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
The idea was intriguing but the execution was too much about the author who wasn't that compelling. No context.
It was too much about him.
I cannot recall
It's good for casual reading. I prefer long stuff.
I would recommend checking this one out of the library or shopping remainders where it probably is by now
The author is clearly writing from first person and he just as clearly isn't making any of this up. It'd just be too weird to be fiction.
Somewhere near the end of the first book, I thought, "Sweet Jesus...there's more?" And I just couldn't go on. Bad enough I found myself driving along whispering, "The horror...the horror" as the first book played out.
Something fictional. Likely with magic. Where bad guys are clearly marked by their black robes, bad haircuts, and evil laughs. And where said bad guys get beheaded on a regular basis. Seriously need a palate cleanse.
The old, wily congressman saying that he really did think it was important to remember peoples' birthdays and anniversaries. That was so perversely endearing.
Yes; and it was worth knowing when to stop.
BEING ABLE TO RESUME LISTENING AFTER THE FIRST 5 HOUR SEGMENT. WOULD NOT OPERATE AFTER THAT POINT, DESPITE MULTIPLE ATTEMPTS.
WILL LET YOU KNOW IF I EVER GET A CHANCE TO LISTEN TO THE WHOLE WORK.
ENHANCE YOUR TECH SUPPORT. 30 MINUTE WAIT TIMES WON'T GET IT DONE IN THE 21ST CENTURY.
"This Town" is a guilty pleasure that reveals the similarities between the daily doings of Big Government in DC and your average American high school. Bulllies abound, ambition is as necessary as good hair, people get ousted and are sometimes allowed to return and meritocracy remains only a lofty goal. I just wish that Liebovich included one big apology (to everyone he savages) at the end instead of repeatedly disavowing his unkind / devastating comments immediately after. It's snarky and reminds me of the lame of apologies of an insult comic after he trashes an unwitting audience member.
My favorite scene was the encounter of two journalists at the bar mitzvah of David Brooks' son. As one of the journalists gives the other a "heads up" that he will be trashing him in tomorrow's column--during the traditional Jewish circle dance--the other says: "I cannot believe you are telling me this DURING THE HORA!" The narrator delivers this line with such relish!
Joe Barrett gives a terrific performance.
One of the audiobooks I truly enjoyed listening to, and one that I recommend. I live in DC so l liked the salacious gossip about personalities. It also disappointed me to here how many people in this city (politicians, media personalities, lobbyists) are getting rich by sucking at the government teat.
have you spent significant time in washington DC ?
do the inner workings of politics just fascinate you ?
do you have a greater tolerance for gossip than your classmates ?
if so, this might be a very good book for you
if not, you might find the book insular and a bit repetitive
it's basically a prolonged and chatty lesson on human nature
in 1975, 3 % of former congressmen became lobbyists
in today's washington DC, the number has risen to about 40 %
mr. leibovich would like to tell us just how that transition occurred
those in political power are a sad but predictable bunch of people
p.j. o'rourke's book " parliament of whores " outlined them clearly
it's those next to power that are an even sadder, clumsier group
the press corp, legislative aides and socialites all buzz around DC
they all lack the power and leverage that money or electability brings
so they traffic in the only commodity left to them : relationships
mr. o'rourke's effective book commented on DC from the outside
sadly, mr. leibovich tries to the same from " inside the machine "
it's a difficult task since the reader can often questions his motives
can mr. leibovich remain next to power without actually having power ?
will all of his efforts keep the wolf of insignificance away from the door ?
niccolo machiavelli would say no and he's probably right
I was surprised at just how well written this book was. The author was constantly entertaining and making me laugh while providing some great information. I would recommend this book to all political junkies but, be warned, when you are finished with the book Washington, politics, and journalism will have a different meaning.
Did you ever get the feeling that the world was a tuxedo and you were a pair of brown shoes?
After reading Leibovich's book, I came away with a pretty different view of Washington. I dislike it even more. However, this was just a fun book to listen to. Barrett is a gifted story teller and I had several instances of out loud laughter at some of the antics of the people that run our country right now from the lobbyists to the Beltway Club to the White House. This covers it all and doesn't spare anyone. There is some overlap here with Game Change and Collision 2012 but only towards the end. There is significant emphasis on the journalism crowd as well as Hill staffers and the "wanna-be's" of Washington.
However, it's just fun. It was somewhat slow for me to get into but I became more interested in the middle of the book. The piece on Harry Reid was very insightful but would have wanted more on Hillary and Obama.
Regardless, it was fun.
The biggest thing that this book proved to me is that there are already three parties, the hard core Left, the hard core Right and the Progressives. Right now, the Progressives are running both of the name parties, and they are scratching each other's backs all day, everyday.
It was quick. I did know a few of the names. List of who make or Gov't work?
What a bunch of phonies and back stabbing, self absorbed, .........."Party animals!"
His voice was easy to listen.
Yes. A sitting may include drive time. Once I started it was interesting.
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