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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
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Tim Russert is dead. But the room was alive. Big Ticket Washington Funerals can make such great networking opportunities. Power mourners keep stampeding down the red carpets of the Kennedy Center, handing out business cards, touching base. And there is no time to waste in a gold rush, even... show more
Tim Russert is dead. But the room was alive. Big Ticket Washington Funerals can make such great networking opportunities. Power mourners keep stampeding down the red carpets of the Kennedy Center, handing out business cards, touching base. And there is no time to waste in a gold rush, even (or especially) at a solemn tribal event like this.   Washington—This Town—might be loathed from every corner of the nation, yet these are fun and busy days at this nexus of big politics, big money, big media, and big vanity. There are no Democrats and Republicans anymore in the nation’s capital, just millionaires. That is the grubby secret of the place in the twenty-first century. You will always have lunch in This Town again. No matter how many elections you lose, apologies you make, or scandals you endure.   In This Town, Mark Leibovich, chief national correspondent for The New York Times Magazine, presents a blistering, stunning—and often hysterically funny—examination of our ruling class’s incestuous “media industrial complex.” Through his eyes, we discover how the funeral for a beloved newsman becomes the social event of the year. How political reporters are fetishized for their ability to get their names into the predawn e-mail sent out by the city’s most powerful and puzzled-over journalist. How a disgraced Hill aide can overcome ignominy and maybe emerge with a more potent “brand” than many elected members of Congress. And how an administration bent on “changing Washington” can be sucked into the ways of This Town with the same ease with which Tea Party insurgents can, once elected, settle into it like a warm bath.   Outrageous, fascinating, and destined to win Leibovich a whole host of, er, new friends, This Town is must reading, whether you’re inside the Beltway—or just trying to get there.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780399161308 (0399161309)
ASIN: 0399161309
Publisher: Blue Rider Press
Pages no: 400
Edition language: English
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KatieMc
KatieMc rated it
3.0 This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral-Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking!-in America's Gilded Capital
Who knew Harry Reid does yoga? This book has some fun facts and funny antidotes and I can't hate it. My interest in politics has ebbed and flowed though my life, and 8-10 years ago I would have been all over this. Right now, meh.
Thewanderingjew
Thewanderingjew rated it
4.0 This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral-Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking!-in America's Gilded Capital
This Town begins with Tim Russert's funeral in 2008, continues with Mike Wallace’s and pretty much ends at the time of Daniel Inouye’s, in December of 2012. One month later, Barack Obama ascends to the throne again. Sandwiched between these funerals, which attract anyone who is anyone, across party ...
teaandbooks
teaandbooks rated it
4.0 This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral-Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking!-in America's Gilded Capital
This book is a little different from other political books you may have read and in some ways is a more gossipy tome of Washington, DC. The author, Mark Leibovich, chronicles stories and anecdotes from June 2008 to a little past the 2012 election (plus with an afterword of events between then and th...
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