Summary and Analysis of The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America

Based on the Book by George Packer

Author: Worth Books

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1504046455

Category: Business & Economics

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So much to read, so little time? This brief overview of The Unwinding tells you what you need to know—before or after you read George Packer’s book. Crafted and edited with care, Worth Books set the standard for quality and give you the tools you need to be a well-informed reader. This short summary and analysis of The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America includes: Historical context Chapter-by-chapter overviews Profiles of the main characters Detailed timeline of key events Important quotes Fascinating trivia Glossary of terms Supporting material to enhance your understanding of the original work About The Unwinding by George Packer: Detailing the United States’ decline in the latter half of the twentieth century, journalist George Packer’s The Unwinding reads like a memoir but contains the hard-hitting facts of an exposé. Packer’s history of America looks at a cast of interesting figures—from community organizers to laborers, Democratic Party staffers to small business owners—including household names such as Oprah Winfrey, Colin Powell, Raymond Carver, Jay-Z, and Elizabeth Warren, to produce a stunning portrait of what the United States has become and where it’s headed next. The Unwinding won the National Book Award, was a National Book Circle Award finalist, and was named by the New York Times as one of the best books to read to understand the Trump presidency. The summary and analysis in this ebook are intended to complement your reading experience and bring you closer to a great work of nonfiction.

The Unwinding

Author: George Packer

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571280331

Category: History

Page: 448

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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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Епоха нових багатих і занепад старої системи

Author: Христя Фріланд

Publisher: Nash Format via PublishDrive

ISBN: 6177513166

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 328

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Сучасні багатії перетворилися на глобальну спільноту рівних: у них більше спільного між собою, ніж зі співвітчизниками. Цей новий клас два десятиліття досліджувала Христя Фріланд. Через численні інтерв’ю авторка препарує життя плутократів з глибоким розумінням і навіть співчуттям. Йде слідами російських, мексиканських, індійських олігархів під час буму приватизації, показує гендерні відмінності між «жіночим» середнім класом і «чоловічою» елітою нагорі. Фріланд розповідає, чим відрізняються нинішні багатії від колишніх рантьє, звідки в них гроші і навіщо вони займаються благодійністю. Зокрема приділяє увагу й українським мільйонерам, які теж ухопили ласий шматок пирога.

Our Man

Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century

Author: George Packer

Publisher: Knopf

ISBN: 0307958035

Category: History

Page: 480

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From the award-winning author of The Unwinding--the brilliantly told saga of the ambition, idealism, and hubris of one of the most legendary and complicated figures in recent American history, set amid the rise and fall of U.S. power from Vietnam to Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke was brilliant, utterly self-absorbed, and possessed of almost inhuman energy and appetites. Admired and detested, he was the force behind the Dayton Accords that ended the Balkan wars, America's greatest diplomatic achievement in the post-Cold War era. His power lay in an utter belief in himself and his idea of a muscular, generous foreign policy. From his days as a young adviser in Vietnam to his last efforts to end the war in Afghanistan, Holbrooke embodied the postwar American impulse to take the lead on the global stage. But his sharp elbows and tireless self-promotion ensured that he never rose to the highest levels in government that he so desperately coveted. His story is thus 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. In Our Man, drawn from Holbrooke's diaries and papers, we are given a nonfiction narrative that is both intimate and epic in its revelatory portrait of this extraordinary and deeply flawed man and the elite spheres of society and government he inhabited.

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Author: Джон Апдайк

Publisher: Мультимедийное издательство Стрельбицкого

ISBN: N.A

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 31

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"Читай швидко" — це серія стислих викладів шедеврів світової літератури. Ця книга стане справжньою знахідкою для тих, хто хоче швидко підготуватися до контрольної або виконати домашнє завдання. Книга в переказі Івана Опанасовича Харченка.

