This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral--Plus Plenty of Valet Parking!--in America's Gilded Capital

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Penguin, Jul 16, 2013 - Political Science - 416 pages
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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. Through the eyes of Leibovich 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 highway which encircles DC - or just trying to get there.

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A snarky, gossipy, name dropping tale of that crazy little town, D.C. This book only helps to emphasize the fact that our government is an screwed up mess with a cast of characters worthy of the most ... Read full review

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If you needed any reason to be cynical about American politics--especially nationally--then Mark Leibovich's This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral -- plus plenty of valet parking! -- in America's ... Read full review


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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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