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George Packer

George Packer

George is a staff writer for The New Yorker, where he writes about foreign affairs, American politics, and books. He is the author of The Assassins’ Gate: America in Iraq, which received several prizes and was named one of the ten best books of 2005 by The New York Times Book Review. He is also the author of two novels, The Half Man and Central Square, and two works of non-fiction, The Village of Waiting and Blood of the Liberals, which won the 2001 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. He is the editor of a new two-volume edition of Orwell’s essays. His first play, “Betrayed,” based on a New Yorker article, won the Lucille Lortel Award for outstanding Off Broadway play in 2008. A collection of his essays, Interesting Times: Writings from a Turbulent Decade, will be published in November 2009.

Stories by the author

Last Saturday night, in Baghdad, my friend Ammar al-Shahbander went to hear a concert sponsored by a local civic group. It was the kind of request - a fun way to support life going on in Iraq - that he didn’t tend to refuse. (Photo: Ammar Al Shahbander)
George Packer
7 May 15
Ammar al-Shahbander gave his life to two causes that are never for the faint of heart – Iraq’s future, and the freedom to think and write.