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  • Published: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013.
  • Year Published: 2013
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Description: viii, 434 pages ; 24 cm
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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  • 9780374102418
  • 0374102414

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The unwinding : an inner history of the new America

by Packer, George, 1960-

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Call number: 973.924 Pa

Available Copies: Downtown 2nd Fl., Pittsfield Adult

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Part I. 1978 ; Dean Price ; Total war : Newt Gingrich ; Jeff Connaughton ; 1984 ; Tammy Thomas ; Her own : Oprah Winfrey ; Jeff Connaughton ; 1987 ; Craftsman : Raymond Carver ; Dean Price ; Tammy Thomas ; Mr. Sam : Sam Walton ; 1994 ; Jeff Connaughton ; Silicon Valley ; 1999 ; Dean Price ; Tammy Thomas ; 2003 ; Institution man (1) : Colin Powell ; Jeff Connaughton -- Part II. Dean Price ; Radish queen : Alice Waters ; Tampa ; Silicon Valley ; 2008 ; Institution man (2) : Robert Rubin ; Jeff Connaughton ; Tammy Thomas ; Dean Price ; Just business : Jay-Z ; Tampa -- Part III. Jeff Connaughton ; 2010 ; Citizen journalist : Andrew Breitbart ; Tampa ; Dean Price ; Tammy Thomas ; Tampa ; Prairie populist : Elizabeth Warren ; Wall Street ; 2012 ; Silicon Valley ; Jeff Connaughton ; Tampa ; Tammy Thomas ; Dean Price.

Through an examination of the lives of several Americans and leading public figures over the past three decades, Packer 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.

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One of the most important books about the decline of the USA to be written in the last 5 years. Packer especially takes to tasks the banking industry, corporate (and government) lawyers, the decrepit/absent regulatory process and virtually all politicians in both parties. He follows closely the lives of three representative people, gives brief career bios of a dozen or so well-known personalities, gives a detailed, long and sad portrait of a desperate bankrupt Tampa, as well as Las Vegas, Youngstown and elitist Silicon Valley, and in general holds out no hope for this country that is not grounded in people working together, creating local or native business models, helping one another, speaking out whenever possible and abandoning nearly all the so-called American values of sucking it up, worshipping the dollar, prideful independence, and exceptionalism that have created a ruling oligarchy.

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