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The Fight Is for Democracy - Winning the War of Ideas in America and the World (Paperback, New): George Packer The Fight Is for Democracy - Winning the War of Ideas in America and the World (Paperback, New)
George Packer
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Americans aren't fighting just a war on terrorism ... they are fighting, and losing, a war of ideas.

This riveting collection of original essays by some of the best political minds in America argues that the post–September 11 era has put American democracy itself on trial. In short, defeating terrorism requires us to live up to our own ideals. In The Fight Is for Democracy, nine leading writers take a hard, and at times personal, look at American life and America's role in the world. These pieces share a belief in the need for liberal reform at home and abroad. Power alone is not enough to win hearts and minds around the world. The war against terrorism should be a war for democracy.

Edited and with an Introduction by George Packer, The Fight Is for Democracy pushes the national debate in provocative new directions with essays on:

  • Domestic politics and foreign policy -- Michael Tomasky, political columnist for New York magazine

  • Human rights and intervention -- Laura Secor, Boston Globe staff writer

  • Secularism -- Vijay Seshadri, author and professor at Sarah Lawrence College

  • Patriotism -- Todd Gitlin, author and professor of journalism and sociology at Columbia University

  • Politics in the Arab World -- Kanan Makiya, author and professor at Brandeis University

  • Intellectuals and American culture -- Susie Linfield, associate director of the Cultural Reporting and Criticism program at New York University

  • Globalization -- William Finnegan, staff writer at The New Yorker

  • Economic inequality -- Jeff Madrick, editor of Challenge magazine

  • Liberalism and terror -- Paul Berman, contributing editor of The New Republic
Our Man - Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century (Hardcover): George Packer Our Man - Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century (Hardcover)
George Packer
R649 R415 Discovery Miles 4 150 Save R234 (36%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
Our Man - Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century (Hardcover): George Packer Our Man - Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century (Hardcover)
George Packer 1
R684 R446 Discovery Miles 4 460 Save R238 (35%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

From one of America's greatest non-fiction writers, an epic saga of the rise and fall of American power, from Vietnam to Afghanistan, told through the life of one man. Richard Holbrooke was one of the most legendary and complicated figures in recent American history. Brilliant, utterly self-absorbed, and possessed of almost inhuman energy and appetites, he was both admired and detested. 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. 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. But his sharp elbows and tireless self-promotion ensured that he never rose to the highest levels in government that he so desperately coveted. Holbrooke's story is the story of the rise and fall 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. Drawing on Holbrooke's diaries and papers, George Packer's narrative 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.

Our Man - Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century (Large print, Paperback, Large type / large print edition):... Our Man - Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century (Large print, Paperback, Large type / large print edition)
George Packer
R628 R493 Discovery Miles 4 930 Save R135 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

From the award-winning author of The Unwinding--the vividly 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.

Generation'S End - A Personal Memoir of American Power After 9/11 (Hardcover): Scott L. Malcomson, George Packer Generation'S End - A Personal Memoir of American Power After 9/11 (Hardcover)
Scott L. Malcomson, George Packer
R403 R301 Discovery Miles 3 010 Save R102 (25%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

As we approach the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we have a chance to see more clearly how they were a turning point in America's relationship with the world. America became more assertive abroad; its authority and legitimacy as the only superpower became more widely opposed; and the limitations of the U.S.-dominated post-World War II international structures became more evident with each passing year. The first half of Generation's End examines the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks through the invasion of Iraq in 2003. As the foreign affairs Op-Ed editor for the New York Times during this period, Scott L. Malcomson witnessed the newspaper's struggles to deal with the threats to its city and to American security. He captures the confusion and bravery of those times with disarming honesty while also providing insight into the shaping of American (and Times) policy. The latter half takes Malcomson to Geneva, where in early 2003 he became senior adviser to the new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Sergio Vieira de Mello. When Vieira de Mello was selected as the UN's special representative for Iraq, Malcomson counseled him closely, writing strategy memos, speeches, and Op-Eds (including politically sensitive material revealed here for the first time). The killing of Vieira de Mello by al Qaeda in Baghdad, movingly evoked here by Malcomson, brings a measure of closure to a very brief but critical two years that, as George Packer notes in his foreword,"contain all the decisions that would set in motion the larger era." In an epilogue, Malcomson positions the Obama administration in the context of this formative period.

