This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral--Plus Plenty of Valet Parking!--In America's Gilded Capital (Paperback)

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Just out in paperback. Even if you read the hardback a year ago when it created such a stir, you may want to take a peak at this version, updated with an afterward detailing the early reactions from various Washington insiders upset at being included or left out. The story starts at Tim Russert's funeral, and Leibovich gives us an insider's view of the posturing mourners. He goes on from there to names names and tell tales about the highest and lowest profile elected officials, the high-rolling hostesses, the well-rewarded staffers, and of course the media. Much of the story is laugh-out-loud funny, but that laughter never completely masks outrage. As Leibovich says in the Afterward, "Actual readers of the book got the point that the systemic dysfunction of Washington has in fact sustained a vast, decadent and self-obsessed political class." You may not agree, or this may not be news to you, but Leibovich tells the story mercilessly and memorably.

— Mary


Hailed as "vastly entertaining and deeply troubling" (The New York Times Book Review), "as insidery as Game Change" (The Washington Post), and a "hysterically funny portrait of the capital's vanities and ambitions" (The New Yorker), This Town captured America's attention as the political book of 2013. With a new Afterword by author Mark Leibovich, the book that is changing the national conversation about Washington is available in a stunning new edition.

Washington, D.C., 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. 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 very necessary, This Town is a must-read, whether you're inside the Beltway--or just trying to get there.

About the Author

Mark Leibovich is The New York Times Magazine's chief national correspondent, based in Washington, D.C. He is the author of The New Imperialists, a collection of profiles on technology pioneers. Leibovich lives with his family in Washington.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780399170683
ISBN-10: 0399170685
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: April 29th, 2014
Pages: 416
Language: English