Our Man by George Packer audiobook

Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century

By George Packer
Read by Joe Barrett

Random House Audio
20.20 Hours 1
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    ISBN: 9780525637837

*Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Biography* *Winner of the Los Angeles Times Prize for Biography* *Winner of the 2019 Hitchens Prize* "Portrays Holbrooke in all of his endearing and exasperating self-willed glory...Both a sweeping diplomatic history and a Shakespearean tragicomedy... If you could read one book to comprehend American's foreign policy and its quixotic forays into quicksands over the past 50 years, this would be it."--Walter Isaacson, The New York Times Book Review "By the end of the second page, maybe the third, you will be hooked...There never was a diplomat-activist quite like [Holbrooke], and there seldom has been a book quite like this -- sweeping and sentimental, beguiling and brutal, catty and critical, much like the man himself."--David M. Shribman, The Boston Globe Richard Holbrooke was brilliant, utterly self-absorbed, and possessed of almost inhuman energy and appetites. Admired and detested, he was the force behind the Dayton Accords that ended the Balkan wars, America's greatest diplomatic achievement in the post-Cold War era. His power lay in an utter belief in himself and his idea of a muscular, generous foreign policy. From his days as a young adviser in Vietnam to his last efforts to end the war in Afghanistan, Holbrooke embodied the postwar American impulse to take the lead on the global stage. But his sharp elbows and tireless self-promotion ensured that he never rose to the highest levels in government that he so desperately coveted. His story is thus the story of America during its era of supremacy: its strength, drive, and sense of possibility, as well as its penchant for overreach and heedless self-confidence. In Our Man, drawn from Holbrooke's diaries and papers, we are given a nonfiction narrative that is both intimate and epic in its revelatory portrait of this extraordinary and deeply flawed man and the elite spheres of society and government he inhabited.

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Summary

Summary

Finalist for the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Biography

Finalist for the 2019 National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography

Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography

Winner of the 2019 Hitchens Prize

A #1 Amazon.com bestseller in US History

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

A Minneapolis Star-Tribune Pick of Best Books to Read This Winter

A London Observer Pick of Most Anticipated Books of 2019

*Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Biography* *Winner of the Los Angeles Times Prize for Biography* *Winner of the 2019 Hitchens Prize* "Portrays Holbrooke in all of his endearing and exasperating self-willed glory...Both a sweeping diplomatic history and a Shakespearean tragicomedy... If you could read one book to comprehend American's foreign policy and its quixotic forays into quicksands over the past 50 years, this would be it."--Walter Isaacson, The New York Times Book Review "By the end of the second page, maybe the third, you will be hooked...There never was a diplomat-activist quite like [Holbrooke], and there seldom has been a book quite like this -- sweeping and sentimental, beguiling and brutal, catty and critical, much like the man himself."--David M. Shribman, The Boston Globe Richard Holbrooke was brilliant, utterly self-absorbed, and possessed of almost inhuman energy and appetites. Admired and detested, he was the force behind the Dayton Accords that ended the Balkan wars, America's greatest diplomatic achievement in the post-Cold War era. His power lay in an utter belief in himself and his idea of a muscular, generous foreign policy. From his days as a young adviser in Vietnam to his last efforts to end the war in Afghanistan, Holbrooke embodied the postwar American impulse to take the lead on the global stage. But his sharp elbows and tireless self-promotion ensured that he never rose to the highest levels in government that he so desperately coveted. His story is thus the story of America during its era of supremacy: its strength, drive, and sense of possibility, as well as its penchant for overreach and heedless self-confidence. In Our Man, drawn from Holbrooke's diaries and papers, we are given a nonfiction narrative that is both intimate and epic in its revelatory portrait of this extraordinary and deeply flawed man and the elite spheres of society and government he inhabited.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Narrator Joe Barrett’s voice is learned, rugged, and dry—the perfect fit for Packer’s political biography, which spans decades as it follows career diplomat Richard Holbrooke from the Vietnam War to the war in Afghanistan…Barrett’s observant performance captures the persona of a field-weary insider. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“A portrait of the entirety of the man—not just his public life, but also his private motivations.” Foreign Policy
“Packer analyzes the forces of character that led us from a commitment to unity to the chaotic division in which we find ourselves today.” The Observer (London)

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Author Bio: George Packer

Author Bio: George Packer

George Packer is a staff writer for the New Yorker and the author of The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America, which was a New York Times bestseller and won a National Book Award. His other nonfiction books include The Assassins’ Gate: America in Iraq and Blood of the Liberals, the latter of which won the 2001 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. He has written two novels, The Half Man and Central Square. His writing has also appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Mother Jones, Harper’s, and other publications.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 20.20
Audience: Adult
Language: English