Evenings with an Author: George Packer
November 21 @ 19 h 30 min - 21 h 00 min
George Packer is a staff writer for The Atlantic and a former staff writer for The New Yorker. He is the author, most recently, of Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century. He has published five other works of non-fiction, including The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America, which won the National Book Award for nonfiction in 2013, as well as two novels and a play.
The late American diplomat Richard Holbrooke was brilliant, wholly self-absorbed, and possessed of almost inhuman energy and appetites. He embodied the postwar American impulse to take the lead on the global stage, and his story is 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. George will discuss his new biography Our Man, drawn from Holbrooke’s diaries and papers–a non-fiction narrative that is both intimate and epic in its portrait of this extraordinary and deeply flawed man and the elite spheres of society and government he inhabited.
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