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This Town

Two Parties and A Funeral--plus, Plenty of Valet Parking!--in America's Gilded Capital
Leibovich, Mark (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
This Town


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"A book about contemporary political culture in Washington, DC"--
Authors: Leibovich, Mark
Statement of Responsibility: Mark Leibovich
Title: This town
two parties and a funeral--plus, plenty of valet parking!--in America's gilded capital
Characteristics: 386 pages ;,24 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
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Report This Apr 11, 2014
  • dgutkind rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Great book and very interesting. The key flaw is that while Leibovich is criticizing the Washington culture the entire time for being too self-obsessed and self-promoting, he is basically doing the same thing himself, using nicknames and name-dropping to show that he is as much a part of This Town as anyone he's criticizing.

Report This Nov 24, 2013
  • wac6 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Makes you miss Tim Russert.

Report This Nov 05, 2013
  • Memawrayne rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Wish we could send off W. D.. C to some planet and they they would leave us alone. Very discouraged about all the politicking that goes on and the self-interest.

Report This Oct 09, 2013
  • calvoer rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“This Town” reads as if you are sitting on the author’s shoulder as he gossips at the corner bar with colleagues. He’s chatty, irreverent, sarcastic, and brilliantly funny as he tosses around media-insider nicknames for the “media-politico industrial complex,” mostly without any particular malice. Outright phonies do not fare well. He charts the careers of dozens of players, but keeps coming back to the theme of Washington DC being a place where the same 500 people constantly repurpose themselves as they pursue bigger and bigger jackpots of cash. I think the book works best for readers who have followed the political scene closely on cable TV and the internet. I was unfamiliar with many of the less famous people he writes about and skipped some passages for lack of interest. All in all, though, a fascinating read.

Under a guise of humor Leibovich puts the knife into all. Two chapters and I closed the book.

Report This Aug 01, 2013
  • bbb1771 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Well written insights into the self serving bubble of Washington, DC. Puts the sound bites and faces from the evening news into a different and unflattering light.

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