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George Packer is an American writer, teacher, and former Peace Corps volunteer. He was also a writing instructor at Harvard, Bennington, and Emerson Universities. Packer was born on August 13, 1960, in Santa Clara, California. Packer's experience with the Peace Corps helped him write the book The show more Village is Waiting. He has also written The Half Man, Central Square and The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq. He was a supporter of the Iraq war. He was a finalist for the 2004 Michael Kelly Award. In 2013, Packer's work of nonfiction entitled, The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America, won the U.S. National Book Award. (Bowker Author Biography) George Packer's journalism & essays have appeared in "Harper's", "Dissent", "The New York Times", "The 1997 Pushcart Prize" anthology, "The Art of the Essay", & elsewhere. His latest books is "Blood of the Liberals" (FSG, 2000). He lives in Brooklyn, New York. (Publisher Provided) show less

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Works by George Packer

The Village of Waiting (1988) 140 copies
Blood of the Liberals (2000) 78 copies
Central Square (1998) 16 copies
Betrayed (2008) 12 copies
The Half Man (1991) 9 copies

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The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2003 (2003) — Contributor — 746 copies
State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America (2008) — Contributor — 515 copies
Facing Unpleasant Facts (1999) — Editor — 296 copies
The 40s: The Story of a Decade (2014) — Contributor — 271 copies
The Best American Travel Writing 2004 (2004) — Contributor — 182 copies
The Best American Travel Writing 2010 (2010) — Contributor — 99 copies
Jewish Jocks: An Unorthodox Hall of Fame (2012) — Contributor — 53 copies
The Best American Magazine Writing 2008 (2008) — Contributor — 47 copies
The Best American Political Writing 2004 (2004) — Contributor — 41 copies
The Best American Political Writing 2008 (2008) — Contributor — 37 copies
The Best American Political Writing 2009 (2009) — Contributor — 26 copies


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Group Read: The Unwinding, by George Packer in 75 Books Challenge for 2017 (March 2017)


Excellent profiles of ordinary people--and a few famous ones who don't seem to fit into this book at all. The book is clearly a collection of New Yorker pieces, and no attempt has been made to fit them into a narrative whole or social argument--this is the one serious weakness in what otherwise is a fine, revealing, and ultimately disheartening look at contemporary America.
fmclellan | 36 other reviews | Jan 23, 2024 |
Mcdede | Jul 19, 2023 |
Americans have a short collective memory when it comes to political upheaval. It's one thing to learn about and study cultural disruptions from a historical point of view. In something else entirely to have lived through them. In Last Best Hope George Packer is writing from within one of those moments of disruptive change It's the same moment I'm living through right now, circa the third decade of the 21st century. We're still too close to current events to fully appreciate the long view, but history shows us that these events are inevitable from time to time. But at the same time, we've never been at *this* particular moment in time, with all its digital and global influences, so trying to forecast the outcome is nearly impossible.

America is going through a crisis. The whole world is by a similar measure if we're being honestly inclusive. This is a topic I've been fascinated about since before Donald Trump entered the international stage. The rise of Trump told me there were factors in play that I didn't understand. And then COVID-19 hit and accelerated ALL problems, possibly bringing them to a head far sooner than they otherwise would have. To say we live in interesting times would be a massive understatement.

George Packer's Last Best Hope is an stunning look back at the core principles of America and democracy in an effort to see past, and maybe resolve, the country's current political and cultural divides. A brighter tomorrow isn't inevitable, but it certainly isn't impossible.
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Daniel.Estes | 3 other reviews | Jun 1, 2023 |



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