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Our Man

Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century
Auteur(s): George Packer
Narrateur(s): Joe Barrett
Durée: 20 h et 11 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (8 évaluations)

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"Portrays Holbrooke in all of his endearing and exasperating self-willed glory.... Both a sweeping diplomatic history and a Shakespearean tragicomedy.... If you could read one book to comprehend American's foreign policy and its quixotic forays into quicksands over the past 50 years, this would be it." (Walter Isaacson, The New York Times Book Review)

"By the end of the second page, maybe the third, you will be hooked.... There never was a diplomat-activist quite like [Holbrooke], and there seldom has been a book quite like this - sweeping and sentimental, beguiling and brutal, catty and critical, much like the man himself." (David M. Shribman, The Boston Globe)

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. 

©2019 George Packer (P)2019 Random House Audio

Ce que les critiques en disent

"Absorbing… Students of recent world history and of American power, hard and soft, will find this an endlessly fascinating study of character and events." (Kirkus, starred review)

"A portrait of the entirety of the man - not just his public life, but also his private motivations. Holbrooke was always vocal about the need for the United States to show ambition in using its power in service of its values. Packer shows that this idea was connected to, and ultimately inseparable from, Holbrooke’s lifelong ambition to win recognition for personally wielding power and shaping events, even at the expense of his relationships with friends, colleagues, and family." (Foreign Policy)

"Stunning.... If you’re one of the dozens of people running for president, the book is probably the best guide you can find to navigating a transitional moment in American leadership and foreign policy. For the rest of us, it’s a gripping read, and a sad one." (Ben Smith, BuzzFeed News) 

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Great narrator!

This is the story of the life of a civil servant who never quite grabs the gold ring for various reasons...close but no cigar to mix my metaphors. I probably would have DNF'd on more than one occasion if not for the superb narration of Joe Barrett who always kept the story interesting.

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  • Chencheno111
  • 2019-06-24

A riveting story about an imperfect diplomat

A great book for those interested in the role of the USA in the 20th Century. The voice, cadence and rhythm of narrator Joe Barrett really added to this audible version. George Packer has a rare skill to unpack personality, history and psychology into a thoroughly enjoyable book. The arch from Vietnam to Bosnia, to Afghanistan describes the role that Dick Holbrooke played in the "American Century"

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-05-18

A five star experience on a great problem solver

Moving, raw and very informative on Presidents Clinton and Obama. Excellent narator and biography on a difficult but brilliant man.

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  • CB
  • 2019-06-23

Good although parts boring.. could have been great

Good book / bio / history, cultural commentary, etc. Interesting barratorial p.o.v. which unfortunately didn't quite 'gel.' When it worked it was great. Not sure what the problem was. Maybe the personal friend narrator p.o.v. suffers from inevitable comparison with great literary ones. The narrator's voice is great, but pace (non-stop) almost ruins the intimacy. The writer, too, jams so many facts in that it tends to overburden the form.
At times lyrical. Could have been alot better.
May try reading the book in order to control pace and skip some of the too many details.

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  • Au global
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  • Chris Garrett
  • 2019-11-10

Story telling at its finest...

I was mesmerized by the audio version. Packer's retelling of history was absolutely fascinating. I could not stop listening. Parts of it had me laughing out loud. Holbrooke was a gifted and inspired larger than life character with larger than life brokenness. Following his life was like following the history of the United States since the 1960s. It is a potent reminder that history is made not just but great men and women, but men and women with character flaws, feelings, and vulnerabilities. The narrator does a perfect job in bringing the text to life.

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  • Peter Vandevanter
  • 2019-11-08

Our man is not our man, after all

This biography makes a good case for thwarted ambition as Vietnam took its toll among the state department, too.

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  • roger
  • 2019-09-20

Classic Tragic Near-Great Man

Engaging story of Richard Holbrooke is very well researched and very illuminating about diplomatic efforts to end the conflicts in the Balkans. By the time the story reaches Holbrooke’s fruitless efforts to pull a rabbit out of the Afghanistan-Pakistan hat, his life is increasingly tragic. Might benefit from an abridged audio edition.

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  • John Nelson
  • 2019-09-02

Riveting Story!

Never expected such a riveting and enthralling book on modern US foreign policy. Yes Holbrooke's “bull in china shop” personality and career warrants such an interesting book though George Packer goes the extra mile in covering many aspects of US foreign policy since the Vietnam War (when Holbrooke started his career) up to the Obama administration in such a way that you just can’t stop listening / reading. Fascinating to learn about Holbrooke’s life in all the nitty-gritty details. For a man that accomplished so much in diplomacy, it's amazing to see how undiplomatic he was throughout his life. Not a surprise that he didn’t win the Nobel Peace Prize, though he definitely deserved it. Incredible read!

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  • PortD
  • 2019-08-06

A distinct accent and style

Not easy to listen to this guy and his accent and emphasis I gave up

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  • IBH
  • 2019-07-14

Haunting

I didn’t know much about Holbrooke, I’m too young to have known of him in Vietnam, and while I recall hearing about him frequently on the news about Bosnia and Pakistan after that, I never really understood who he was. That’s kind of the story the book and of Holbrooke, a man who wanted greatness, but fell short. After listening to this book, I feel that those blanks in my education have been corrected.

Packer is harsh in some ways, making it difficult to understand how Holbrooke did as well as he did, and yet it’s a sympathetic portrait too.

In the end it left me unsettled; many of us fail to achieve all our goals, but few have goals as lofty as Holbrooke. I’m not sure if that says more about him, or the rest of us.

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  • George W. Breslauer
  • 2019-07-10

Packer + Barrett = fabulous combo

Packer is a consummate story-teller. Barrett is a terrific narrator. Holbrooke’s is a gripping story of a life of frustration in trying to achieve both personal glory and a turnaround in US foreign policy.