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Cover of THE ASSASSIN'S GATE
12.16.05
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George Packer
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As the Iraqi elections take place, David Brancaccio talks with journalist George Packer about his new book THE ASSASSINS' GATE: AMERICA IN IRAQ and how his opinions on the war in Iraq have shifted over time.

George Packer

George Packer has been a staff writer for THE NEW YORKER since May 2003. In addition to his coverage of Iraq, he has written on the atrocities committed in Sierra Leone, civil unrest in the Ivory Coast, and the Al-Jazeera satellite news channel. Packer was awarded two Overseas Press Club awards for his work in 2003, one for his Iraq coverage and the other for his reporting on the civil war in Sierra Leone.

Packer, a 2001-2002 Guggenheim Fellow, has contributed articles, essays, and reviews on foreign affairs, American politics, and literature to THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE, DISSENT, MOTHER JONES, HARPER's, and other publications. He has taught writing at Harvard, Sarah Lawrence, Bennington, and Columbia. Packer is the author of THE VILLAGE OF WAITING about his experience in Africa. His book BLOOD OF THE LIBERALS” won the 2001 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. He has also written two novels, THE HALF MAN and CENTRAL SQUARE.

Packer was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay area. After graduating from Yale in 1982, he served in the Peace Corps in Togo, West Africa. He lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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