George Packer

George Packer became a staff writer for The New Yorker in 2003. His book The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq, was named one of the 10 best books of 2005 by The New York Times and won the New York Public Library's Helen Bernstein Book Award. In 2003, he was awarded two Overseas Press Club awards, one for his examination of the difficulties faced during the occupation and reconstruction of Iraq, and the other for his coverage of the civil war in Sierra Leone.

Packer is also the author of Interesting Times: Writings from a Turbulent Decade, The Village of Waiting and Blood of the Liberals, the novels The Half Man and Central Square, and The Unwinding, his newest, published in May 2013. His play Betrayed, based on a New Yorker article, ran in Manhattan for five months in 2008 and won the Lucille Lortel Award for best off-Broadway play.

Packer has served in the Peace Corps, in Togo, West Africa, and was a 2001-02 Guggenheim Fellow. He has written for many publications, including The New York Times Magazine, Dissent, Mother Jones and Harper's, and has taught writing at Harvard, Bennington, and Columbia. He is a graduate of Yale University.