George Packer





George Packer


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August 13, 1960

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When the leaders of the Bolshevik movement—Lenin, Stalin, and the rest—used the term vrag naroda, an “enemy of the people,” it was an ominous epithet that encompassed a range of “wreckers” and “socially dangerous elements.” Enemies included clergy, intellectuals, monarchists, Trotskyists, “rootless cosmopolitans,” and well-to-do farmers. To be branded an enemy of the people was to face nearly i...

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Average rating: 4.1 · 11,740 ratings · 1,454 reviews · 20 distinct works · Similar authors
The Unwinding: An Inner His...

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The Assassins' Gate: Americ...

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The Village of Waiting

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Blood of the Liberals

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Interesting Times: Writings...

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Betrayed: A Play

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The Fight Is for Democracy:...

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Central Square: A Novel

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The Tale of a Boy Soldier: ...

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The Half Man

it was ok 2.00 avg rating — 4 ratings — published 1991 — 2 editions
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“At the heart of the matter is a battle between wish and fear. Fear generally proves stronger than a wish, but it leaves a taste of disappointment on the tongue.”
George Packer

“Ideology knows the answer before the question has been asked.

Principles are something different: a set of values that have to be adapted to circumstances but not compromised away.”
George Packer

“Before the nineteen-seventies, most Republicans in Washington accepted the institutions of the welfare state, and most Democrats agreed with the logic of the Cold War. Despite the passions over various issues, government functioned pretty well. Legislators routinely crossed party lines when they voted, and when they drank; filibusters in the Senate were reserved for the biggest bills; think tanks produced independent research, not partisan talking points. The "D." or "R." after a politician's name did not tell you what he thought about everything, or everything you thought about him.”
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