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      Our Man
      Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century

      by George Packer

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      • Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
      • Awards: National Book Critics Circle Award Nominee for Biography (2019)
      • Author: George Packer
      • ISBN: 9780307958020 (0307958027)
      • Format: hardcover, 608 pages
      • Genres: biography, history, politics, war, american
      • Release date: May 7, 2019
      • Language: english

      About The Book

      Richard Holbrooke was brilliant, utterly self-absorbed, and possessed of almost inhuman energy and appetites. Admired and detested, 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. 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. But his sharp elbows and tireless self-promotion ensured that he never rose to the highest levels in government that he so desperately coveted. His story is thus 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.

      In Our Man, drawn from Holbrooke’s diaries and papers, we are given a nonfiction narrative that 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 inhabited.

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