This Town

This Town

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

eBook - 2013
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Washington funerals can make great networking opportunities. Disgraced Hill aides can overcome ignominy and emerge with a more potent "brand" than many elected members of Congress. There are no Democrats and Republicans anymore in the nation's capital, just millionaires. That is the grubby secret of the place in the twenty-first century: no matter how many elections you lose, apologies you make, or scandals you endure, Washington is the nexus of big politics, big money, big media, and big vanity.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Penguin Group US, 2013.
ISBN: 9781101611081
1101611081
Characteristics: 1 online resource (400 pages)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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PCimba
Oct 07, 2014

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.

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Bill_R
Jul 15, 2014

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

dgutkind Apr 11, 2014

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.

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wac6
Nov 24, 2013

Makes you miss Tim Russert.

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Memawrayne
Nov 05, 2013

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.

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calvoer
Oct 09, 2013

“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.

beebee40 Sep 30, 2013

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

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bbb1771
Aug 01, 2013

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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