George Packer

5/22/2019 | Town Hall Seattle

Readings & Lectures Downtown

From his days as a young adviser in Vietnam to his last efforts to end the war in Afghanistan, Richard Holbrooke embodied the postwar American impulse to take the lead on the global stage. Journalist George Packer takes Town Hall’s stage to relate Holbrooke’s ambitious, headstrong narrative in Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century. Through Holbrooke, Packer shares 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. With insight drawn from Holbrooke’s diaries and papers, Packer offers us an intimate narrative about this extraordinary and deeply flawed man and the elite spheres of society and government he inhabited.


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