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The Unwinding An Inner History of the New AmericaA riveting examination of a nation in crisis from one of the finest political journalists of our generationAmerican 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 author of The Assassins' Gate America in Ira tells the story of the United States over the past three decades in an utterly original way with his characteristically ”No one can say when the unwinding began – when the coil that held Americans together in its secure and sometimes stifling grip first gave way Like any great change the unwinding began at countless times in countless ways – and at some moment the country always the same country crossed a line of history and became irretrievably different”The Unwinding is an interesting revealing thoughtful mosaic of America in the years 1978 – 2012 from The Last American VagabondThe graphic fits; I make no comment about the web site wwwthelastamericanvagabondcom with which I am unfamiliarGeorge Packer has structured the book as a weave of several themes which he follows as the years roll bySome of the themes are embodied in the stories of three actual Americans none of whom you’re likely to have heard of PS I believe the pictures below show Packer's characters Hard to track down especially the picture of Ms ThomasDean Price biodiesel entrepreneur from North Carolina A true believer in the American dream one who despite entrepreneurial failure over and over marches resolutely on Jeff Connaughton Washington lobbyist and Congressional staffer Long time devotee of Joe Biden from Jeff’s college days in Alabama who ultimately tires of the cynical ways of Washington Wall Street and his one time idolTammy Thomas Youngstown Ohio factory worker turned community organizer To me the most touching story a woman raised by her great grandmother first of her family to graduate high school witnesses the devastating implosion of Youngstown Sheet and Tube which precipitated all the problems of that community raised her kids into good people and eventually becomes an activistorganizer Two themes relate primarily to places but are again narrated by reference to real people as well as to aspects of the place which help tell Packer’s storyTampa This story touches several people involved in different ways in the housing boom and bustSilicon Valley Here often by writing of Peter Thiel activist venture capitalist libertarian the billionaire co founder of PayPal Packer tells the story of the1% the confident over confident? might I even say massively egotistical? Valley gurus who see 21st century salvation in their technological visions of the future unfettered by government regulation human kinds’ heroes directing us forward into whateverA final theme is personified by the famous or at least modestly famous Each character gets a single chapter mini biography an ironic? narrative of the shape of their fame and not always a final suggestion that their effect on the country was not uite what it first appeared The paradeNewt GingrichOprah WinfreyRaymond CarverSam WaltonColin PowellAlice WatersRobert RubinJay ZAndrew BreitbartElizabeth WarrenAnd interspersed into the weave are single page capsules of headline news events uotations and other flotsam for individual years 1978 ’84 ’87 ’94 ’99 ’03 ’08 ’10 ’12 An example from a year of literary import – 1984 view spoiler On January 24 Apple Computer will introduce Macintosh And you’ll see why 1984 won’t be like 1984 BANK SECURITIES UNITS MA

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Ories with biographical sketches of the era's leading public figures from Newt Gingrich to Jay Z and collages made from newspaper headlines advertising slogans and song lyrics that capture the flow of events and their undercurrents The Unwinding portrays a superpower in danger of coming apart at the seams its elites no longer elite its institutions no longer working its ordinary people left to improvise their own schemes for success and salvation Packer's novelistic and kaleidoscopic history of the new America is his most ambitious work to dateOne of the iTunes Bookstore's Ten Books You Must Read This Summ The front of this book describes it as complex but actually it's as straightforward as walking remember that? One foot in front of t'other Unsurprisingly since George Packer is a staff writer for the New Yorker he uses that favourite journalistic techniue of taking the individual to represent the general One person per phenomenon that he sees as destructive of America The Great deindustrialization and the concomitant leaking away of jobs and community a distinct lack of support for alternative sustainable green technology big money politics corporate greed These four individuals are then followed from 1978 to 2012 in a straight chronological line you know not taxing or tricky to follow in any way In between he inserts skilful set pieces on certain key personalities who illustrate a shift in culture in various ways or places that were the scene of lines drawn in preparation for conflict such as Wall Street or the housing bubble in Tampa Silicon Valley Conflict in Silicon Valley?? Yes arguments about deregulationIt's competently done; he does have some neat little techniues to remind the reader of what was going on in those years he steps into along the way there is a compilation of mini sound bites taken from the media at the beginning of the each new year's section which is uite effective in jogging the memory and his portraits are warm and amusing and entertaining never dull And it certainly is complex in the sense that he traces a great number of elements in the mix that has seen ineuality in the USA grow to a point where by 2007 the top 1% owned 40% of the nation's wealth the bottom four fifths just 7% ineuality beyond anything the country had seen since the 19th CenturyI can't fault it really it's just that there is an awful lot of it Not so much complex as inflated A mismatch between the number of pages to work through and the amount of information that can be distilled from them And apart from the section on the Occupy movement where passions bubble up it doesn't and why should it indeed? offer any of the emotional pull of a novel The sort of book you read in order to be able to keep up with the chattering classes One thing I'm inordinately grateful for I got a lot of mileage for my TESL conversation classes out of his piece on Oprah Winfrey Chattering classes of my own

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The Unwinding An Inner History of the New America eBook Ê ebook Read Ä George Packer  [Download] ➾ The Unwinding An Inner History of the New America By George Packer – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk A riveting examination of a nation in crisis from one of the finest politicaSharp eye for detail and gift for weaving together complex narratives The Unwinding journeys through the lives of several Americans 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 Rust Belt trying to survive the collapse of her city; Jeff Connaughton a Washington insider oscillating between political idealism and the lure of organized money; and Peter Thiel a Silicon Valley billionaire who uestions the Internet's significance and arrives at a radical vision of the future Packer interweaves these intimate st This so depressing 71314 some positive news 5814 you're trying to figure out what happened to Yes we can Barack Obama's winning motto in the 2008 presidential campaign you might want to take a peek at George Packer's 2013 National Book Award Winner The Great Unwinding An Inner History of the New America It is a sobering look at the American experience for the last four decades He focuses on the lives of average men and women whose lives have been turned upside down by forces beyond their control that have swept across the US since the turbulence of the 1960's He argues persuasively that our representative democracy has been usurped by a Washington Wall Street nexus and he traces the origins of the Great Recession to political decisions made solely to benefit the super rich not the 1 percenters but the 001 percenters whose share of the national wealth has explodedHe weaves his narrative around the lives of average folks with some celebrity profiles of leaders from the worlds of politics finance the media the military and Silicon Valley thrown in The successes of Oprah Winfrey Sam Walton and Robert Rubin stand in sharp contrast to the plight of factory workers from Youngstown Ohio and tobacco farmers in North Carolina Packer has a progressive point of view and he isn't the first person to connect the dots between populist movements on both sides of the political spectrum just imagine the power of an Occupy Wall Street Tea Party coalition but he does a terrific job of explaining complicated economic political and social realities and pinpointing their historical antecedentsI came away with the depressing conclusion that it was inevitable that Mr Obama's hope and change rhetoric from 2008 would ring so hollow in 2013 While the status uo largely benefits only a small minority they can afford to buy off anybody who might challenge their hold on real power Collectively they have convinced themselves that they represent the true American experience and their refrain has become Don't blame us It's sad that Mr Obama has joined that chorus and deeply disturbing that Mrs Clinton is warming up in the wings for her solo Some support for Packer's premise