass
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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The 2013 National Book Award Winner A New York Times Bestseller Selected by New York Times' critic Dwight Garner as a Favorite Book of 2013 A New York Times Notable Book of 2013 A Washington Post Best Political Book of 2013 An NPR Best Book of 2013 A New Republic Best Book of 2013 One of Publishers Weekly's Best Nonfiction Books of 2013 A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Book of 2013 A riveting examination of a nation in crisis, from one of the finest political journalists of our generation 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, author of The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq, 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 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. Packer 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. The Unwinding 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. Packer's novelistic and kaleidoscopic history of the new America is his most ambitious work to date.


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The Unwinding
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Product Number:Z100125312

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Author(s): George Packer
Narrator(s): Robert Fass
Product Number DD11229
Released: Dec 05, 2013
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
ISBN: #9781427251404
Author(s): George Packer
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Released: Jun 11, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781466836952

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"Are you ready for another book about America's decline? Through interviews and reportage, Packer tells us that we are a nation coming apart, improvising our future and in danger of becoming a second-rate power. It's well written--but a bit of a drag. Narrator Robert Fass guides us through this portentous book with a voice that reinforces the seriousness of the author's intent. Fass reads slowly and deliberately, stays away from character voices, and flawlessly enunciates every word. He is also, unfortunately, humorless, choosing instead to play it safe and simply narrate without much inflection or emotion. The result is a work that tells an important story--but doesn't grab our attention. R.I.G. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"