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The unwinding : an inner history of the new America

Author: George Packer
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First paperback editionView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: George Packer
ISBN: 9780374534608 0374534608 9780374102418 0374102414
OCLC Number: 967504663
Notes: The 2013 National Book Award Winner
Description: vi, 434 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Part I --
1978 --
Dean Price --
Total War : Newt Gingrich --
Jeff Connaughton --
1984 --
Tammy Thomas --
Her Own : Oprah Winfrey --
Jeff Connaughton --
1987 --
Craftsman: Raymond Carver --
Dean Price --
Tammy Thomas --
Mr. Sam : Sam Walton --
1994 --
Jeff Connaughton --
Silicon Valley --
1999 --
Dean Price --
Tammy Thomas --
2003 --
Institution Man (1) : Colin Powell --
Jeff Connaughton Part II --
Dean Price --
Radish Queen: Alice Waters --
Tampa --
Silicon Valley --
2008 --
Institution Man (2) : Robert Rubin --
Jeff Connaughton --
Tammy Thomas --
Dean Price --
Just Business: Jay-Z --
Tampa Part III --
Jeff Connaughton --
2010 --
Citizen Journalist: Andrew Breitbart --
Tampa --
Dean Price --
Tammy Thomas --
Tampa --
Prairie Populist: Elizabeth Warren --
Wall Street --
2012 --
Silicon Valley --
Jeff Connaughton --
Tampa --
Tammy Thomas --
Dean Price
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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 of her 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 newspaper headlines, advertising slogans, and song lyrics. Packer's novelistic and kaleidoscopic history of the new America is his most ambitious work to date

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