Colin Powell is likely to be remembered by historians as an inspirational, successful, compelling, but also a tragic American military and political leader. The child of Jamaican immigrants, Powell was an indifferent student at City College of New York.
George Packer, a staff writer for The Atlantic and award-winning author of several non-fiction books, is one of the most penetrating, persuasive, and important writers in the United States. He is consistently fair-minded, skeptical, and willing to challenge political orthodoxy and conventional wisdom. He wrote a remarkable book about the Iraq War, a probing biography of Richard Holbrooke, and a stunning account of the economic and social unraveling of America’s middle class.