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 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.
I was really looking forward to this insider's glimpse into the gossip, games, and politics of Washington DC.
Unfortunately the stories told are so bland that they hardly are interesting.
Maybe it's true that "Washington is Hollywood for ugly people" but these people are hardly interesting.
So if you're looking to read about how many people the author knows, go ahead and get this book. Or, if by the off-hand chance you are mentioned in this "Hey I spoke to this guy and met that guy" book, then go right ahead. Otherwise, stay clear. Too much name dropping, not enough of the interesting. In a word: Boring. Sorry, but true.
The book IS Washington. Useless. A definite don't buy.
great book. informative, interesting and funny. very insightful. what else do i need to say to meet the 15 word minimum.
This book was really tough to get throuh, and I found War and Peace to be a rather easy read. I would characterize it as a disjointed soap opera inspired by Lord of the Flies and Cosmopolitan (although you are robbed of the happy ending of Lord of the Flies because adults never show up). Any hope that may linger regarding the logevity of our civilization will evaporate after reading this book. If you are the kind of person who thinks schmoozing at parties and kissing up to power for the sake of lining your own pockets are worthwhile activities, you'll love this book.
I was expecting some insight to the political workings of Washington DC. What he delivers is old news. We know that most politicians that go to Washington stay in Washington and become power brokers.
I gave up listening about half way through
Interesting, funny and disgusting
The total lack of connection between This Town and the planet Earth.
Some humor and perfectly understated.
The politicians discussing the "stupid" people they represent while eating lobster and drinking champagne.
Laughed one minute and screamed obscenities the next. Entertaining and disgusting.
No, but I do not listen to a book more than once.
Mittens--I loved Romney's nickname! There were so many memorable characters--both those I recognized and those I did not.
Great performance--really captured the irony and sarcasm that I am sure the author intended.
Please write another book--I read all of the author's articles in the NYT magazine and he does not write enough.
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