Interesting Times, Writings From A Turbulent Decade

Interesting Times, Writings From A Turbulent Decade

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A wide-ranging volume of essays on politics and culture evaluates events from the September 11 attacks to the rise of Barack Obama, and includes both personal narratives and works of investigative journalism.

McMillan Palgrave

Throughout his career as a journalist, George Packer has always been attuned to the voices and stories of individuals caught up in the big ideas and events of contemporary history.Interesting Times unites brilliant investigative pieces such as "Betrayed," about Iraqi interpreters, with personal essays and detailed narratives of travels through war zones and failed states. Spanning a decade that includes the September 11 attacks and the election of Barack Obama, Packer brings insight and passion to his accounts of the war on terror,Iraq, political writers, and the 2008 election. Across these varied subjects a few keythemes recur: the temptations and dangers of idealism; the moral complexities of war and politics; the American capacity for self-blinding and self-renewal.

Whether exploring American policies in the wake of September 11, tracking a used T-shirt from New York to Uganda, or describing the ambivalent response in Appalachia to Obama, these essays hold a mirror up to our own troubled times and showcase Packer's unmistakable perspective, which is at once both wide-angled and humane.



Blackwell North Amer
Interesting Times unites brilliant investigative pieces such as "Betrayed," about Iraqi interpreters, with personal essays and detailed narratives of travels through war zones and failed states. Spanning a decade that includes the September 11 attacks and the election of Barack Obama, Packer brings insight and passion to his accounts of the war on terror, Iraq, political writers, and the 2008 election. Across these varied subjects a few key themes recur: the temptations and dangers of idealism; the moral complexities of war and politics; the American capacity for selfblinding and self-renewal.
Whether exploring American policies in the wake of September 11, tracking a used T-shirt from New York to Uganda, or describing the ambivalent response in Appalachia to Obama, these essays hold a mirror up to our own troubled times and showcase Packer's unmistakable perspective, which is at once both wide-angled and humane.

Baker
& Taylor

A wide-ranging volume of essays on politics and culture evaluates the past decade's worth of events from the September 11 attacks to the rise of Barack Obama and includes both personal narratives and works of investigative journalism. By the award-winning author of The Assassins' Gate. 25,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, [2009]
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9780374175726
0374175721
Branch Call Number: 814x PACKE PACKE

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