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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. He looks at 'Politico' and says the writing is that of a nine year old. He has no love for Mile Allen et al, and it is indeed, good to look at the other side.

This book is witty, informative and fun. Unlike his description of 'Politico', this book is very well written. It keeps your attention like no other in recent times. It is good to see the DC upper citizens get their comeuppance, and they have in spades.

Recommended. prisrob 08-14-13
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on 9 January 2015
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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on 7 September 2013
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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on 19 November 2014
Well written but seems more like a series of anecdotes than any more substantial.
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on 17 November 2013
This is wonderful gossip about Washington, D.C. folks. I started reading it, but then had to travel, so couldn't carry a hardcover around. So, haven't yet finished it.
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on 3 September 2013
Im not interested in washington dc parties. Thought it would be more politicaly edgy and insightful,. very disappointing. It reads like one of the people hes writing about. Superficial.
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