George Packer (born August 13, 1960) is an American 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. More recently, he wrote The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America, covering the history of America from 1978 to 2012. That book won the National Book Award for Nonfiction in November 2013.
Packer was born in Santa Clara, California. Packer's parents, Nancy (née Huddleston) and Herbert Packer, were both academics at Stanford University. His maternal grandfather was George Huddleston, Sr., a congressman from Alabama. His uncle, George Huddleston, Jr., was also a congressman from Alabama in the mid-twentieth century. His sister, Ann Packer, also is a writer. His father was Jewish and his mother was from a Christian background. He is married to Laura Secor and previously was married to Michele Millon.
Graduated from Yale College in 1982, Packer resided at Calhoun College. He served in the Peace Corps in Togo...
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