PDF George Packer ß ß Our Man Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American

From one of America’s greatest non fiction writers an epic saga of the rise and fall of American power from Vietnam to Afghanistan told through the life of one manWINNER OF THE LOS ANGELES TIMES BIOGRAPHY PRIZE 2019FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS 2020Richard Holbrooke was one of the most legendary and complicated figures in recent American history Brilliant utterly self absorbed and possessed of almost inhuman energy and appetites he was both admired and detested From his days as a young adviser in Vietnam to his last efforts to end the war in Afghanistan Holbrooke embodied the postwar American impulse to take the lead on the global stage 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 But his sharp elbows and tireless self promotion ensured that he never rose to the highest levels in government that he so desperately coveted Holbrooke’s story is the story of the rise and fall 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 Drawing on Holbrooke’s diaries and papers George Packer’s narrative 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 inhabitedA GUARDIAN FINANCIAL TIMES SPECTATOR BOOK OF THE YEAR From one of America’s greatest non fiction writers an epic saga of the rise and fall of American power from Vietnam to Afghanistan told through the life of one manWINNER OF THE LOS ANGELES TIMES BIOGRAPHY PRIZE 2019FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS 2020Richard Holbrooke was one of the most legendary and complicated figures in recent American history Brilliant utterly self absorbed and possessed of almost inhuman energy and appetites he was both admired and detested From his days as a young adviser in Vietnam to his last efforts to end the war in Afghanistan Holbrooke embodied the postwar American impulse to take the lead on the global stage 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 But his sharp elbows and tireless self promotion ensured that he never rose to the highest levels in government that he so desperately coveted Holbrooke’s story is the story of the rise and fall 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 Drawing on Holbrooke’s diaries and papers George Packer’s narrative 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 inhabitedA GUARDIAN FINANCIAL TIMES SPECTATOR BOOK OF THE YEAR From one of America’s greatest non fiction writers an epic saga of the rise and fall of American power from Vietnam to Afghanistan told through the life of one manWINNER OF THE LOS ANGELES TIMES BIOGRAPHY PRIZE 2019FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS 2020Richard Holbrooke was one of the most legendary and complicated figures in recent American history Brilliant utterly self absorbed and possessed of almost inhuman energy and appetites he was both admired and detested From his days as a young adviser in Vietnam to his last efforts to end the war in Afghanistan Holbrooke embodied the postwar American impulse to take the lead on the global stage 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 But his sharp elbows and tireless self promotion ensured that he never rose to the highest levels in government that he so desperately coveted Holbrooke’s story is the story of the rise and fall 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 Drawing on Holbrooke’s diaries and papers George Packer’s narrative 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 inhabitedA GUARDIAN FINANCIAL TIMES SPECTATOR BOOK OF THE YEAR