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
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.
This book is padded -it might be a great 2 hour book but its inside baseball that just bores
The Collaboration: Hollywood's Pact with Hitler
no real insight except DC is made upindividual with huge ego and little talent
Top for type.
It names names.
Yes. But there were a great many more that disgusted me.
I wish someone had persuaded Mr. Lebowich to edit the dreary section on Mr. Issa's handler.
Yes, just for those hilarious tidbits about 'The town'. Worth reading to hear about how people acted.
The particular tidbits that leibovich watched with his own eyes.
been less dry
yes. a few dry parts, but overall worth listening to.
Bland...nothing new...thought I might get some insight into DC....instead just a bunch of wanta bes...way to much kiss ass....author had favorites he wanted to look good so he wouldn't miss that next party invite...
It would have to be done by " Anonymous"....so you would get real reporting without fear of retaliation
cared about none
Heard an interview with the author and he sounded so nice. I don't know why I thought that would translate into a book that I would like or understand.
If your interest in politics and it's players is only a passing glance then don't get this book. It will bore you to tears as it did me.
I could not make it past the 1st hour it was so uninteresting to me.
I am sure if you know who all the people in Washington are and watch and read every political tidbit you can then you will like this book. But for the rest of us forget it.
So irritated that I spent my money on this, wish I could get a refund.
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