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This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral -- Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking! -- In America's Gilded Capitalby Mark Leibovich
At the intersection of politics, media, and money, Leibovich's scathing, funny, and sometimes shocking tell-all offers an insider's glimpse of who's who in our nation's capital. You'll never look at D.C. the same way again.
This Town pulls back the curtain on the politicians and journalists who call Washington D.C. home, as well as the PACs and lobbyists who influence, manipulate, and sometimes outright own them. At turns hilarious, insightful, maddening, and shocking, Leibovich's book proves equal parts exposé, satire, and first-rate journalism. From gossip and scandal to political profiles and revelations, there is every bit as much for the political naif to enjoy in This Town as the political junky.
Synopses & Reviews
Hailed as vastly entertaining and deeply troubling” (The New York Times Book Review), as insidery as Game Change” (The Washington Post), and a hysterically funny portrait of the capitals vanities and ambitions” (The New Yorker), This Town captured Americas attention as the political book of 2013. With a new Afterword by author Mark Leibovich, the book that is changing the national conversation about Washington is available in a stunning new edition.
Washington, D.C., might be loathed from every corner of the nation, yet these are fun and busy days at this nexus of big politics, big money, big media, and big vanity. There are no Democrats and Republicans anymore in the nation's capital, just millionaires. In This Town, Mark Leibovich, chief national correspondent for the New York Times Magazine, presents a blistering, stunning — and often hysterically funny — examination of our ruling class's incestuous media industrial complex.” Through his eyes, we discover how the funeral for a beloved newsman becomes the social event of the year. How political reporters are fetishized for their ability to get their names into the predawn e-mail sent out by the city's most powerful and puzzled-over journalist. How a disgraced Hill aide can overcome ignominy and maybe emerge with a more potent brand” than many elected members of Congress. And how an administration bent on changing Washington” can be sucked into the ways of This Town with the same ease with which Tea Party insurgents can, once elected, settle into it like a warm bath.
Outrageous, fascinating, and very necessary, This Town is a must-read, whether you're inside the Beltway — or just trying to get there.
"In addition to his reporting talents, Leibovich is a writer of excellent zest. At times his book is laugh-out-loud (as well as weep-out-loud). He is an exuberant writer, even as his reporting leaves one reaching for Xanax...[This Town] is vastly entertaining and deeply troubling." Christopher Buckley, The New York Times Book Review
"It's been the summer of This Town. What lingers from This Town is what will linger in Washington well after its current dinosaurs are extinct: the political culture owned by big money." Frank Rich, New York Magazine
"Many decades from now, a historian looking at where America lost its way could use This Town as a primary source." Fareed Zakaria
"Here it is, Washington in all its splendid, sordid glory...[Leibovich] seems to wear those special glasses that allow you to x-ray the outside and see what's really going on. Start to finish, this is a brilliant portrait — pointillist, you might say, or modern realist. So brilliant that once it lands on a front table at Politics & Prose Leibovich will never be able to have lunch in this town again. There are also important insights tucked in among the barbs....So here's to all the big mouths, big shots, big machers, and big jerks. In case you're wondering, Mark Leibovich is on to every one of you, and his portrayal of This Town is spot on." David Shribman, The New York Times
The #1 national bestseller, Mark Leibovich's This Town, now in paperback — with a new Introduction by the author.
About the Author
Mark Leibovich is the New York Times Magazine's chief national correspondent, based in Washington, D.C. He is the author of The New Imperialists, a collection of profiles on technology pioneers. Leibovich lives with his family in Washington.
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