George Packer is a staff writer for the New Yorker and the author of The Unwinding, which won the 2013 National Book Award for Nonfiction. His earlier book, The Assassins’ Gate: America in Iraq, was named one of the ten best books of 2005 by The New York Times Book Review. He is also the author of two novels, The Half Man and Central Square, and two other works of nonfiction, Blood of the Liberals, which won the 2001 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, and The Village of Waiting. His play, Betrayed, ran off-Broadway for five months in 2008 and won the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play. He has contributed numerous articles, essays, and reviews to the New York Times Magazine, Mother Jones, Harper’s and other publications.
“A brilliant and innovative book that transcends journalism to become literature.”—Bookforum
[The Unwinding] hums—with sorrow, with outrage and with compassion . . .” “[Packer has] written something close to a nonfiction masterpiece.” —Dwight Garner, The New York Times