Interesting Times: Writings from a Turbulent Decade by George Packer

By George Packer

All through his profession as a journalist, George Packer has continually been attuned to the voices and tales of people stuck up within the significant rules and occasions of latest historical past. attention-grabbing instances unites superb investigative items similar to “Betrayed,” approximately Iraqi interpreters, with own essays and particular narratives of travels via warfare zones and failed states. Spanning a decade that incorporates the September eleven assaults and the election of Barack Obama, Packer brings perception and keenness to his debts of the warfare on terror, Iraq, political writers, and the 2008 election. throughout those assorted matters a couple of key subject matters recur: the enticements and hazards of idealism; the ethical complexities of warfare and politics; the yankee skill for self-blinding and self-renewal.

Whether exploring American rules within the wake of September eleven, monitoring a used T-shirt from long island to Uganda, or describing the ambivalent reaction in Appalachia to Obama, those essays carry a replicate as much as our personal afflicted instances and exhibit Packer’s unmistakable point of view, that is instantly either wide-angled and humane.


Praise for fascinating Times

“George Packer is a modern day George Orwell. just like the writer of Homage to Catalonia, the areas he writes approximately are by no means phases for private or ideological heroism. they're regularly actual and whole of exasperating evidence that reveal either liberal and conservative absolutism as reckless makes an attempt to disclaim fact. fascinating occasions could be learn not only as an antidote to modern media poison, yet as a testomony to the values of ethical seriousness in a bothered age.” —Jed Lipinski, The Village Voice

“This quantity coheres larger than such a lot within the style. That’s simply because Packer has a much more coherent worldview than such a lot newshounds . . . attention-grabbing occasions turns out an inapt name, ironic and indifferent in ways in which Packer isn't. yet his is the great form of attachment, self-aware and self-reflective. He writes, ‘One can basically be sincere approximately having some degree of view whereas ultimate open to features of reality—the human faces and voices—that could demolish it.’ In his most sensible paintings, truth is haunting, indeed.” —Franklin Foer, the recent York instances booklet evaluation

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“In studying [Packer] we see the brilliant hole among summary principles and urban reality.” —Fareed Zakaria, the hot York occasions booklet Review

“Masterful . . . Packer’s caricature of the prewar debates is refined, sharp and poignant . . . His reporting from Iraq used to be regularly reliable, however the publication is even higher, placing the reader in conjunction with Walter Benjamin’s angel of heritage, observing helplessly because the wreckage unfolds at his feet.” —Gideon Rose, The Washington submit ebook World

“The so much whole, sweeping, and strong account of the Iraq conflict . . . [Packer] has depicted in stark shades the disillusionment of a whole nation.” —Keith Gessen, New York

“A deftly developed and eloquently advised account of the war’s origins and aftermath . . . Packer makes it deeply human and maddeningly vivid.” —Daniel Kurtz-Phelan, l. a. occasions publication Review

“Authoritative and tough-minded.” —Michiko Kakutani, the recent York Times

“A publication that's not in basic terms appropriate yet discerning and provocative . . . [Packer] bargains the shiny element and balanced research that experience made him one of many top chroniclers of the Iraq war.” —Yonatan Lupu, San Francisco Chronicle

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