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The Unwinding

An Inner History of the New America

by George Packer

The Unwinding
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  • First Published:
    May 2013, 448 pages
    Mar 2014, 448 pages

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Elena Spagnolie

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By focusing on the lives of a few Americans across a broad socio-economic spectrum, George Packer attempts a sweeping analysis of how the United States has reached its current state of "unwinding"

In The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America, George Packer looks at the current state of the US – the decline of our economy, the effects of technological advancements on both industry and individuals, our failing political system, the rise of certain superstars – and how we got here.

What makes this book so unique is the way Packer presents his information. Rather than providing a singular history from an omniscient point of view (as you might expect), he summarizes the life story of a handful of people over multiple chapters: Dean Price, a born-again entrepreneur who helps popularize biofuel in the US; Tammy Thomas, an African American factory worker struggling to raise her family in impoverished Ohio; Peter Thiel, a Silicon Valley billionaire and co-founder of PayPal; and Jeff Connaughton, an idealistic Washington lobbyist who packs it in and pens The Payoff: ...

For an interview with George Packer on The Daily Show, please click video below:


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