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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; 1st Edition edition (26 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399161309
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399161308
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 3.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 251,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""This Town "is funny, it's interesting, and it is demoralizing ... I loved it as much as you can love something which hurts your heart."--John Oliver, "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" "In addition to his reporting talents, Leibovich is a writer of excellent zest. At times his book is laugh-out-loud (as well as weep-out-loud). He is an exuberant writer, even as his reporting leaves one reaching for Xanax...["This Town"] is vastly entertaining and deeply troubling."--Christopher Buckley, "The New York Times Book Review " "It's been the summer of "This Town. "What lingers from "This Town "is what will linger in Washington well after its current dinosaurs are extinct: the political culture owned by big money."--Frank Rich, "New York Magazine ""Many decades from now, a historian looking at where America lost its way could use "This Town "as a primary source."--Fareed Zakaria "Here it is, Washington in all its splendid, sordid glory...[Leibovich] seems to wear those special glasses that allow you to x-ray the outside and see what's really going on. Start to finish, this is a brilliant portrait - pointillist, you might say, or modern realist. So brilliant that once it lands on a front table at Politics & Prose Leibovich will never be able to have lunch in this town again. There are also important insights tucked in among the barbs...So here's to all the big mouths, big shots, big machers, and big jerks. In case you're wondering, Mark Leibovich is on to every one of you, and his portrayal of This Town is spot on." --David Shribman, "The New York Times" "In his new book "This Town, "Mark Leibovich commits an act of treason against the Washington establishment... Thoroughly entertaining... Leibovich is a keen observer and energetic writer."--Reid Pillifant, "New York Observer " ""This Town "is a frothy Beltway insider tell-all ...rollicking fun and sharply written. A big, sprawling fun beach read of a book--snappy and well-crafted."--Susan Gardner," The Daily Kos" ""This Town" is as entertaining for the broader picture it paints of a capital that corrupts even the most incorruptible as it is for the salacious gossip that dominated early reviews. Books like Leibovich's are important resources for historians who, a century from now, will use "This Town" as a trove of background information for a pivotal period when our politics became poisonous."--Reid Wilson," The National Journal" "Leibovich delivers the reportorial goods. He is in all the parties, and supplies a wildly entertaining anthrolopogical tour."--Jonathan Chait, "New York Magazine" "Leibovich has written a very funny book about how horrible his industry can be... Uncommonly honest."--David Weigel, Slate "[Leibovich] is a master of the political profile... "This Town "is as insidery as "Game Change""--Carlos Lozada, "Washington Post" "Intensely anticipated.... [Leibovich] has a real affection for many of his characters... [and] also throws a few unapologetically hard punches." --Ben Smith, Buzzfeed "Witty, entertaining....the book is enlightening on how journalism is practiced in Washington..."This Town" could also be source material for your book about what's wrong with these horrible people and - more importantly, but also much more difficult - how to fix the culture that led to their ascendance...."This Town" is a funny book, but it should probably make you as angry and depressed as "Two American Families." --Alex Pareene, Salon.com "For the sweaty, twitching, huddled masses of Washington gossip addicts, ""This Town"" is rife with such shiny nuggets, the literary equivalent of crack."-- Lloyd Grove, Newsweek/The Daily Beast "Corrosively funny and subtly subversive.... siren song of money and pseudo-celebrity ....irresistible."--Walter Shapiro, "The American Prospect" "Like a modern-day Balzac to US capital power players....hilarious....perceptive." --Richard McGregor, "Financial Times" "A rollicking, if disconcerting, read."--"Denver Post" "Provides a lancing, often hysterically funny portrait of the capital's vanities and ambitions." --"The New Yorker" "A common trope among conservatives is the "cocktail party scene," which Republican reformers encounter when they go to Washington and which lures them into selling out their beliefs. ""This Town"" provides plenty of evidence not only that those worries are grounded, but that it's far worse than we imagined....[U]nusual and refreshing.... [A] successful and needed undertaking.... Leibovich enlivens his tedious subjects with a funny and vivid writing style.... he's also an engaging storyteller. The last quarter of ""This Town"," which dishes on Leibovich's encounters with the major players from the 2012 election, is undeniably good reading... If you want to understand why you should wake up quivering with white-hot hatred for elite Washington, ""This Town"" is well worth your time." --Matt Purple, "The American Spectator" "[A] sharp-eyed, funny and elegantly written takedown of Washington's crass, insidery, back-scratching (by journalists and politicians alike) culture.... [T]he Tony Soprano of journalists...but with a heart." --Margaret Carlson, "Bloomberg News" "This book has to be the book of the summer, open on the fat or flat bellies of Washington's privileged political elite at Rehoboth, Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket. Even if they are in it, or are looking for themselves in it with dread or delicious anticipation, a Washington version of narcissism, "This Town" is not to be missed." --Dan Simpson, "Pittsburgh Post Gazette" "Not since Truman Capote's "Answered Prayers" knocked New York society on its heels with its thinly fictionalized revelations of real players who had thought the author was their friend has a book so riled a city's upper echelons."--Lois Romano, "Politico "

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Mark Leibovich is The New York Times Magazine chief national correspondent, based in Washington, D.C. In 2011, he received a National Magazine Award for his story on Politico's Mike Allen and the changing media culture of Washington. Prior to coming to the Times Magazine, Leibovich was a national political reporter in the Times' DC bureau. He has also worked at The Washington Post, The San Jose Mercury News and The Boston Phoenix, and is the author of The New Imperialists, a collection of profiles on technology pioneers. Leibovich lives with his family in Washington.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Aug. 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is a book that all America should be reading, not just the DC insiders. I expect most of DC is reading this book to see if they appear. It is not a book for those who love the so called 'heros' in DC.

Mark Leibovich is the Chief National Correspondent of The New York Times Magazine, he is in the know and has written a portrait of those who run the politics in the United States. President Obama is not part of this book, but many others are!

The author has separated this book into two of the most important funerals in the town, Tim Russert and Richard Holbrook. He describes the 'in' groups, those who want to be included and the climbers. Funerals are not only to bury the loved ones, but to meet and be seen. To discuss who is not there and why not. He tells us who the 'heavy lifters' are and who to avoid.Tammy Haddad is someone who comes off as crass and obvious, but everyone continues to want no be seen at her parties. The author spares few and here are a few of my favorite digs.

Joe Scarborough of the MSNBC 'Morning Joe", sees himself as a possible Presidential candidate. What a laugh, the man has an ego bigger than his head. Mark Leibovich calls this act as "the ultimate example of the political -media complex flying up it's own a**."

Joe Biden "is a lovable rodeo clown of the Obama administration."

Harry Reid Dem Leader of the Senate, "is endowed with all the magnetism of a dried snail."

Mr. Leibovich also makes some major points. 50% of retiring senators and 42% of retiring congressmen become lobbyists. It is a recyclable circle. He also discusses in depth ow the town DC, is run by journalists and what this has done to our country.
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This demonstrates the author's knowledge of "DC". He fails to address the audience he claims to write for. "Inside" politics in the USA have almost never had good description except in presidential biographies.
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By Karen Helveg Petersen on 7 Sept. 2013
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Gossipy and entertaining but lacking, perhaps deliberately, in analysis. A few less names could have been dropped in order to get a better overview of the apparatus.
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