The Unwinding - Thirty Years of American Decline (Paperback, Main): George Packer The Unwinding - Thirty Years of American Decline (Paperback, Main)
George Packer
R305 R178 Discovery Miles 1 780 Save R127 (42%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

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

Interesting Times - Writings from a Turbulent Decade (Paperback): George Packer Interesting Times - Writings from a Turbulent Decade (Paperback)
George Packer
R338 R278 Discovery Miles 2 780 Save R60 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Throughout his career as a journalist, George Packer has always been attuned to the voices and stories of individuals caught up in the big ideas and events of contemporary history. "Interesting Times "unites brilliant investigative pieces such as "Betrayed," about Iraqi interpreters, with personal essays and detailed narratives of travels through war zones and failed states. Spanning a decade that includes the September 11 attacks and the election of Barack Obama, Packer brings insight and passion to his accounts of the war on terror, Iraq, political writers, and the 2008 election. Across these varied subjects a few key themes recur: the temptations and dangers of idealism; the moral complexities of war and politics; the American capacity for self-blinding and self-renewal.

Whether exploring American policies in the wake of September 11, tracking a used T-shirt from New York to Uganda, or describing the ambivalent response in Appalachia to Obama, these essays hold a mirror up to our own troubled times and showcase Packer's unmistakable perspective, which is at once both wide-angled and humane.

All Art Is Propaganda - Critical Essays (Paperback): George Orwell All Art Is Propaganda - Critical Essays (Paperback)
George Orwell; Edited by George Packer; Keith Gessen
R311 R255 Discovery Miles 2 550 Save R56 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

As a critic, George Orwell cast a wide net. Equally at home discussing Charles Dickens and Charlie Chaplin, he moved back and forth across the porous borders between essay and journalism, high art and low. A frequent commentator on literature, language, film, and drama throughout his career, Orwell turned increasingly to the critical essay in the 1940s, when his most important experiences were behind him and some of his most incisive writing lay ahead.

"All Art Is Propaganda "follows Orwell as he demonstrates in piece after piece how intent analysis of a work or body of work gives rise to trenchant aesthetic and philosophical commentary. With masterpieces such as "Politics and the English Language" and "Rudyard Kipling" and gems such as "Good Bad Books," here is an unrivaled education in, as George Packer puts it, "how to be interesting, line after line."

Facing Unpleasant Facts - Narrative Essays (Paperback): George Orwell Facing Unpleasant Facts - Narrative Essays (Paperback)
George Orwell; Edited by George Packer
R305 R248 Discovery Miles 2 480 Save R57 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

George Orwell was first and foremost an essayist, producing throughout his life an extraordinary array of short nonfiction that reflected--and illuminated--the fraught times in which he lived. "As soon as he began to write something," comments George Packer in his foreword, "it was as natural for Orwell to propose, generalize, qualify, argue, judge--in short, to think--as it was for Yeats to versify or Dickens to invent."

"Facing Unpleasant Facts "charts Orwell's development as a master of the narrative-essay form and unites such classics as "Shooting an Elephant" with lesser-known journalism and passages from his wartime diary. Whether detailing the horrors of Orwell's boyhood in an English boarding school or bringing to life the sights, sounds, and smells of the Spanish Civil War, these essays weave together the personal and the political in an unmistakable style that is at once plainspoken and brilliantly complex.

The Unwinding - An Inner History of the New America (Paperback): George Packer The Unwinding - An Inner History of the New America (Paperback)
George Packer
R340 R239 Discovery Miles 2 390 Save R101 (30%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The 2013 National Book Award Winner
A "New York Times" Bestseller
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 past three decades by journeying through the lives of several Americans, including a son of tobacco farmers who becomes an evangelist for a new economy in the rural South, a factory worker in the Rust Belt trying to survive the collapse of
her city, a Washington insider oscillating between political idealism and the lure of organized money, and a Silicon Valley billionaire who arrives at a radical vision of the future. Packer interweaves these stories with sketches of public figures, from Newt Gingrich to Jay-Z, and collages made from newspaper
headlines, advertising slogans, and song lyrics. Packer's novelistic and kaleidoscopic history of the new America is his most ambitious work to date.

