Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century

Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century Review

Richard Holbrooke was brilliant, utterly self-absorbed, and possessed of almost inhuman energy and appetites. Admired and detested, he was the force behind the Dayton Accords that ended the Balkan wars, America's greatest diplomatic achievement in the post-Cold War era. His power lay in an utter belief in himself and his idea of a muscular, generous foreign policy. From his days as a young adviser in Vietnam to his last efforts to end the war in Afghanistan, Holbrooke embodied the postwar American impulse to take the lead on the global stage. But his sharp elbows and tireless self-promotion ensured that he never rose to the highest levels in government that he so desperately coveted. His story is thus the story of America during its era of supremacy: its strength, drive, and sense of possibility, as well as its penchant for overreach and heedless self-confidence.

In Our Man, drawn from Holbrooke's diaries and papers, we are given a nonfiction narrative that is both intimate and epic in its revelatory portrait of this extraordinary and deeply flawed man and the elite spheres of society and government he inhabited.

Title:Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century
Edition Language:English

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  • Murtaza

    This is a fitting elegy to an iconic statesman of the late-American empire, but it is also a book about the virtues and flaws of the United States during its brief period as lone superpower. George Pa...

  • Aagave

    Our Man is a warts-and-all bio of Richard Holbrooke, of one of the few modern diplomats who understood American power through the lenses of both Wilsonian moralism and Kissingerian Realpolitik.I loved...

  • Steven Z.

    Perhaps the most colorful and able diplomat in American history has been Richard Holbrooke. The possessor of an irascible personality who was not the most popular individual with colleagues and presid...

  • Mehrsa

    I read this book right when it came out and then I read all the reviews and the hype and I guess I don't get the hype. The book is really well-written and Packer's insights are fully loaded, hilarious...

  • Patrick Brown

    This was fun, but not quite what I hoped it would be. I liked the tone a lot. It was interesting to read this and Directorate S in the same year. Lots of Holbrooke! I think I'm done reading about Holb...

  • Marks54

    George Packer has written a 600 page biography of Richard Holbrooke. Who is he? He is the guy who led the diplomatic effort that stopped the genocidal civil war in Bosnia that culminated in the Dayton...

  • Jane

    I couldn't put this down. I encountered Holbrooke from a distance when he was SRAP. No matter what he told others, he seemed to love having his office off the busiest corridor and the most important m...

  • Joseph V

    “Holbrooke? Yes, I knew him. I can’t get his voice out of my head.”That narrator’s voice is George Packer’s opening gambit, his way of saying in the first few sentences, “I know what you t...

  • Toni

    So much thought, so little inwardness I was initially reluctant to read Our Man as I am a bit tired of the “great statesman” biographies, many that tend to fall either in the realm of overly fawn...

  • Andie

    There is so much good to say about Richard Holbrooke, and also so much that is bad.. He negotiated the Dayton Accords that ended the awful slaughter in the former country known as Yugoslavia, he badge...