Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century
The grant jury: Irreverent, fast-paced, and unfailingly rigorous, this is nonfiction writing that breaks new ground. In choosing to relate the staunchly accurate biography of an "almost-great man" from the point of view of a fictional narrator, George Packer has given himself many degrees of freedom not usually available to an authorized biographer. This masterly account reads like a literary novel of the highest order while providing an insightful look into the deeper nature of power and the lives of those who hold it. Packer realized that to tell the story of this giant of diplomacy, whose diaries reflect his involvement in three wars, was also to draw a map of our successes and failures. As Holbrooke, so America. He has created an enthralling nonfiction picaresque that offers incisive clues to the complexities this country faces today.