This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral - Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking! - in America's Gilded Capital (Unabridged)
by Mark Leibovich
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One of the nation's most acclaimed journalists, The New York Times' Mark Leibovich, presents a blistering, penetrating, jaw-dropping - and often hysterical - look at Washington’s incestuous "media industrial complex". The great thing about Washington is no matter how many elections you lose, how many times you're indicted, how many scandals you've been tainted by, well, the great thing is you can always eat lunch in that town again. What keeps the permanent government spinning on its carousel is the freedom of shamelessness, and that mother's milk of politics, cash. In Mark Leibovich’s remarkable look at the way things really work in D.C., a funeral for a beloved television star becomes the perfect networking platform, a disgraced political aide can emerge with more power than his boss, campaign losers befriend their vanquishers (and make more money than ever!), "conflict of interest" is a term lost in translation, political reporters are fetishized and worshipped for their ability to get one's name in print, and, well - we're all really friends, aren't we? What Julia Phillips did for Hollywood, Timothy Crouse did for journalists, and Michael Lewis did for Wall Street, Mark Leibovich does for our nation's capital.
A reporter's honest account of Washington. The money, power and out right duplicity that goes with them. It's a description of insecure, over inflated egos who work in the most organized crime syndicate, so organized those that work in it can't be prosecuted because they make, investigate and enforce the laws. Like the author said "every good cause, becomes a movement, then a business, and eventually a racket." This is a story about the racket. It's very funny, except for the fact tax payers and consumers are footing the bill.