George Packer is a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author ofThe Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq, which received several prizes and was named one of the ten best books of 2005 byThe New York Times Book Review. He is also the author of two novels,The Half Man and Central Square, and two other works of nonfiction,Blood of the Liberals, which won the 2001 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, andThe Village of Waiting. His play, Betrayed, ran off-Broadway for five months in 2008 and won the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play. His recent books includeInteresting Times: Writings from a Turbulent Decade. He lives in Brooklyn.