Author Spotlight on George Packer

7:00pm to 8:30pm

Author of Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century

Schlow presents Author Spotlight, a new series bringing bestselling authors to the Centre Region. George Packer will visit Schlow to discuss his book, Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century. He is the National Book Award winning author of The Unwinding and writer for The Atlantic. George's talk will focus on where he thinks American foreign policy is headed in the next decade.

Book signing and sale to follow. To learn about a special ticketed dinner event to meet George in person, click here!

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  • Where: Days Inn, State College

About George

George Packer is a journalist, novelist, and playwright. He is best known for his writings for The New Yorker about U.S. foreign policy and for his book The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq. Packer also wrote The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America, covering the history of America from 1978 to 2012. In November 2013, The Unwinding received the National Book Award for Nonfiction. His latest book Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century was released in May 2019.

About Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century

Richard Holbrooke was brilliant, utterly self-absorbed, and possessed of almost inhuman energy and appetites. Admired and detested, he was the force behind the Dayton Accords that ended the Balkan wars, America's greatest diplomatic achievement in the post-Cold War era. His power lay in an utter belief in himself and his idea of a muscular, generous foreign policy… His story is thus the story of America during its era of supremacy: its strength, drive, and sense of possibility, as well as its penchant for overreach and heedless self-confidence. In Our Man, drawn from Holbrooke's diaries and papers, we are given a nonfiction narrative that is both intimate and epic in its revelatory portrait of this extraordinary and deeply flawed man and the elite spheres of society and government he inhabited.

Praise for Our Man

“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


Author Spotlight is sponsored by the Department of Asian Studies at Penn State, Kish Bank, McQuaide Blasko, Schlow Library Foundation, Schreyer Honors College at Penn State, and Webster’s Bookstore & Café. Also with generous support from Nancy Eaton and Fred & Judy Sears.

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