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Our Man : Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century

Author: George Packer; Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.,
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2019]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"From the award-winning author of The Unwinding--the brilliantly told saga of the ambition, idealism, and hubris of one of the most legendary and complicated figures in recent American history, set amid the rise and fall of U.S. power from Vietnam to Afghanistan. Richard Holbrooke was brilliant, utterly self-absorbed, and possessed of almost inhuman energy and appetites. Admired and detested, he was the force behind  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Packer, George, 1960-
Our man.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2019]
(DLC) 2018030382
Named Person: Richard C Holbrooke; Richard C Holbrooke
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: George Packer; Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.,
ISBN: 9780307958037 0307958035
OCLC Number: 1043051114
Notes: "A Borzoi book."
"Release date: May 7, 2019."
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Dreams so far away --
Vietnam how can we lose when we're so sincere? --
How does he do it? --
Swallow hard --
Since I am now hopeless --
Bosnia they'll come for me --
We are close to our dreams --
You're either going to win or fall --
Afghanistan everything is different --
and everything is the same --
Epilogue.
Other Titles: Richard Holbrooke and the end of the American century
Responsibility: by George Packer.

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"From the award-winning author of The Unwinding--the brilliantly told saga of the ambition, idealism, and hubris of one of the most legendary and complicated figures in recent American history, set amid the rise and fall of U.S. power from Vietnam to Afghanistan. Richard Holbrooke was brilliant, utterly self-absorbed, and possessed of almost inhuman energy and appetites. Admired and detested, he was the force behind the Dayton Accords that ended the Balkan wars, America's greatest diplomatic achievement in the post Cold War era. His power lay in an utter belief in himself and his idea of a muscular, generous foreign policy. From his days as a young adviser in Vietnam to his last efforts to end the war in Afghanistan, Holbrooke embodied the postwar American impulse to take the lead on the global stage. But his sharp elbows and tireless self-promotion ensured that he never rose to the highest levels in government that he so desperately coveted. His story is thus the story of America during its era of supremacy: its strength, drive, and sense of possibility, as well as its penchant for overreach and heedless self-confidence. In TK, drawn from Holbrooke's diaries and papers, we are given a nonfiction narrative that is both intimate and epic in its revelatory portrait of this extraordinary and deeply flawed man, and the elite spheres of society and government he inhabited"--Publisher's description.

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