by George Packer 

*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

Interview with the Author

The Book Review
The Real Life of a Diplomat, Told Like a Novel
5/10/19       66 min

Seattle Town Hall Civics Series
136: George Packer: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century
6/7/19         65 min

City Arts & Lecture
George Packer
8/4/19       70 min

Live at Politics and Prose
George Packer: Live at Politics and Prose
5/17/19        63 min


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