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Book Summary, Review & Analysis: This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral [Paperback]

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3 Sep 2013


WARNING: This is not the actual book This Town by Mark Leibovich. Do not buy this summary & analysis if you are looking for a full copy of this great book. Instead, we have already read This Town and pulled out some of the key take-away points and insights to give you a comprehensive chapter-by-chapter summary & review. In doing so, unfortunately we do not have the space to include all of the many important ideas and anecdotes found in This Town. To get it all, you should first order the full book. Packaged together in an engaging and easily digestible format, this concise summary & analysis works best as an unofficial guide or companion to read alongside the book.


Washington, D.C. has been described as a poli-media-corporate pigpen, where just about everyone is, has been, or will be at the trough. It is hard to tell when sentiments, emotions, and feelings are genuine. It appears that, by and large, even those expressions of sincere love and affection are really a product of self-interest and of the need to maintain appearances. An enlightening, cynical, gossipy portrayal of the DC elite – journalistic, political, and business – Mark Leibovich’s This Town is also in places hilarious. The biographical sketches of the good and the great are usually done with a cool even-handedness, describing their shortcomings and qualities. Their interactions are equally well rendered as they battle in their quests to be at the top of the pecking order. Neither the current nor the “former” (a reference to past office holders now making zillions as lobbyists) are spared from Leibovich’s humorous analysis. In this summary, you will: • Meet some DC power players who actually take advantage of high-profile funerals as the perfect networking opportunities, while outwardly displaying a somber face, of course. • Learn how even the most reform-minded outsiders become corrupted by the zeitgeist of present-day DC and the lure of money. • Meet some once idealistic Obama administration officials who were then co-opted by Washington lobbyists and corporations such as BP or Goldman Sachs. • Learn what has caused the steady drift of 21st century journalists away from investigative journalism and towards celebrity, scandal, and superficial stories with the sole purpose of generating "buzz". All this and much more! Personality-driven yet ultimately insightful and utterly engaging, This Town delivers a stunning critique – rarely delivered from a self-professed member of "The Club" such as Leibovich – of the incestuous relationships that serve only to enrich and entrench DC’s power-brokers...at the expense of any meaningful reform. FROM START-TO-FINISH IN JUST 30 MINUTES! Here's your chapter-by-chapter guide to Mark Leibovich's This Town that you can start and finish right now!

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  • Paperback: 60 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (3 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1492192686
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492192688
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 12.7 x 0.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,206,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great analysis! 11 Aug 2013
By EllieReads - Published on Amazon.com
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If you've ever wondered why and how things happen in our nation's capital, This Town is a great book. It's packed full of anecdata and information that reveal the inner workings of the political elite. I recommend it to anyone who has ever wondered exactly what our politicians are up to.

However, This Town is very dense- as I said, packed. Although it's a great read, it's easy to miss key points while engrossed in an anecdote. This book is essentially a concise version of This Town. Each chapter of This Town is summarized and key talking points are bulleted. It makes keeping track of all the whos and whys much easier.

I found the chapter on journalism and the media in Washington especially interesting- the discussion on how instant media coverage has transformed both journalism and politics and shifted political power was... enlightening. And a little scary.

If you're planning on reading This Town, or if you've just finished it and are information overload, this will be a great read. Highly recommend!
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for us poor outsiders 11 Aug 2013
By Izzy - Published on Amazon.com
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Mr. L does not include any racy or naughty anecdotes on the part of the Washington elite. The biggest take away for me was the fact that DC is an island onto itself composed of people hankering every day to get into the "in" group, be seen at the "right" parties etc. The most revolting part was the fact that, when our members of Congress leave their posts they become (after 2 years) employed by lobbying firms at astronomical salaries. This makes them beholden to these firms even before they leave office thanks to little hints that there will be a job waiting for them after they leave if they vote the "right" way.

The whole town seems to be isolated from the rest of the country and one gets the feeling they really don't care if our needs are being met by the people we have elected to represent us. In the midst of this continuing recession DC has no money worries. It's disgusting!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A funny insider's view to D.C. politics 16 Sep 2013
By ArcadiaLynn - Published on Amazon.com
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If you don't have time to read the 401 pages of This Town: Two Parties And A Funeral, you will be delighted to read this summary and review of the book. For a book of less than a 100 pages, a lot of information is stuffed together for readers to enjoy. Each chapter gives a glimpse into the personalities of the people who rule the country, and the controversies surrounding them.

The book begins with the funeral of legendary journalist, Tim Russert. It mentions powerful people attending such as former President Clinton and his wife. Although it's a funeral, the movers and shakers of Washington, D.C, known as "The Club" use the time to make connections.

Prominent figures mentioned include Mike Allen, Andrea Mitchell, Tamara Haddad, Trent Lott and much more.

A thoroughly enjoyable book. I would recommend reading this book if just a small taste of the scandals and gossip appeals to you. At the end of each chapter is a summary of the major points of the chapter, just in case you missed something. This short book is perfect for reading while waiting at the doctor's office.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice summary 12 Oct 2013
By Billy P. - Published on Amazon.com
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If you do not have time to read "This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral", then this summary is excellent for you. If you are in a book club and this is the book you need to read, this summary will give all of the key points so you can be in the discussion when it comes to that time.

This summary gives you the key points in every chapter of "This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral." The summary of the book will tell you the key people that is in the original book that included Obama, Clinton and many more big names that is in Washington D.C.

The original book is around 400 pages and Save Time Summaries has given people the opportunity to know just about everything that is in the 400 page book in just 61 pages, which is amazing.

This book was a very quick read and gave all of the information that I needed to know all about the book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars You always knew in your heart that they were all crooks. 11 Oct 2013
By Terry D. Stevens - Published on Amazon.com
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An apt description of "Hogs at a trough." If politicians didn't disgust you before, they will always disgust from now on.
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