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THE UNWINDING: INNER HISTORY OF THE NEW AMERICA -- GEORGE PACKER George Packer's book The Unwinding reads like a modern family history of wealth in America. By Packer's estimation, the "second generation" started to peter out in the 1970s; by the early 1980s, as the crack epidemic began to sweep the inner cities at the same time that looser regulations started to sweep Wall Street, the wealth of America started to unwind. Today, with phrases like "jobless recovery" still being used to describe the economy, even the most optimistic observers are forced to wonder if America should now be classified a has-been, a country that sustains itself on the memory of its greatness rather than on its actual merits. In telling the story of America's "unwinding," he doesn't state his own opinions about the matter too blatantly, preferring instead to rely upon the personal narratives of individual Americans to paint his portrait of what went wrong. He provides intimate, exclusive profiles of fascinating characters such as: • Jeff Connaughton, a former Senate adviser to current Vice President Joe Biden. Connaughton left Capitol Hill to blow the whistle on the tactics Wall Street uses to control Congress and block any meaningful regulation and reform. • Colin Powell, former Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs • Jay-Z, Grammy Award-winning rapper • Dean Price, a struggling biofuels entrepreneur • Sam Walton, the founder of Wal-Mart Through it all, Packer expertly weaves them together to document the decay of social structures and institutions that began in the 1960s and that has carried through to the present day. This "unwinding" has created greater freedoms in certain ways but has also made life in America more uncertain than ever before. Gazing at America's past four decades through the eyes of the many "characters" Packer has selected, the reader is left with an uneasy feeling that things in the United States, at least for the working class and middle class, are destined to get worse before they get better. FROM START-TO-FINISH IN JUST 20 MINUTES! Here's your chapter-by-chapter guide to George Packer's The Unwinding that you can start and finish right now!