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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Leibovich Narrator: Joe Barrett Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2014 ISBN: 9780698179950
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Author of the groundbreaking #1 New York Times bestseller This Town, Mark Leibovich returns with a masterly collection of portraits of Washington’s elite, and wannabe elites.

Hailed by the Washington Post as a “master of the political profile,” Leibovich has spent his career writing memorable, buzz-worthy, and often jaw-dropping features about politicians and other notables. Currently chief national correspondent for the New York Times Magazine, Leibovich punctures the inflated personas of the powerful, and in Citizens of the Green Room, he reveals the lives, stories, and peculiarities behind the public masks.

A brilliant reporter with a talent for subversive, engaging storytelling, Leibovich maintains a refreshing conviviality with many of his subjects even as he renders incisive and unflinching assessments. His features have driven the national conversation while exposing the fallibilities of the kingmakers and media stars. Consider his 2007 profile of Hillary Clinton, which unearthed a treasure trove of old letters that the then senator had written as a vulnerable young college student or his much-talked-about 2010 portrait of Glenn Beck, which laid bare the tortured soul and precarious standing of the once invincible host and his uneasy relationship with his soon-to-be ex-employer Fox News. In the political arena, Leibovich’s portraits of John Kerry, Paul Ryan, Chris Christie, and John McCain are already classics; they invariably remind us that great journalism and stylish writing are not only essential to the republic but necessary to maintain the citizenry’s sanity and humor in the face of made-for-TV government.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Most politicians have a pregame ritual—red wine (Ronald Reagan), bouncing a basketball (Bill Clinton)—and these apparent trivialities may reveal more about a candidate than any stump speech.”

    O, The Oprah Magazine

  • “The short, easy-to-read pieces spanning from 2002 to 2013 stem from the author’s time as a political reporter for the Washington Post…The original publication date is listed with each entry and helps explain and give context to why the vignettes are included. The book is lively and detailed…Fans of Leibovich’s This Town as well as media or political observers will appreciate this work.”

    Library Journal

  • “Leibovich, the chief national correspondent for the New York Times Magazine, who specializes in profiles of people and places, brings together under one roof some of his best and most noteworthy profiles of American political and media figures…Fascinating fare for political wonks.”


  • “Amusing and perceptive tales of the political animals in the zoo that is Washington…These essays and profiles are uniformly witty…Leibovich delivers full-dimensional portraits of these eccentric DC denizens…Humorous, incisive, and very droll.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • An Oprah Pick of Ten Titles to Pick Up Now, December 2014
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About the Author

Mark Leibovich is the New York Times Magazine chief national correspondent, based in Washington, DC.  In 2011, he received a National Magazine Award for his story on Politico’s Mike Allen and the changing media culture of Washington. Prior to coming to the Times Magazine, he was a national political reporter in the Times’ DC bureau. He has also worked at the Washington Post, the San Jose Mercury News, and the Boston Phoenix, and he is the author of The New Imperialists, a collection of profiles on technology pioneers. He lives with his family in Washington.

About the Narrator

Joe Barrett, an actor and Audie Award and Earphones Award-winning narrator, has appeared both on and off Broadway as well as in hundreds of radio and television commercials.