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The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America

(Farrar, Straus and Giroux)


Political journalist George Packer paints a picture of America’s fragile economic state in The Unwinding. To depict the growing disparity between the “haves” and the “have nots,” he profiles elites—Newt Gingrich, Colin Powell, Oprah Winfrey and Jay-Z, among others—alongside everyday people trying to make a go of it in factory work, venture capitalism and the biodiesel market. Packer thanked the latter group when accepting his 2013 National Book Award, saying that it was their willingness to welcome him into their lives that allowed him to “try to illuminate some of what’s gone wrong in America over the past generation and in their own lives some of what’s gone right.”

The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America

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