[Download] The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America By George Packer

The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America

By: George Packer
Narrated by: Robert Fass
Length: 18 hours
Release date: May 21, 2013
Rating: 1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (2 votes, average: 4.50 out of 5)

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A riveting examination of a nation in crisis, from one of the finest political journalists of our generation.

American 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 Iraq, tells the story of the United States over the past three decades in an utterly original way, with his characteristically sharp 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 questions the Internet's significance and arrives at a radical vision of the future. Packer interweaves these intimate stories 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 date.

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29 Responses to “[Download] The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America By George Packer”

  1. Murray Calco

    Compelling and enlightening
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

  2. Derrick Zboral

    Wonder how it’s going to end.
    As a collection of stories about the lives of ordinary people, it paints a pretty vivid picture of how we have arrived at this point in time. One wonders how we can undo the grim momentum of greed and ignorance. Maybe books like this can help more Americans understand our current predicament.

  3. Josef S.

    not bad at all
    written in a study terkel manner using an interview narrative the author informs us
    of how e got to this place in American politics. and in our lives from day to day.

  4. Rhett Chait

    Terrible edit. Heavy breathing is horrid
    It’s very difficult to get past the panting. Heavy breathing dominates the story. It should be edited out.

  5. Ernesto Vallier

    Much better than I expected
    I am not sure there is another book that better captures the feeling of what the changes in America have meant to the Americans who lived through them.

    You have to read this book if you care about what is happening to our country.

  6. Jaime

    A must read
    a graphical portrait of what the destruction of the middle class means for everyday people and how the cards are more and more stacked. The Gulag Archipelago of modern America

  7. Daniel Nunamaker

    What made the experience of listening to The Unwinding the most enjoyable?

  8. judy

    Don’t waste your time
    This book represents many hours that I’ll never get back. The individual stories that make up this book are well written but the premise of the book, the unwinding of America, is never proven. The author tries to take the individual stories of a dozen or so people and make the case that America is declining. There are few facts and no conclusions offered. The book is subjective and fails to take into account the positive things that have occurred in America in the last 15 years. I kept waiting for some objective take-away to appear but it never came. I’m sorry I wasted my time with it.

  9. Kory Ridgle

    not my taste
    i was unable to listen at length, tried several times. I did not like it.

  10. Reuben Spartichino

    Thought Provoking
    Any additional comments?

  11. Gaston Fanizzi

    sloppy sloppy research!
    sloppy sloppy journalism. i had high hopes for this book and enjoyed the stories about his ‘average americans’, but have to question his research skills after his horatio alger, slobbering lap dog, wikipedia puffery on celebs and and notable americans (like oprah and jay-z). at the end of the day his ‘unwinding’ narrative is all pretty standard stuff about flawed americans who make mistakes and pick themselves back up even when ‘the man’ keeps knocking them back down. hardly any grand linked narrative about how modern society has failed us. if you are intersted in that i suggest watching david simon’s ‘the wire’ as a much more coherent and more grounded in reality starting point.

  12. Ludivina Verhaag

    Very well written and even a little scary.
    Great presentation of the last few decades and the politics and economic issues Americans face.
    America is on the decline, thus the unwinding. It’s systematic and not caused by one party or person. But it is happening. I was very impressed with the many and diverse people the author uses to make his point. Every class and race is represented. We are all affected.

    I didn’t feel that it was biased, which I appreciate. Very impressive style of writing!

    An author to watch!

  13. Elisha Thyberg

    Excellent and disturbing on so many levels
    Fully enjoyed the meandering and story telling at the individual level. Upon completion, felt I was leaving some good souls – and not so good ones – behind.
    So disturbing in light of current electoral events stateside.

  14. Tawny Dotts

    Unexpectedly Good
    This book unfolds the last four decades in the United States using stories of people who lived it. They include the rich, the poor, the obscure, the famous, and the stories weave through the America experience in a way that explains where we’ve been and what has happened. Well-read.

  15. Josue Imbriale

    Overwhelmingly white & male subjects
    Also, the whitewash the motivations and actions of the perpetrators of the financial crisis and collapse preceding Obama’s administration

  16. Jesusa Yang

    Not suitable for audio
    Any additional comments?

  17. Aaron Detlefsen

    Before We Knew, He knew
    easy to follow the stories, never boring. prophetic and empathetic. the reader is great as well, does accents and voices which help to clarify who is speaking or thinking.

  18. Gregg Jojola

    Eye opening
    Immediately listened to The Unwinding after hearing George Packer on NPR, amazing journalist and an excellent read, highly recommend for anyone interested in Learning more about why so many Americans have lost trust in government.

  19. Cesar F.

    Ugh. Pointless waste of time
    Random stories about largely random people filled with a lot of researxh on pointless details going nowhere. It felt lile the author was starting with a few human interest introductory stories before getting to the book. but no. It was an entire book just waiting to get to a bool. The largest waste of my time I can recall.

  20. Refugio Swenceski

    Doesn’t seem to get to a point
    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

  21. Denese C.

    Good but…
    There were parts of this book I really liked, but it did get slow in some areas. There is also this wierd thing done between chapters where headlines are used. This make look interesting in print form, but for me it did not transfer to this format well.

  22. Carroll Comstock

    A Patriot’s Dream
    This book starts off slow and it’s a little hard to follow at first but if you stick it out, you won’t be disappointed.

  23. Marty Staack

    Gritty book, grating performance
    A compelling fine grained account of the implosion of the American Dream is sabotaged by an inept upbeat and resolutely anodyne performance. What next? Mr. Rogers reads Celine?

  24. Carrol Deitrick

    worth the while book
    Any additional comments?

  25. Karren Debernardi

    somewhat disjointed and never pulled together
    as noted in the title, this book is somewhat disjointed. 1 struggles to find the actual meaning behind the authors ramblings story or should I say stories. The highlight of this book is the performance. if I had to read it on a paper page or Kindle, it would have been a struggle to get through.

    I would recommend other books on a similar topic well before this one.

  26. Tony H.

    Many different well told stories, but not sure why
    I did like the book enough to listen to it all. There are about 20 people whose stories are told. Most of the people stories are from non-famous people with exceptions such as Colin Powell, Oprah Winfrey and Newt Gingrich.

    Each person’s story was interesting and the author tells them very nicely. I’m not sure how in total they tell the story about the unwinding of America. I usually read science books and the point behind those stories are explicit and I understand why those books are written and there is nothing left to the imagination for me to understand. This book was different.

    I can understand how the financial disaster affected lives and the author tells those stories marvelously. But he also tells other stories. For example, I’m not sure why he was so apologetic for Colin Powell’s speech at the UN for recommending war with Iraq.

    Overall, if your like me and need to be told why the things you are reading are important in totality, this book might not be as good to you as it is to others.

  27. Victor Tokarev

    Of no valuable substance
    I received no education from this audiobook. Blah blah blah and never gets to anything good. Don’t waste your time.

  28. Lonnie Mccrossen

    Not Sure Why
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

  29. CS

    deep look at American dysfunction
    good but depressing book. chapters on newt Gingrich, Oprah Winfrey, Elizabeth warren and Joe biden were the best.

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