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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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    Peter United States 09-11-13
    Peter United States 09-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    This book is padded -it might be a great 2 hour book but its inside baseball that just bores


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Collaboration: Hollywood's Pact with Hitler


    Would you be willing to try another one of Joe Barrett’s performances?

    one dimensional


    What character would you cut from This Town?

    the author


    Any additional comments?

    no real insight except DC is made upindividual with huge ego and little talent

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    earl Barret CA, USA 08-25-13
    earl Barret CA, USA 08-25-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Entertainment that will make insiders squirm!"
    Where does This Town rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top for type.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It names names.


    Which character – as performed by Joe Barrett – was your favorite?

    Mark.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes. But there were a great many more that disgusted me.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish someone had persuaded Mr. Lebowich to edit the dreary section on Mr. Issa's handler.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Crawford Baltimore, Maryland, United States 08-22-13
    Crawford Baltimore, Maryland, United States 08-22-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good, but not great. Worth a read."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, just for those hilarious tidbits about 'The town'. Worth reading to hear about how people acted.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The particular tidbits that leibovich watched with his own eyes.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    been less dry


    Was This Town worth the listening time?

    yes. a few dry parts, but overall worth listening to.


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    michael poway, Ca, United States 10-31-13
    michael poway, Ca, United States 10-31-13 Member Since 2007
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    What would have made This Town better?

    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...


    Has This Town turned you off from other books in this genre?

    It would have to be done by " Anonymous"....so you would get real reporting without fear of retaliation


    What didn’t you like about Joe Barrett’s performance?

    not much


    What character would you cut from This Town?

    cared about none


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    Jeanine Galloway, OH, United States 08-07-13
    Jeanine Galloway, OH, United States 08-07-13 Member Since 2009
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    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.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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