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Interesting Times: Writings from a Turbulent Decade

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Throughout his career as a journalist, George Packer has always been attuned to the voices and stories of individuals caught up in the big ideas and events of contemporary history. Interesting Times unites brilliant investigative pieces such as “Betrayed,” about Iraqi interpreters, with personal essays and detailed narratives of travels through war zones and failed states. ...more
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published November 10th 2009 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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This is a collection of essays Packer published during the first decade of this, the 21st, century. For Packer, the decade as a historical period, really began on the morning after September 11th, 2001 and ended on November 4, 2008 when Barack Obama was elected president of the U.S. The essays Packer chose for this collection are about the war in Iraq, other parts of the world where American influence was felt, "writers at war" (a group of essays focused on literary criticism and the opinions of ...more
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I think this book gives a good glimpse into the period of the Bush administration and the war on terror. He captures in articles written during this period the goings on in Washington and Iraq. He also goes to horrible places that no one in their right mind would have for a tourist destination and reports on these places. He has a short section on writers who mostly have some importance in regards to the international scene and a hopeful wrap up (overly hopeful looking back) on the Obama victor ...more
interesting collection, and i like his writing, and have liked his past writings. but i'm not sure these essays will age terribly well. yes, they are a great capture of the politics of the time, but the politics of the time are not very interesting when, say, it's 2003 and we've just gone to war with iraq and the author is discussing the ways the war could go. interesting times, but better to leave those times in the past.
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