The Unwinding by George Packer Summary

Author: Save Time Summaries

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781492192695

Category: Political Science

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SAVE TIME & UNDERSTAND MORE!WARNING: This is not the actual book The Unwinding by George Packer. Do not buy this Summary, Review & Analysis if you are looking for a full copy of this great book.Instead, we have already read The Unwinding and pulled out some of the key points, and insights to give you a comprehensive chapter-by-chapter summary & review. In doing so, unfortunately we do not have the space to include all of the many important ideas and anecdotes found in The Unwinding. To get it all, you should first order the full book. Packaged together in an engaging and easily digestible format, this concise summary & analysis works best as an unofficial guide or companion to read alongside the book. THE UNWINDING: INNER HISTORY OF THE NEW AMERICA -- GEORGE PACKERGeorge Packer's book The Unwinding reads like a modern family history of wealth in America. By Packer's estimation, the "second generation" started to peter out in the 1970s; by the early 1980s, as the crack epidemic began to sweep the inner cities at the same time that looser regulations started to sweep Wall Street, the wealth of America started to unwind. Today, with phrases like "jobless recovery" still being used to describe the economy, even the most optimistic observers are forced to wonder if America should now be classified a has-been, a country that sustains itself on the memory of its greatness rather than on its actual merits.In telling the story of America's "unwinding," he doesn't state his own opinions about the matter too blatantly, preferring instead to rely upon the personal narratives of individual Americans to paint his portrait of what went wrong. He provides intimate, exclusive profiles of fascinating characters such as:• Jeff Connaughton, a former Senate adviser to current Vice President Joe Biden. Connaughton left Capitol Hill to blow the whistle on the tactics Wall Street uses to control Congress and block any meaningful regulation and reform. • Colin Powell, former Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs• Jay-Z, Grammy Award-winning rapper• Dean Price, a struggling biofuels entrepreneur• Sam Walton, the founder of Wal-MartThrough it all, Packer expertly weaves them together to document the decay of social structures and institutions that began in the 1960s and that has carried through to the present day. This "unwinding" has created greater freedoms in certain ways but has also made life in America more uncertain than ever before. Gazing at America's past four decades through the eyes of the many "characters" Packer has selected, the reader is left with an uneasy feeling that things in the United States, at least for the working class and middle class, are destined to get worse before they get better.FROM START-TO-FINISH IN JUST 20 MINUTES!Here's your chapter-by-chapter guide to George Packer's The Unwinding that you can start and finish right now!

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Джефф Безос та ера Amazon

Author: Brad Stone

Publisher: Nash Format via PublishDrive

ISBN: 6177279651

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 400

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Книжка «Продається все. Джефф Безос та ера Amazon» — не лише історія успіху найбільш інноваційної світової компанії, а й свого роду посібник, інструкція для тих, хто хоче створити свій бізнес. Автор книжки, Бред Стоун, майстерно пише про зародження та розвиток Amazon — від моменту створення компанії на Волл-Стріт на початку 1990-х і дотепер. Ця компанія однією з перших побачила необмежені можливості інтернету та назавжди змінила те, як ми купуємо і читаємо. Також автор розкриває таємниці тріумфу засновника Amazon Джеффа Безоса, одного із найвидатніших керівників, невтомного генератора ідей. Стоун розповідає, як Безос дисципліновано і подекуди педантично втілює новаторські ідеї у життя, як ламає стереотипи, не визнає загальноприйнятих правил, а запроваджує свої.

Our Man

Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century

Author: George Packer

Publisher: Knopf

ISBN: 9780307958020

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 480

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From the award-winning author of The Unwinding--the brilliantly told saga of the ambition, idealism, and hubris of one of the most legendary and complicated figures in recent American history, set amid the rise and fall of U.S. power from Vietnam to Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke was brilliant, utterly self-absorbed, and possessed of almost inhuman energy and appetites. Admired and detested, he was the force behind the Dayton Accords that ended the Balkan wars, America's greatest diplomatic achievement in the post-Cold War era. His power lay in an utter belief in himself and his idea of a muscular, generous foreign policy. From his days as a young adviser in Vietnam to his last efforts to end the war in Afghanistan, Holbrooke embodied the postwar American impulse to take the lead on the global stage. But his sharp elbows and tireless self-promotion ensured that he never rose to the highest levels in government that he so desperately coveted. His story is thus 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. In Our Man, drawn from Holbrooke's diaries and papers, we are given a nonfiction narrative that is both intimate and epic in its revelatory portrait of this extraordinary and deeply flawed man and the elite spheres of society and government he inhabited.

Ambition in America

Political Power and the Collapse of Citizenship

Author: Jeffrey A. Becker

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 0813145066

Category: Social Science

Page: 210

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One of the largest southern cities and a hub for the cotton industry, Memphis, Tennessee, was at the forefront of black political empowerment during the Jim Crow era. Compared to other cities in the South, Memphis had an unusually large number of African American voters. Black Memphians sought reform at the ballot box, formed clubs, ran for office, and engaged in voter registration and education activities from the end of the Civil War through the Brown v. Board of Education decision of 1954. In this groundbreaking book, Elizabeth Gritter examines how and why black Memphians mobilized politically in the period between Reconstruction and the beginning of the civil rights movement. Gritter illuminates, in particular, the efforts and influence of Robert R. Church Jr., an affluent Republican and founder of the Lincoln League, and the notorious Memphis political boss Edward H. Crump. Using these two men as lenses through which to view African American political engagement, this volume explores how black voters and their leaders both worked with and opposed the white political machine at the ballot box. River of Hope challenges persisting notions of a "Solid South" of white Democratic control by arguing that the small but significant number of black southerners who retained the right to vote had more influence than scholars have heretofore assumed. Gritter's nuanced study presents a fascinating view of the complex nature of political power during the Jim Crow era and provides fresh insight into the efforts of the individuals who laid the foundation for civil rights victories in the 1950s and '60s.

