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This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral - Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking! - in America's Gilded Capital | [Mark Leibovich]

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

The great thing about Washington is no matter how many elections you lose, how many times you're indicted, how many scandals you've been tainted by, well, the great thing is you can always eat lunch in that town again. What keeps the permanent government spinning on its carousel is the freedom of shamelessness, and that mother's milk of politics, cash. What Julia Phillips did for Hollywood, Timothy Crouse did for journalists, and Michael Lewis did for Wall Street, Mark Leibovich does for our nation's capital.
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Publisher's Summary

One of the nation's most acclaimed journalists, The New York Times' Mark Leibovich, presents a blistering, penetrating, jaw-dropping - and often hysterical - look at Washington’s incestuous "media industrial complex".

The great thing about Washington is no matter how many elections you lose, how many times you're indicted, how many scandals you've been tainted by, well, the great thing is you can always eat lunch in that town again. What keeps the permanent government spinning on its carousel is the freedom of shamelessness, and that mother's milk of politics, cash.

In Mark Leibovich’s remarkable look at the way things really work in D.C., a funeral for a beloved television star becomes the perfect networking platform, a disgraced political aide can emerge with more power than his boss, campaign losers befriend their vanquishers (and make more money than ever!), "conflict of interest" is a term lost in translation, political reporters are fetishized and worshipped for their ability to get one's name in print, and, well - we're all really friends, aren't we?

What Julia Phillips did for Hollywood, Timothy Crouse did for journalists, and Michael Lewis did for Wall Street, Mark Leibovich does for our nation's capital.

©2013 Mark Leibovich (P)2013 Penguin Audio

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    John S. Seattle, WA United States 08-07-13
    John S. Seattle, WA United States 08-07-13 Member Since 2005
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    "They're out of touch ... and how!"

    Another case where the author makes his point early, so the later part of the book are examples after we've already been convinced: the Beltway Bubble is far more insular (inbred) than I'd thought ... and I'm a jaded political junkie! An Old Boys' (mostly male, but there are Old Girls, too) Network of overpaid "consultants" living off of the presumed "connections" between lavish parties. Instead of trickle-down, money there circulates laterally.
    By the end of the first audio part I'd heard enough, so put the book aside, coming back later, which didn't help. Inside story of a Hill staffer didn't work for me, so I ended up fast-forwarding through much of it. Pace picks up for the final 1/3 or so with a portrait of Hillary Clinton, followed by an analysis of the role of the D. C. press corps in the 2012 campaign ("spin rooms" are a vestigial non-necessity). Romney fans might take offense that their candidate is usually referred by the author as Mittens.

    Overall, I found the tales of overpaid has-beens, and wanna-be's,a bit of a downer. Still, I thought it took guts for the author to write so honestly about folks he sees regularly. Recommended, though if you're looking for juicy details, there aren't really a lot. One point that stood out for me was Leibovich's regular mention of Tammy Haddad, a big party thrower (whom I'd not heard of before); seemed almost as though he feared she'd strike him from future guest lists if he didn't talk her up enough?

    Audio narration was very good.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Benedict SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 07-31-13
    Benedict SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 07-31-13 Member Since 2003

    Benedict

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    "Says what we already thought, but now with facts"

    We already have cynical views of perhaps every one of our politicians, particularly those who oppose our personal views.

    Now we can rest assured that politicians on "both sides of the aisle" are entirely cynical in their dealings with each other and particularly with the voters.

    In today's world, even a terrific loss can be "monetized" to the point that losers such as Generals McChrystal and Petraeus are far better off financially now after being fired from their jobs.

    The books is quite humorous, and I highly recommend it.

    The amounts of money involved here are extraordinary!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    James Los Angeles, CA, United States 07-30-13
    James Los Angeles, CA, United States 07-30-13 Member Since 2012
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    "This Town makes me want to change careers!"
    If you could sum up This Town in three words, what would they be?

    Intriguing, honest and fun


    What did you like best about this story?

    I hate to say this, but this book did for me what wall street did for so many back in the 1980s, it made me want to jump into the world he was warning us about! What a great read!


    What about Joe Barrett’s performance did you like?

    Cheesy, but the voices were great!


    If you could give This Town a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Prepare yourself for the truth that we always knew, but never wanted to confront.


    Any additional comments?

    LISTEN OR READ THIS BOOK, IT IS AWESOME!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Rochester, MN, United States 07-28-13
    Robert Rochester, MN, United States 07-28-13 Member Since 2007

    Just like you, I spend my money here and am not on any author's payroll :)

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    "Kick the bums OUT! But...to where?"

    Depressing but not surprising about how things really work in the United STATE of America...:( If you can handle the truth (and perhaps if you're lucky, positively act on it) this title is definitely worth a listen.

    One boo-boo in the performance that I have never encountered before in an audiobook: In Part II, Track 4, Chapter 10 of the book is repeated. Kinda threw me for a loop but fast forward to the next track when you get there and the performance moves on to Chapter 11...

