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Interesting Times: Writings from a Turbulent Decade

by George Packer

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This volume coheres better than most in the genre. That’s because Packer has a far more coherent worldview than most reporters.
 
In the end, reporters aren't especially well served by a penchant for open-mindedness or observational depth if they also lack fundamental judgment on an issue as crucial as waging a war of choice on grounds that, to put things charitably, were profoundly misleading. For all Packer's prodigious gifts as a writer and thinker, his work from the early part of this decade reminds us that even committed pragmatists are capable of grave miscalculations when they affect to rise above the fray.
 
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0374175721, Hardcover)

Throughout his career as a journalist, George Packer has always been attuned to the voices and stories of individuals caught up in the big ideas and events of contemporary history. Interesting Times unites brilliant investigative pieces such as “Betrayed,” about Iraqi interpreters, with personal essays and detailed narratives of travels through war zones and failed states. Spanning a decade that includes the September 11 attacks and the election of Barack Obama, Packer brings insight and passion to his accounts of the war on terror,Iraq, political writers, and the 2008 election. Across these varied subjects a few keythemes recur: the temptations and dangers of idealism; the moral complexities of war and politics; the American capacity for self-blinding and self-renewal.

 

Whether exploring American policies in the wake of September 11, tracking a used T-shirt from New York to Uganda, or describing the ambivalent response in Appalachia to Obama, these essays hold a mirror up to our own troubled times and showcase Packer’s unmistakable perspective, which is at once both wide-angled and humane.

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In this collection of essays from the past extraordinary decade, from September 11 to the rise of Barack Obama, journalist Packer brings insight and passion to his accounts of the war on terror, Iraq, troubled societies, political writers, and the 2008 election.… (more)

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