October 27, 2020

SECWAC Presents George Packer from ‘The Atlantic’ Discussing His New Book on Richard Holbrooke, Tonight

George Packer

AREAWIDE — The Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) hosts George Packer in a Zoom presentation this evening, Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 6 p.m. titled, ‘Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century.’

All are welcome. This presentation is free for members, guests $20, registration is required.

In his book “Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century”, Packer tells the story of Richard Holbrooke, the diplomat who was the force behind the Dayton Accords that ended the Balkan War, but who failed to achieve the post of Secretary of State which he coveted.

The story, told against the backdrop of US foreign policy from the Vietnam War to the Afghanistan War, is a nonfiction narrative both intimate and epic in its revelatory portrait of this extraordinary and flawed man, and the elite spheres of government and society he inhabited.

George Packer is a staff writer at The Atlantic and a former staff writer at The New Yorker.  He is the author of The Unwinding: An Inner History of the United States (winner of the 2013 National Book Award), The Assassin’s Gate: America in Iraq (a finalist for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize), and Blood of the Liberals (winner of the 2001 Robert F Kennedy Book Award).

Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and winner of the Los Angeles Book Award for Biography.  He is also the author of 2 novels and a play, “Betrayed,” which won the Lucille Lortel Award.  Packer has been a Guggenheim fellow and twice a Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin.

Copies of the book may be purchased from Bank Square Books in Mystic, CT, here.

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