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Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century by [Packer, George]
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Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century Kindle Edition

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"Portrays Holbrooke in all of his endearing and exasperating self-willed glory... Both a sweeping diplomatic history and a Shakespearean tragicomedy… Our Man not only revitalizes but in some ways reinvents the art of journalistic biography… If you could read only one book to comprehend America’s foreign policy and its quixotic forays into quicksands over the past 50 years, this would be it." (Walter Isaacson New York Times)

"Outstanding... Our Man is one of the most fascinating dissections of US power – its strengths and serious weaknesses – I’ve read." (Steve Bloomfield The Guardian)

"Holbrooke in all his capacious brilliance and arrogance has been captured by George Packer… [Our Man] is, I strongly feel, a classic." (Richard Cohen Washington Post)

"You may ask yourself, is it worth one of the best American non-fiction writers producing a book of just under 600 pages on an arrogant and abrasive egotist whose highest sustained rank in the State Department was that of a lowly assistant secretary? The answer is unabashedly yes. This is a remarkable work about a remarkable, if deeply flawed, statesman whose career was intimately intertwined with the 50 years of American decline from Vietnam to Afghanistan. Nearly all biographies have long, boring stretches you want to skip. This one has none… A fascinating and compulsive read." (Jonathan Powell Spectator)

"Our Man is a great, exuberant read, gossipy and thoughtful, about a remarkable American diplomat who tried to place himself at the heart of some of the bloodiest, most intractable wars of our age: Vietnam, Bosnia and Afghanistan… Packer displays his talents as a master of narrative reconstruction." (Roger Boyes The Times)

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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 man.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 42452 KB
  • Print Length: 588 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (9 May 2019)
  • Sold by: PRH UK
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B07L48KX36
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #135,013 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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