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George Packer And American Exceptionalism

Renee Bright


George Packer is one of those few writers whose byline alone is often enough to convince people to click on his articles. 

The author of 10 books and countless articles, Packer has the unique ability to see American society with a clear-eyed empathy, and tell our stories in ways that feel both familiar and radically new. In his most recent book, “Our Man,” Packer examines the life, challenges and legacy of diplomat Richard Holbrooke. It’s a warts and all account of a gifted man whose sense of his own exceptionalism mirrored that of the country he loved and served – a sense that ultimately hindered them both. In the June 2020 issue of The Atlantic, Packer continues to explore American exceptionalism in a new piece titled We Are Living In A Failed State

A staff writer at The New Yorker until 2018, Packer is now on staff at The Atlantic. His book is Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century. [IndieBound|Amazon|Audible].