March 26, 2014
Boston College - Gasson 100
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George Packer is a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author, most recently, of The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America, a New York Times best-seller in 2013. He has published three other works of non-fiction: The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq, which received several prizes and was named one of the ten best books of 2005 by The New York Times Book Review; Interesting Times: Writings from a Turbulent Decade, a collection of articles; The Village of Waiting, a memoir of his years in the Peace Corps in Togo, West Africa; and Blood of the Liberals, a three-generation family and political history, which won the 2001 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. He is also the author of two novels, The Half Man and Central Square, and a play, Betrayed, based on a New Yorker article, which ran five months Off Broadway in 2008 and won the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play. He is the editor of The Fight Is for Democracy: Winning the War of Ideas in America and the World, and of a two-volume edition of George Orwell's essays. Packer's New Yorker articles have won three Overseas Press Club awards. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow and a Holtzbrinck Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. He lives in Brooklyn.