Last Best Hope

Last Best Hope

America in Crisis and Renewal


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What happened to America? Is there still hope?

We have arrived at a critical moment in American history. The United States is divided, its democracy is shaken. But all is not lost.

The remarkable fruit of two decades of research, Last Best Hope is a riveting, urgent, clear-sighted analysis of how America got here, and how it can move forward. It presents a hopeful vision for a radical reform of American life - one that enables meaningful change, via policy, legislation, executive action, civic activism, scholarship and the media. Drawing on the best of American history - what once made it great - without being trapped in the past, Last Best Hope dares America to step into a new and better era.

The thrilling new work from one of America's most incisive thinkers, Last Best Hope is a modern classic of political and societal commentary.

'One of the most talented non-fiction writers in the US.' FINANCIAL TIMES *BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2019*

'Arguably the most renowned American journalist of his generation.' LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS

© George Packer 2021 (P) Penguin Audio 2021


  • In the great tradition of Richard Hofstadter, but with a reporter's eye, George Packer has given us a thoughtful and ultimately hopeful book about crisis and opportunity.
    Jon Meacham, author of His Truth Is Marching On and The Soul of America

About the author

George Packer

George Packer is a staff writer for the Atlantic and a former staff writer for the New Yorker. He is the author of The Unwinding: Thirty Years of American Decline, which was a New York Times bestseller and won a National Book Award. His other nonfiction books include The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq, Blood of the Liberals, which won the 2001 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, and Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century, which won the Los Angeles Times Biography Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Awards. He has also written two novels, The Half Man and Central Square. His writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Mother Jones, Harper's, and other publications. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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