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    TERESA United States 07-25-13
    TERESA United States 07-25-13 Member Since 2010

    Renaissance woman

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    "Depressing but informative"

    Why don't things seem to work in America any more? The author, a Washington insider, dishes on his friends and sources to provide this glimpse into the world of the privileged charged with the people's business. He reveals specifics of their concern with image, connection and fortune while ignoring the fate of our nation.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey A. Kelley Seattle 10-28-13
    Jeffrey A. Kelley Seattle 10-28-13 Member Since 2013
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    "This Town"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Overall this was a good story. Not that many revelations but well a thought out book. Clearly something has went off the tracks in Washington DC, it is also clear that the overriding cause is money and the role it plays in American politics Without regard to Party or philosophical leanings, money has corrupted for the most part everyone engaged in government.

    The other major issue as I see it is the press and their decision to walk away from actual reporting so as not to offend the ruling class and their corporate advertising clients. This book touches on this problem. For the most part, authors have been unwilling to point out their own role in the disintegration of American politics.

    I'm a person that tries to read at least 4 news papers every day and have been doing so for some time and have witnessed this problem gradually manifest itself. It has been like the example of a frog in a pot of water on the stove. Unfortunately more and more people get their news from Comedy Central rather than the 6 PM news. Part of this has to do with the shot callers at networks and Editors of newspapers promoting news casters and print journalist based on reasons other than their journalistic ability. This has resulted in the dumbing down of content, I'm not sure if this is done for the audience or the walking haircuts now considered journalist. Another factor has been sites like Politico that turns politics into a celebrity game show like US or People is for movie stars. Politics should be treated different than Hollywood. The author does just that in this book and that is why I am recommending it.

    Would I recommend it? yes


    Would you be willing to try another book from Mark Leibovich? Why or why not?

    Yes, I thought he was good author.


    What about Joe Barrett’s performance did you like?

    Yes, flawless.


    Did This Town inspire you to do anything?

    It actually made me more despondent in regards to the ruling elites of both Parties.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first Audible book. The presenter did a great job but I still like books better for some reason.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sand Tampa, FL, United States 10-23-13
    Sand Tampa, FL, United States 10-23-13 Member Since 2006

    So...you're telling me I can pay people to read books to me whilst I do other things?

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    "Funny? Breezy? I wish"

    Ok yes, it's a little bit dishy and gossipy--that's how you get a book published--but I get the sense Leibovich--an intrenched NYT correspondent-- pretty much burned his bridges to write some of the stuff that's in here.
    I downloaded this the day it came out and am honestly astonished there hasn't been more outrage. Seems like Leibovich is trying to make an important point, but obviously the majority of readers are missing it. (Maybe because they're all trying to figure out if they're in the book, or know someone who is?)

    I've long talked others in DC who confirm what he's saying . The ruling class in DC is cashing out and "riding it down in style". In other words, they know the plane is going to crash, but not in their lifetime...hopefully...so, yeah, whatever.

    Please listen to this book. Yes, its very funny and entertaining--Leibovich is skilled writer--but it also reveals a capital that every US citizen should be aware of.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    laconfidential Beverly Hills, CA 09-06-13
    laconfidential Beverly Hills, CA 09-06-13 Member Since 2012

    Sharply Opinionated Know-it-all. Curious beyond healthy. Gallows Humor. Election Coverage Junkie. Hollywood Insider.

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    "Leibovich is Voice of the Peephole"

    Leibovich lovingly lambasts This Town's most prominent insiders and inside outers - while copping to his own complicity as a member of The Club.

    As both muckraker and media muck, the vet journalist exposes the success of excess so superbly, the listener is compelled to laugh even as his stomach churns.

    Joe Barrett's narration is excellent - most appreciated when he voiced famous people - never mimicking - but "suggesting" a subject's unique vocal qualities.

    Barrett also understood the humor - and when to push or let it ride.

    The total effect is one of both knowing and utter disbelief that our nation's capital seduces even the most well-intentioned with the siren song of greed.

    Hail to the Thief.






    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Combermere, Ontario, Canada 09-02-13
    Gary Combermere, Ontario, Canada 09-02-13 Member Since 2013
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    "breezy, hilarious tour of DC"
    What made the experience of listening to This Town the most enjoyable?

    The use of actual events to illustrate the incestuous, incredible vanities at play in the capital.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Mark Leibovich's informed sarcasm. LOL.


    Have you listened to any of Joe Barrett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Barrett, who fronts dozens of Audible's best reads, has never been better. I can think of many, many authors who read their own material, who should defer to this pro.


    Any additional comments?

    My fave audiobook of the last 30.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Edo Hirosaki, Japan 08-26-13
    Edo Hirosaki, Japan 08-26-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Interesting Peek Behind the Political Curtain"

    Leibovich provides an interesting look into the world of politics in Washington, D.C. with the perspective of an insider who's usually an observer of those who wield the power. The story flowed well and did a very good job of explaining how everything and everyone in D.C. are (incestuously?) related and connected. For political junkies and lovers of the TV Series, The West Wing, this book will provide a thrill that shows what makes Washington tick.

    Definitely worth reading if you're interested in American politics!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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