This Town

Two Parties and A Funeral--plus, Plenty of Valet Parking!--in America's Gilded Capital

Leibovich, Mark

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
This Town
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.

Publisher: New York :, Blue Rider Press,, [2013]
ISBN: 9780399161308
Branch Call Number: 306.2097 L
Characteristics: 386 pages ; 24 cm


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Oct 07, 2014
  • PCimba rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

As a former (and sometimes current) Washingtonian, I can say Leibovich hits the nail on the head and makes us laugh (and cringe) all through the book. May be too "inside the Beltway" for some readers. If you don't know the term "inside the Beltway" this book may not be for you. But give it a try - you'll know right off the bat, if it's for you. If it is, it will keep you entertained right to the end. Not a novel. You may want to watch (the US version of) "House of Cards" first and save "This Town" for some intellectual comic/dramatic relief afterwards.

Jul 15, 2014
  • Bill_R rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

The egos, greed and arrogance of Wash DC were amusing for a while but finally became depressing.

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.

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

Makes you miss Tim Russert.

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.

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.

Sep 30, 2013

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

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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