Reviews

  • "Portrays Holbrooke in all of his endearing and exasperating self-willed glory... Both a sweeping diplomatic history and a Shakespearean tragicomedy… Our Man not only revitalizes but in some ways reinvents the art of journalistic biography… If you could read only one book to comprehend America’s foreign policy and its quixotic forays into quicksands over the past 50 years, this would be it."

    Walter Isaacson, New York Times
  • "Rarely in recent years has a work of non-fiction so clearly, ruthlessly, compassionately shown such a prominent person’s life from the inside out. It is a masterwork about diplomacy, government and the world."

    Anand Giridharadas, Guardian, *Books of the Year*
  • "Holbrooke in all his capacious brilliance and arrogance has been captured by George Packer… [Our Man] is, I strongly feel, a classic."

    Washington Post
  • "Outstanding... Our Man is one of the most fascinating dissections of US power – its strengths and serious weaknesses – I’ve read."

    The Guardian
  • "Packer is one of the most talented non-fiction writers in the US. In his hands, a biography of a diplomat who never quite made it to the top becomes a history of modern America’s entanglement with the world."

    Gideon Rachman, Financial Times, *Books of the Year*