American Tricksters

Thoughts on the Shadow Side of a Culture's Psyche

Author: William J. Jackson

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1630877336

Category: Religion

Page: 292

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Tricksters are known by their deeds. Obviously not all the examples in American Tricksters are full-blown mythological tricksters like Coyote, Raven, or the Two Brothers found in Native American stories, or superhuman figures like the larger-than-life Davy Crockett of nineteenth-century tales. Newer expressions of trickiness do share some qualities with the Trickster archetype seen in myths. Rock stars who break taboos and get away with it, heroes who overcome monstrous circumstances, crafty folk who find a way to survive and thrive when the odds are against them, men making spectacles of themselves by feeding their astounding appetites in public--all have some trickster qualities. Each person, every living creature who ever faced an obstacle and needed to get around it, has found the built-in trickster impulse. Impasses turn the trickster gene on, or stimulate the trick-performing imagination--that's life. To explore the ways and means of trickster maneuvers can alert us to pitfalls, help us appreciate tricks that are entertaining, and aid us in fending off ploys which drain our resources and ruin our lives. Knowing more about the Trickster archetype in our psyches helps us be more self-aware.

Hard Times

Leadership in America

Author: Barbara Kellerman

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 0804793018

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 384

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Leadership has never played a more prominent role in America's national discourse, and yet our opinions of leaders are at all-time lows. Private sector leaders are widely seen as greedy to the point of being corrupt. Public sector leaders are viewed as incompetent to the point of being inept. And, levels of trust in government have plummeted. As the title of this book conveys, leaders in America are experiencing hard times. Barbara Kellerman argues that we focus on leaders, and even on followers, while ignoring an essential element of leadership: context. This book is a corrective. It enables leaders to track the terrain that they must navigate in order to create change. Rather than a handy-dandy manual on what to do and how to do it, Hard Times is structured as a checklist. Twenty-four brief sections cover key aspects of the American landscape. They trace evolutions and revolutions that have revised our norms, transformed our populations and institutions, and shifted our culture. Kellerman's crash course on context reveals how significant it is to leadership. Clearer still is the fact that leadership is more difficult than it has ever been. It is context that explains why leadership is so fraught with frustration. And, it is context that makes evident why leadership will be better exercised if it is better understood. Calling out patterns that emerge from the checklist, Kellerman challenges leaders to do better. This fascinating read will change the way that all of us think about leadership, while compelling us to consider what it means for our future.

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Зворотний бік усього на світі

Author: Стівен Левітт,Стівен Дабнер

Publisher: Nash Format via PublishDrive

ISBN: 6177513107

Category: Education

Page: 248

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Що небезпечніше: вогнепальна зброя чи басейн? Що спільного між Ку-клукс-кланом і ріелторами? Що робить батьків ідеальними? Відповіді на ці та інші несподівані запитання дають у своїй книжці «Фрікономіка» американський економіст Стівен Левітт і журналіст Стівен Дабнер. Проте це не просто захопливі й оригінальні пояснення. Це серйозний економічний аналіз із масштабними статистичними даними, які автори збирали протягом багатьох років. «Фрікономіка» дає змогу поглянути на звичні речі під іншим кутом зору, а також зрозуміти, що ми часто плутаємо причину й наслідок і стаємо на ті позиції, які є для нас зручними, а не об’єктивними.

The Half Man

Author: George Packer

Publisher: Random House Incorporated

ISBN: N.A

Category: Fiction

Page: 306

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Covering the civil war on an island nation off the coast of Asia, ambitious journalist Daniel Levin abandons his visting American fiancee to interview the leader of the guerilla movement and becomes an unwitting player in the political events

Betrayed

Author: George Packer

Publisher: Samuel French, Inc.

ISBN: 0573662878

Category: Drama

Page: 78

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Millions of Iraqis, spanning the country's religious and ethnic spectrum, welcomed the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. Based on Packer's account in 'The New Yorker', this book is a morally complex drama that explores, in the Iraqis' own words, the ways in which we have already abandoned them.

Slow Road to Brownsville

A Journey Through the Heart of the Old West

Author: David Reynolds

Publisher: Greystone Books

ISBN: 1771640537

Category: Travel

Page: 400

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"Immensely illuminating and enjoyable account of a road trip along Highway 83 ... Books like [Reynold's] prove that good travel writing remains not only very much alive, but essential."—The Bookseller In Slow Road to Brownsville, David Reynolds embarks on a road trip along Highway 83, a little-known two-lane highway built in 1926 that runs from Manitoba to the Mexican border at Brownsville, Texas. Growing up in a small town in England, Reynolds was enthralled by both the myth of the Wild West and the myth of the open road. This road trip is his exploration of the reality behind these myths as he makes his way from small town to small town, gas station to gas station, and motel to motel, hanging out in bars, drinking with the locals, and observing their sometimes-peculiar customs. Reynolds also wanted to see the country where the Sioux, the Cheyenne, the Comanches, the Apaches, and other native groups lived and died and to look at how their descendants live now. He describes the forced location of the Cheyenne people, discovers the true story of the Alamo, and finds similarities between Sitting Bull’s tours and those of the Black Panthers.