Six Plain Sermons on Subjects of the Day (Paperback): George Packer Six Plain Sermons on Subjects of the Day (Paperback)
George Packer
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The Unwinding - Thirty Years of American Decline (Paperback): George Packer The Unwinding - Thirty Years of American Decline (Paperback)
George Packer 1
R215 R169 Discovery Miles 1 690 Save R46 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR NON-FICTION `Hums - with sorrow, with outrage and with compassion... Close to a non-fiction masterpiece' The New York Times America is in crisis: in a state of unwinding. In the space of a generation the country has become divided between winners and losers, with its political system on the verge of breakdown and its people adrift amongst failing institutions. In his National Book Award-winning The Unwinding, George Packer tells the human story of America's vertiginous collapse. Dean Price is a sustainability evangelist in the rural South; Tammy Thomas, a factory worker trying to survive the collapse of the Rust Belt; Jeff Connaughton, a political careerist in Washington, and Peter Thiel, a controversial Silicon Valley billionaire. Journeying across three decades, Packer weaves the stories of these four Americans together to paint a rich, complex and compelling portrait of contemporary America as it stands at this, its most pivotal moment.

Origin and Development of the Railway Rail (Paperback): G P (George Packer) 1846- Raidabaugh Origin and Development of the Railway Rail (Paperback)
G P (George Packer) 1846- Raidabaugh
R266 Discovery Miles 2 660 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Origin and Development of the Railway Rail - English and American Wood, Iron and Steel (Hardcover): G P (George Packer) 1846-... Origin and Development of the Railway Rail - English and American Wood, Iron and Steel (Hardcover)
G P (George Packer) 1846- Raidabaugh
R515 Discovery Miles 5 150 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Missionary Notices. [Continued As] the Wesleyan Missionary Notices (Hardcover): Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society Missionary Notices. [Continued As] the Wesleyan Missionary Notices (Hardcover)
Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Society; George Packer, Peter Lely
R625 Discovery Miles 6 250 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Six Plain Sermons on Subjects of the Day (Hardcover): George Packer Six Plain Sermons on Subjects of the Day (Hardcover)
George Packer
R518 Discovery Miles 5 180 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Six Plain Sermons on Subjects of the Day - Preached During Lent (1870) (Paperback): George Packer Six Plain Sermons on Subjects of the Day - Preached During Lent (1870) (Paperback)
George Packer
R295 Discovery Miles 2 950 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

This scarce antiquarian book is a selection from Kessinger Publishing's Legacy Reprint Series. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment to protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature. Kessinger Publishing is the place to find hundreds of thousands of rare and hard-to-find books with something of interest for everyone!

Six Plain Sermons on Subjects of the Day - Preached During Lent (1870) (Hardcover): George Packer Six Plain Sermons on Subjects of the Day - Preached During Lent (1870) (Hardcover)
George Packer
R514 Discovery Miles 5 140 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

This scarce antiquarian book is a selection from Kessinger Publishing's Legacy Reprint Series. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment to protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature. Kessinger Publishing is the place to find hundreds of thousands of rare and hard-to-find books with something of interest for everyone

Six Plain Sermons on Subjects of the Day - Preached During Lent (1870) (Hardcover): George Packer Six Plain Sermons on Subjects of the Day - Preached During Lent (1870) (Hardcover)
George Packer
R630 Discovery Miles 6 300 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

This scarce antiquarian book is a selection from Kessinger Publishing's Legacy Reprint Series. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment to protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature. Kessinger Publishing is the place to find hundreds of thousands of rare and hard-to-find books with something of interest for everyone!

