Writings from a Turbulent Decade
By George Packer
411 pp Farrar, Straus, and Giroux $28.00
A wise man once said, “American exceptionalism has pervaded U.S. politics since 1776.” George Packer analyzes that thought in Interesting Times, a collection of essays which have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Boston Globe, Dissent, and Mother Jones. Packer bookends his ruminations with the two signal events of the naughts: the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in 2001, and the election of Barack Obama in 2008.