Nov 21, 2013 — A visibly shocked James McBride picked up the fiction prize for his novel The Good Lord Bird about a young slave who joins up with abolitionist John Brown. The nonfiction award was won by George Packer for The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America.
Nov 20, 2013 — On Tuesday night, finalists for the National Book Awards read from their nominated works at The New School in New York City. The National Book Foundation will announce the winners Wednesday night.
May 21, 2013 — George Packer's The Unwinding explores the social and economic upheavals that have transformed the U.S. over the past 30 years. In a nuanced work of literary journalism, colorful characters from across the class divide tell their own stories of a social contract in tatters.
May 19, 2013 — When the factory she worked at closed down, Tammy Thomas reinvented herself as a community organizer; and when Dean Price's truck stop business went belly up, he became a champion of biofuel. In a new book, George Packer examines how ordinary people are adapting to a new America.
Dec 9, 2008 — Dickens is remarkable, indeed almost unique, among modern writers in being able to give a convincing picture of happiness.
Apr 9, 2008 — George Packer, author of The Assassin's Gate, says he doesn't think the tactical changes suggested by Undersecretary of Defense Douglas Feith, who wrote War and Decision, would have made a fundamental difference in the war.
Jan 24, 2008 — During his most recent visit to Iraq, New Yorker writer George Packer focused on stories of Iraqis who have worked as translators, fixers and drivers for the U.S. government, military and media. He has now adapted his story, "Betrayed: The Iraqis Who Trusted America the Most," into a new play.
Mar 22, 2007 — Journalist George Packer's article in the March 26 issue of The New Yorker magazine is called "Betrayed: The Iraqis Who Trusted America the Most." He reports that men employed by Americans as interpreters, construction workers, drivers and office workers are now being marked for death.
Feb 17, 2007 — George Packer, a staff writer at The New Yorker, is back from his sixth trip to Iraq since the war began. He offers his insights on Iraqis' perceptions of President Bush's latest war plans, and the country's hopes for political stability.
Feb 12, 2007 — A list of suggested reading about the Shiite-Sunni conflict.