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 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.
"AMERICAN ANGER, FEAR, AND FRUSTRATION"
The Assassins' Gate, so dubbed by American soldiers, is the entrance to the American zone in the city of Baghdad. In 2003, the United States blazed into Iraq to depose dictator Saddam Hussein. But after three years and unknown thousands killed, that country faces an escalating civil war and an uncertain fate. How did it get to this point?
In this issue: "The Choice" by The Editors; "The Unconnected" by George Packer; "Return to Babel" by Joan Acocella; "Sound Waves" by Alex Ross.
"Saddam On Trial" by George Packer; "Capitol Gains" by James Surowiecki; "Breyer's Big Idea" by Jeffrey Toobin; "Recalled to Life" by Oliver Sacks; "The Children" by William Trevor; and "Troublemakers" by Anthony Lane.
Is there an inspiration gap in Hillary Clinton's campaign for president? How does her view of the presidency differ from Barack Obama's? Hear more in this special Campaign 2008 report from the pages of The New Yorker. This article originally appeared in the magazine's January 28th, 2008, issue.
"Hazardous Materials?", by James Surowiecki; "The Ponzi State", by George Packer; "That Buzzing Sound", by Jerome Groopman; and "The Invasion from Outer Space", by Steven Millhauser.
"Not Wise" by George Packer; "Choke Artist" by Lauren Collins; "Through the Roof" by James Surowiecki; "Memento Mori" by David Sedaris; "Rummy in Love" by Bruce McCall; "Once in a Lifetime" by Jhumpa Lahiri; and "Chosing Sides" by Anthony Lane.
In this issue: "Keeping Secrets", by Steve Coll; "The Fearful and the Frustrated", by Evan Osnos; and "The Other France", by George Packer.
"Havel in Jerusalem", by David Remnick; "Grappling", by Nick Paumgarten; "The Quiet German", by George Packer; "The Sound of Sweden", by Sasha Frere-Jones; "Brushfires", by Alex Ross; and "Keeping Secrets", by Anthony Lane.
"When the Towers Fell", by David Remnick; "Speechless", by Jonathan Safran Foer; "Dessert", by Colum McCann; "Passengers", by Ian Frazier; "Paying Attention", by Edward Conlon; "Monsters", by Zadie Smith; "Power Grid", by Daniyal Mueenuddin; "Coming Apart", by George Packer; and "Shaping the Void", by Paul Goldberger.
"Prisoners" by George Packer; "Mind Games" by John Cassidy; "In the Waiting Room" by David Sedaris; "War and Remembrance" by Ian Buruma; "Hugger Mugger" by John Updike; "Her Debut" by Tad Friend; and "Inescapable Pasts" by David Denby.
In this issue: "Mute Button", by George Packer; "The Price of a Life", by Ariel Levy; "The Kings of the Desert", by Nicholas Schmidle; and "Feelings", by Anthony Lane.
"The Fear Equation", by Michael Specter; "Pets Allowed", by Patricia Marx; "The Holder of Secrets", by George Packer; "View from the Mountain", by Dan Chiasson; "Shapes of Things", by Peter Schjeldahl; and "High Fliers", by Anthony Lane.
There are six articles in this edition: "Fighting Words", by George Packer; "The Relaunch", by Ryan Lizza; "No, But We Saw the Movie", by Nora Ephron; "Wheels of Fortune", by Peter Hessler; "High School Confidential", by Nancy Franklin; and "Tangled Up", by Anthony Lane.
In this issue: "Head of the Class" by George Packer; "Happy Together" by Lizzie Widdicombe; "Feel Me" by Adam Gopnik; "Show Them the Money" by Louis Menand; "Transformers" by Anthony Lane.
In this issue: "The Populists", by George Packer; "The Death and Life of Atlantic City", by Nick Paumgarten; "An Exile in the Corn Belt", by Ruth Margalit; and "Hostile Territory", by Anthony Lane.
"The Harder Part", by George Packer; "The Unblinking Stare", by Steve Coll; "Good Game", by Ben McGrath; and "No Laughing Matters", by David Denby.
"Putin Sets the Terms", by George Packer; "The Fourth Quarter", by Ben McGrath; "Sacred and Profane", by Malcolm Gladwell; and "Change Agents", by Emily Nussbaum.
"Reading the Numbers", by Margaret Talbot; "Cheap Words", by George Packer; "This Old Man", by Roger Angell; and "Bigger Than Phil", by Adam Gopnik.
Based on the journalist-playwright's original article in The New Yorker, Betrayed is the story of three young Iraqi translators who risk everything for America's promise of freedom while their country collapses around them.