Six Plain Sermons on Subjects of the Day - Preached During Lent (1870) (Paperback): George Packer Six Plain Sermons on Subjects of the Day - Preached During Lent (1870) (Paperback)
George Packer
R360 Discovery Miles 3 600 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Missionary Notices. [continued As] the Wesleyan Missionary Notices (Paperback): George Packer, Wesleyan Missionary Notices,... Missionary Notices. [continued As] the Wesleyan Missionary Notices (Paperback)
George Packer, Wesleyan Missionary Notices, Peter Lely
R553 R434 Discovery Miles 4 340 Save R119 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book.

Betrayed (Paperback): George Packer Betrayed (Paperback)
George Packer
R260 R209 Discovery Miles 2 090 Save R51 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Millions of Iraqis, spanning the country's religious and ethnic spectrum, welcomed the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. But the mostly young men and women who embraced America's project so enthusiastically that they were prepared to risk their lives for it by aiding the U.S. forces constitute a small minority. On a cold, wet night in January 2007, George Packer met two such Iraqi men in the lobby of the Palestine Hotel, in central Baghdad to hear their story and those of other Iraqis working as translators and additional key personnel for the U.S. military and occupation authorities. They assumed that their perspective would be valuable to foreigners who knew little or nothing of Iraq. But instead of respect and gratitude, those who chose to help bridge the gap between the occupiers and the occupied were met with suspicion and hostility. They have been killed by insurgents and militias, ignored by U.S. officials, fired from their jobs without reason or recourse, and prevented from fleeing to the States for safety.

Based on Packer's account in "The New Yorker," "Betrayed "is a riveting and morally complex drama that explores in the Iraqis' own words the ways in which we have already abandoned them. It will have its world premiere in January 2008, off-Broadway at the Culture Project.

The Village of Waiting (Paperback, 1st Farrar, Straus, Giroux ed): George Packer The Village of Waiting (Paperback, 1st Farrar, Straus, Giroux ed)
George Packer
R352 R287 Discovery Miles 2 870 Save R65 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Now restored to print with a new Foreword by Philip Gourevitch and an Afterword by the author, this book is a frank, moving, and vivid account of contemporary life in West Africa. Stationed as a Peace Corps instructor in the village of Lavié (the name means "wait a little more") in tiny and underdeveloped Togo, Packer reveals his own schooling at the hands of an unforgettable array of townspeople--peasants, chiefs, charlatans, children, market women, cripples, crazies, and those who, having lost or given up much of their traditional identity and fastened their hopes on "development," find themselves trapped between the familiar repetitions of rural life and the chafing monotony of waiting for change.

Betrayed (Paperback, New): George Packer Betrayed (Paperback, New)
George Packer
R266 Discovery Miles 2 660 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Drama / 5m, 6f Millions of Iraqis, spanning the country's religious and ethnic spectrum, welcomed the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. But the mostly young men and women who embraced America's project so enthusiastically that they were prepared to risk their lives for it by aiding the U.S. forces constitute a small minority. On a cold, wet night in January 2007, George Packer met two such Iraqi men in the lobby of the Palestine Hotel, in central Baghdad to hear their story and those of other Iraqis working as translators and additional key personnel for the U.S. military and occupation authorities. They assumed that their perspective would be valuable to foreigners who knew little or nothing of Iraq. But instead of respect and gratitude, those who chose to help bridge the gap between the occupiers and the occupied were met with suspicion and hostility. They have been killed by insurgents and militias, ignored by U.S. officials, fired from their jobs without reason or recourse, and prevented from fleeing to the States for safety. Based on Packer's account in The New Yorker, Betrayed is a riveting and morally complex drama that explores in the Iraqis' own words the ways in which we have already abandoned them. It will have its world premiere in January 2008, off-Broadway at the Culture Project. .,."the clarity of the writing, the urgency of the story being told ... give the play a sharp dramatic impact and a plain-spoken beauty. Painful human experience is presented here as just that. Nothing else is necessary to awaken sympathy, despair and awareness of a grave moral failure on the part of the American government." - New York Times

Origin and Development of the Railway Rail - English and American, Wood, Iron and Steel (Paperback): George Packer Raidabaugh Origin and Development of the Railway Rail - English and American, Wood, Iron and Steel (Paperback)
George Packer Raidabaugh
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