America is unravelling. Within three decades, the land of endless opportunity has become more than ever a country of winners and losers. In his book “The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America,” George Packer shows us how the nation’s social fabric is coming apart at the seams.
Packer is a staff writer for The New Yorker as well as a novelist and playwright. His book about the Iraq war “The Assassins’ Gate” was highly praised, and “The Unwinding” won the National Book Award for non-fiction.
The Unwinding is a book full of sorrow and outrage, of anger and empathy. “In its sensibility, this book is closer to a novel than a work of non-fiction,” according to the Financial Times. “It is all the more powerful for it.”