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City Arts & Lectures Presents GEORGE PACKER

George Packer author photo and Our Man cover image


In Conversation with Clara Jeffery

Thursday, May 23, 2019, 7:30 pm

Venue: Sydney Goldstein Theater

Series: Social Studies

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Longtime staff writer for The New YorkerGeorge Packer has written on the Iraq war, the civil war in Sierra Leone, and a number of other foci of global unrest. He has written multiple books of nonfiction–including The Unwinding and The Assassin’s Gate–two novels, and a play, as well as essays, articles, and reviews for The New York Times Magazine, Dissent, Mother Jones, and Harper’s, among others. His new book, Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century, tells the story of the life of the polarizing American diplomat through the lens of a fictional narrator with knowledge of the very real intimate details of Holbrooke’s life, which Packer was able to garner from his exclusive access to diaries and personal papers. The jury of the Whiting Grant, from whom Packer received a 2017 grant for creative nonfiction, writes, “Irreverent, fast-paced, and unfailingly rigorous, this is nonfiction writing that breaks new ground…This masterly account reads like a literary novel of the highest order while providing an insightful look into the deeper nature of power and the lives of those who hold it.”

Clara Jeffery is Editor-in-Chief of Mother Jones, a position she has held for over 10 years, and a recipient of a PEN America award for editing. Before joining Mother Jones, Jeffery was a senior editor for Harper’s Magazine. Jeffery began her journalistic career at Washington City Paper.

Event date: 
Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
Sydney Goldstein Theater
275 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA
Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307958020
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Published: Knopf - May 7th, 2019

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