George Packer, 2013 National Book Award Winner, will discuss The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America

EVENT OVERVIEW:  George Packer, 2013 National Book Award Winner, will appear to discuss his Bestselling and Award-Winning Book The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America.

ABOUT GEORGE PACKER:  George Packer is a Staff Writer for The New Yorker and the Author of The Assassins’ Gate: America in Iraq, which received several prizes and 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.  His most recent Book is Interesting Times: Writings from a Turbulent Decade.  He lives in Brooklyn.

ABOUT The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America :

  • The 2013 National Book Award Winner 
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Selected by New York Times’ critic Dwight Garner as a Favorite Book of 2013
  • A New York Times Notable Book of 2013
  • A Washington Post Best Political Book of 2013
  • An NPR Best Book of 2013
  • A New Republic Best Book of 2013
  • One of Publishers Weekly's Best Nonfiction Books of 2013
  • A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Book of 2013
  • One of The Kansas City Star’s Top Five Books of 2013 

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 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.

DATE & TIME:  Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 7:00 PM

LOCATION:  Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary, 707 W 47th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64112

EVENT FORMAT:  George Packer will discuss his New Book The Unwinding and answer audience questions.  A Booksigning will follow the Presenation.  Tickets are sequentially numbered in the order they are purchased.

ADMISSION PACKAGE: $16.00 plus Kansas Sales Tax, includes One Softcover (Trade Paperback) of The Unwinding, One Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket and One Guest Ticket (if needed).  It's your choice, for the same Price.

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PLEASE NOTE:  The Publication Date for The Unwiding in Softcover (Trade Paperback) is March 4, 2014.  All Orders placed before this Date will be processed immediately.  In-Store Pick-Up will be available on or after March 4, 2014.  We will automatically have your Admission Packages held at the Will-Call Table of this Event if you are unable pick them up ahead of time.

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Event date: 
Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Unity Temple on The Plaza, Sanctuary
707 W 47th Street
64112 Kansas City
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