MEDICAL MADNESS

MEET THE GOLDEN RULE

Author: George Huber

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1496919785

Category: Medical

Page: 354

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A PATIENT’S PERSPECTIVE: There have been an increasing number of articles and books by medical professionals warning us of the hospital dangers, but very few by patients based on their personal experience. This I will guarantee; your awareness of my experience will drastically change your perception of our medical service. You will be less certain, less trusting, more perceptively critical, but safer. Hospitals kill 100,000 patients per year mostly through unintended medical errors. Medical complications following my routine procedure were so severe it resulted in horrific corrective measures exposing me to months of accumulated hospital treatment. The book portrays vividly and honestly how one is more likely to be killed in the hospital than anywhere else on the planet. So read on! That makes the hospital, our haven of wellness, the most dangerous institution in the world. The life you save may be your own – or one even more precious to you. I was fortunate (lucky enough) to survive five major surgeries, with complications, in as many years. This book describes my experience in vivid detail—with essential recommendations regarding what you need to know and do for those you care for before you become a patient.

Writing in Social Spaces

A social processes approach to academic writing

Author: Rowena Murray

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 131762713X

Category: Education

Page: 160

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Writing in Social Spaces addresses the problem of making time and space for writing in academic life and work of the professionals and practitioners who do academic writing'. Even those who want to write, who know how to write well and who have quality publications, report that they cannot find enough time for writing. Many supervisors are unsure about how to help postgraduates improve their writing for thesis and publication. Whilst the problem does presents through concerns with ‘time’, it is also partly about writing practices, academic identities and lack of motivation. This book provides a research-based, theorised approach to the skill of writing whilst retaining a link to writing practices and giving immediate yet sustainable solutions to the writing problem. It supplies new theory and practice on: socializing writing-in-progress and writing with others exploring the alternation of conscious and unconscious, internal and external processes in academic writing whilst in a social grouping Applying social processes in the writing process Using case studies and vignettes of writing in social spaces to illustrate the theory in practice, This book is a valuable resource for academics, scholars, professionals and practitioners, as well as researchers at all stages of their career, and in all disciplines.

Chase's Calendar of Events 2015

Author: Editors of Chase's Calendar of Events

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 0071835458

Category: Education

Page: N.A

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12,500 entries. 196 countries. 365 days. Find out what's going on any day of the year, anywhere across the globe! If you're looking to tie a promotional event to a special month, travel to a music festival halfway around the world, blog about a historical milestone or do a celebrity birthday round-up on your radio show or Twitterfeed, Chase's Calendar of Events is the one resource that has it all. For broadcasters, journalists, event planners, public relations professionals, librarians, editors, writers or simply the curious, this is one reference you can't do without! Chase's Calendar of Events 2015 brings you: Major sporting events such as the FIFA Women's World Cup (June 6), the Pan American Games (July 10) and the 48th Transpacific Yacht Race (July 13). Milestones such as the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, 200th anniversary of Waterloo, 150th anniversary of Lincoln's assassination, 75th anniversary of Dunkirk and the Battle of Britain, 150th birth anniversary of poet W.B. Yeats and much more. New birthday entries for newsmakers like the new king of Spain, Felipe VI of Bourbon and Greece (Jan 30), or political activist Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (Nov 7); sports stars such as Meryl Davis (Jan 1) and Johnny Manziel (Dec 6); and entertainers Lupita Nyong'o (Mar 1), Chiwetel Ejiofor (July 10), Jamie Dornan (May 1), Dakota Johnson (Oct 4), Lorde (Nov 7) and Macklemore (June 19). New special days such as Take Your Poet to Work Day (July 15), National Black Women in Jazz and the Arts Day (Mar 1), National Biscotti Day (Sept 29), Runner's Selfie Day (June 23), No Selfies Day (Mar 16) and many more. New! Get exclusive access to the Chase's Calendar of Events companion website with: What's on Today? All the holidays, events, anniversaries, celebrity birthdays, and so on for the current day Advanced Search: customize your search--date ranges, location, key word, category, attendance--however you want! Unique Festivals of the World: a new, interactive map of the world--click on a country and discover its major festivals Tabbed pages for Major Awards, About the Holidays, Spotlight for 2015, Glossary of Calendar Terms and Special Months For information on the url and password of the companion website, please see details inside the book.