Magazine
Latest Issue

Our downturn

George Packer’s new book unconsciously exposes the failings of American liberalism

By Adam Kirsch   August 2013

Union men picketing Macy’s department store, New York in 1936 © Dorothea Lange

The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America by George Packer (Faber, £20)

In 2008, America and the world came closer to a Great Depression than at any moment since 1929. But where the 1930s produced some of the most cherished works of 20th century Americana—Steinbeck’s novel The Grapes of Wrath and the photographs of Walker Percy and Dorothea Lange, for instance—our Great Recession, as it’s come to be called, has not produced any comparable outpouring of…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to letters@prospect-magazine.co.uk

More From Prospect