The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America

Event Series: 
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 11:00pm to Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 12:30am (ended)
Berdahl Auditorium, Room 105, Stanley Hall
George Packer, Staff Writer for the New Yorker

What does it feel like to be alive and in America at this moment? In his essential New York Times bestseller and National Book Award winner The Unwinding, George Packer creates a lasting portrait of America in crisis: a country of winners and losers, with a political system on the verge of breakdown. A gifted writer and speaker, Packer explores freedom, politics, economy, collapse, and change in an utterly original way.

George Packer is the author of New York Times bestseller and National Book Award winner The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New AmericaThe New York Times called the book "Steinbeckian in the best sense of that term . . . [Packer has] written something close to a nonfiction masterpiece."

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 IraqInteresting Times: Writings from a Turbulent DecadeBlood 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.