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The Unwinding

An Inner History Of The New America [playaway]

By George Packer, 1960-

America is in crisis. In the space of a generation, it has become more than ever a country of winners and losers, as industries have failed, institutions have disappeared and the country's focus has shifted to idolise celebrity and wealth. George Packer narrates the story of America over the past three decades, bringing to the task his empathy with people facing difficult challenges, his sharp eye for detail and a gift for weaving together engaging narratives. The "Unwinding" moves deftly back and forth through the lives of its people, including Dean Price, the son of tobacco farmers, who becomes an evangelist for a new economy in the rural South; Tammy Thomas, a factory worker in the industrial Midwest attempting to survive the collapse of her city; Jeff Connaughton, a political careerist in Washington; and Peter Thiel, a Silicon Valley billionaire. Their stories are interspersed with biographical sketches of the era's leading public figures, from Oprah Winfrey to Steve Jobs, to create a rich, wise and very human portrait of the USA in these hard times. The "Unwinding" portrays a superpower coming apart at the seams, its elites and institutions no longer working, leaving ordinary people to improvise their own schemes for salvation. George Packer is also the author of "The Assassin's Gate", which was named one of the ten best books of 2005 by the "New York Times" and won the Helen Bernstein Book Award. "A tour de force ...A fascinating journey through an America that has largely remained hidden from view. There are echoes of Don DeLillo's Underworld in the scope of Packer's vision and his deft eye for language and detail." (Sunday Business Post).

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Publish Date

2013

ISBN

9781427235954


Format: Electronic Resources
Author: Packer, George, 1960-
Summary: Our 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 leaving the social contract in pieces, bringing 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 America over the past three decades in an utterly original way, with his characteristically sharp eye for detail and gift for weaving together complex narratives. The Unwinding journeys through the lives of several Americans.
Title: The unwinding : an inner history of the new America [playaway] / George Packer.
Publisher Date: Solon, Ohio : Findaway World, LLC, [2013]
Subject: Social problems -- United States -- Talking books. Crises -- United States -- Talking books. Politicians -- United States -- Biography -- Talking books. Celebrities -- United States -- Biography -- Talking books. United States -- History -- 1969- -- Talking books. United States -- Social conditions -- 1980- -- Talking books. United States -- Biography -- Talking books. United States -- Politics and government -- 1989- -- Talking books.
Isbn: 9781427235954 1427235953
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Call Number: 973.924 Pac
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Bib Id: 497376

Format: Electronic Resources
Author: Packer, George, 1960-, author.
Summary: Our 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 leaving the social contract in pieces, bringing 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 America over the past three decades in an utterly original way, with his characteristically sharp eye for detail and gift for weaving together complex narratives. The Unwinding journeys through the lives of several Americans.
Title: The unwinding : an inner history of the new America [playaway] / George Packer.
Edition: Unabridged.
Publisher, Date: Solon, Ohio : Findaway World, LLC, [2013]
Description: 1 audio media player (approximately 18 hr.) : digital, HD audio ; 3 3/8 x 2 1/8 in.
Subjects: Social problems -- United States -- Talking books.
Subjects: Crises -- United States -- Talking books.
Subjects: Politicians -- United States -- Biography -- Talking books.
Subjects: Celebrities -- United States -- Biography -- Talking books.
Subjects: United States -- History -- 1969- -- Talking books.
Subjects: United States -- Social conditions -- 1980- -- Talking books.
Subjects: United States -- Biography -- Talking books.
Subjects: United States -- Politics and government -- 1989- -- Talking books.
Other Author: Fass, Robert, narrator.
Other Author: Macmillan Audio (Firm)
Other Author: Playaway Digital Audio.
Other Author: Findaway World, LLC.
Notes: Title from Playaway label.
Notes: "HDAUDIO."
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Notes: Previously released by Macmillan Audio, ℗2013.
Notes: Issued on Playaway, a dedicated audio media player.
Notes: Read by Robert Fass.
ISBN: 9781427235954
ISBN: 1427235953
Publisher Number: 18712
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Available Copies: 1
Total Copies: 1
Medium: [playaway]
Call Number: 973.924 Pac