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George Packer    

Staff Writer The New Yorker

A staff writer for The New Yorker and Mother Jones, his work has also appeared in The Nation, Harper’s, and The New York Times. His latest book, The Assassins Game: America in Iraq, dives into the dramatic international policy change orchestrated by the Bush administration after 9/11. In an effort to explore the history behind the 2003 Iraq War and expose the truths, he included interviews with ordinary Iraqi people in his book. His previous book, Blood of the Liberals, which won the 2001 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, serves as a glimpse into his own family history and seeks to explain why some people become liberals despite the fact that their efforts are extremely futile. It inquires as to why the word “liberalism,” once an honorable tradition, has recently become synonymous with notions of drug advocacy, flag burning, and government skepticism.

In addition to his coverage of the 2003 Iraq War, Packer has covered the atrocities committed in Sierra Leone, civil unrest in the Ivory Coast, and Al-Jazeera, the media powerhouse of the Middle East. His reporting on civil war in Sierra Leone and the Iraq War earned him two overseas Press Club awards.

His latest book, The Assassins Game: America in Iraq, dives into the dramatic international policy change orchestrated by the Bush administration after 9/11. By interviewing ordinary Iraqi people, Packer explores the history behind the 2003 Iraq War.

In addition to his coverage of the 2003 Iraq War, Packer has covered the atrocities committed in Sierra Leone, civil unrest in the Ivory Coast, and Al-Jazeera, the media powerhouse of the Middle East. His reporting on civil war in Sierra Leone and the Iraq War earned him two overseas Press Club awards.

Packer was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. After graduating from Yale, he served in the Peace Corps in Togo, Africa.

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America Today: A Collapsing, Changing Nation

Why is America in danger of coming apart at the seams? Why are elites no longer elite, institutions no longer functioning, and ordinary people left to improvise their own schemes for success? George Packer, author of New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America, creates an intimate, documentary-style portrait of America today. He maintains that there’s been an undoing of the deal that used to exist between Americans: if you work hard and do your part, there will be a place for you and your children in the nation. In the last generation, this has begun to come apart. More and more people now feel they have to go their own way: for some people this has been a good thing, for others it’s been destabilizing and even devastating.

Drawing from extensive research and first-hand “method” investigation, Packer weaves together stories from America’s centers of power and its forgotten places. He takes audiences on a journey 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; and Jeff Connaughton, a Washington insider oscillating between political idealism and the lure of organized money. And, he warns audiences that we are getting closer to the America of The Great Gatsby—of life lived through the people at the top, through celebrities and their stories. What is the future of our fractured, collapsing nation? What can we learn from this generation’s successes and failures? Packer presents a profoundly moving and utterly original perspective on what it feels like to be alive and in America at this moment.

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