P&P Live! George Packer — LAST BEST HOPE - with Franklin Foer

Upcoming Event
Wednesday, June 16, 2021 - 8:00pm

In the year 2020, Americans suffered one rude blow after another to their health, livelihoods, and collective self-esteem. A ruthless pandemic, an inept and malign government response, polarizing protests, and an election marred by conspiracy theories left many citizens in despair about their country and its democratic experiment. With pitiless precision, the year exposed the nation’s underlying conditions—discredited elites, weakened institutions, blatant inequalities—and how difficult they are to remedy.

In Last Best HopeGeorge Packer traces the shocks back to their sources. He explores the four narratives that now dominate American life: Free America, which imagines a nation of separate individuals and serves the interests of corporations and the wealthy; Smart America, the world view of Silicon Valley and the professional elite; Real America, the white Christian nationalism of the heartland; and Just America, which sees citizens as members of identity groups that inflict or suffer oppression.

Packer will be in conversation with Franklin Foer, a staff writer at The Atlantic and the author of World Without Mind and How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization.

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P&P Live!
Washington, DC 20008
Non Fiction
Last Best Hope: America in Crisis and Renewal Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374603663
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - June 15th, 2021

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