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Unwinding, The: An Inner History of the New America

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  • Unwinding, The: An Inner History of the New America 
    Title: Unwinding, The: An Inner History of the New America
    Author: PACKER GEORGE
    Format: PAPERBACK
    Publication date: 04/03/2014
    Imprint: FARRAR, STRAUS & GIROUX
    Price: $29.00
    Publishing status: Active

    The 2013 National Book Award Winner A "New York Times" Bestseller American democracy is beset by a sense of crisis. Seismic shifts during a single generation have created a country of winners and losers, allowing unprecedented freedom while rending the social contract, driving the political system to the verge of breakdown, and setting citizens adrift to find new paths forward. In "The Unwinding," George Packer tells the story of the past three decades by journeying through the lives of several Americans, including a son of tobacco farmers who becomes an evangelist for a new economy in the rural South, a factory worker in the Rust Belt trying to survive the collapse ofher city, a Washington insider oscillating between political idealism and the lure of organized money, and a Silicon Valley billionaire who arrives at a radical vision of the future. Packer interweaves these stories with sketches of public figures, from Newt Gingrich to Jay-Z, and collages made from newspaperheadlines, advertising slogans, and song lyrics. Packer's novelistic and kaleidoscopic history of the new America is his most ambitious work to date.

    ISBN: 9780374534608
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