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Book Summary, Review & Analysis: This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral Paperback – 3 Sep 2013

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Product details

  • Paperback: 60 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (3 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1492192686
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492192688
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 0.4 x 20.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,616,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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!
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 Sept. 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 A wonderful summary of This Town 8 Oct. 2013
By Cassandra Alvarez - Published on Amazon.com
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A friend of mine is a huge political buff, while I would rather stay far away from it. He recently told me he was reading This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral by Mark Leibovich, and he thought I'd like it. I looked up the book and realized that it was 400 pages long. I work from home, and my time is valuable, so I really didn't feel like getting involved in such a long book just to find out that it wasn't my cup of tea. While I was online, I noticed the This Town summary by Save Time Summaries. At just 60 pages, this summary seemed a lot more appealing to me! I figured, I could order the summary, spend some time with it, and if I found the story interesting, I could go for the actual book.

The book was shipped quickly to me, and it's the perfect size for slipping into my purse or laptop bag. For the last few days, I've been spending a few minutes here and there reading. From the start, I've found the summary to be very interesting. It's amazing how they were able to take a 400-page book and condense it into under 100 pages. Starting with the funeral of legendary journalist Tim Russell to rehashing what was happening behind-the-scenes of the 2012 presidential election, I found that the summary covered some great, interesting points. This summary was so nicely written and informative that I think I'm going to go ahead and pick up This Town. As I read, I'll be sure to keep this little gem nearby so that I can compare and be sure I don't miss a thing.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read! 18 Sept. 2013
By Holly - Published on Amazon.com
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Power, fame, and fortune is the heartbeat of Washington, D.C. Save Time Summaries proves this over and over again with notorious examples of lobbyists, politicians, and our "leaders." I thoroughly enjoyed this read and all the truth contained in it. It notes many individuals that make up the majority of "The Club" that have been born and bred into this lifestyle with its blood coursing through their veins and its knowledge being learned at a very young age (e.g Chris Dodd), but it also mentions certain people that not so simply worked their way to the top, starting at the very bottom, not growing up in politics like Kurt Bardella. Awesome quick read that I would advise to anyone. I definitely know a few Poli. Sci. professors that would not hesitate to use it as a supplemental textbook.
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick and clean summary deliverd 14 Jan. 2014
By Ky - Published on Amazon.com
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The summaries provided for each chapter are concise but informative which is exactly what these kinds of books are about. The delivery is smooth and easy to follow and the key points really drive home the specific parts of the chapter in bullet form. The truly entertaining value of the original book isn't lost in this summarization of it. The wit, the power, the purpose, the message are all kept intact, just presented in a more concise and comprehensive manner. It’s great for a person on the go, a student in need of a quick review or an everyday person who just wants a taste of DC drama and scandal.
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