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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. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • Mark Leibovich profiles are like flaming Dr. Pepper shots. They’re great…  Leibovich’s profiles, read en masse, lay bare Washington’s formative paradox: You can’t fix D.C. unless you go there, and you can’t do well there without becoming everything that’s broken about it. Slate
  • 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 D.C. denizens…. Humorous, incisive and very droll. Kirkus
  • 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. Booklist
  • This Town is funny, it's interesting, and it is demoralizing ... I loved it as much as you can love something which hurts your heart. John Oliver, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
  • Witty, entertaining….the book is enlightening on how journalism is practiced in Washington…This Town could also be source material for your book about what’s wrong with these horrible people and – more importantly, but also much more difficult – how to fix the culture that led to their ascendance….This Town is a funny book, but it should probably make you as angry and depressed as 'Two American Families'. Alex Pareene, Salon
  • For the sweaty, twitching, huddled masses of Washington gossip addicts, This Town is rife with such shiny nuggets, the literary equivalent of crack. Lloyd Grove, Newsweek/The Daily Beast
  • Corrosively funny and subtly subversive…. siren song of money and pseudo-celebrity ….irresistible. Walter Shapiro, The American Prospect
  • Like a modern-day Balzac to US capital power players….hilarious….perceptive. Richard McGregor, Financial Times
  • A rollicking, if disconcerting, read. Denver Post
  • Provides a lancing, often hysterically funny portrait of the capital’s vanities and ambitions. The New Yorker
  • A common trope among conservatives is the 'cocktail party scene,' which Republican reformers encounter when they go to Washington and which lures them into selling out their beliefs. This Town provides plenty of evidence not only that those worries are grounded, but that it’s far worse than we imagined….[U]nusual and refreshing…. [A] successful and needed undertaking…. Leibovich enlivens his tedious subjects with a funny and vivid writing style…. he’s also an engaging storyteller. The last quarter of This Town, which dishes on Leibovich’s encounters with the major players from the 2012 election, is undeniably good reading… If you want to understand why you should wake up quivering with white-hot hatred for elite Washington, This Town is well worth your time. Matt Purple, The American Spectator
  • [A] sharp-eyed, funny and elegantly written takedown of Washington’s crass, insidery, back-scratching (by journalists and politicians alike) culture…. [T]he Tony Soprano of journalists…but with a heart. Margaret Carlson, Bloomberg News
  • This book has to be the book of the summer, open on the fat or flat bellies of Washington's privileged political elite at Rehoboth, Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket. Even if they are in it, or are looking for themselves in it with dread or delicious anticipation, a Washington version of narcissism, This Town is not to be missed. Dan Simpson, Pittsburgh Post Gazette
  • Not since Truman Capote’s Answered Prayers knocked New York society on its heels with its thinly fictionalized revelations of real players who had thought the author was their friend has a book so riled a city’s upper echelons. Lois Romano, Politico

  • Intensely anticipated…. [Leibovich] has a real affection for many of his characters… [and] also throws a few unapologetically hard punches. Ben Smith, Buzzfeed
  • “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

  • Here it is, Washington in all its splendid, sordid glory…[Leibovich] seems to wear those special glasses that allow you to x-ray the outside and see what’s really going on. Start to finish, this is a brilliant portrait – pointillist, you might say, or modern realist. So brilliant that once it lands on a front table at Politics & Prose Leibovich will never be able to have lunch in this town again. There are also important insights tucked in among the barbs…So here’s to all the big mouths, big shots, big machers, and big jerks. In case you’re wondering, Mark Leibovich is on to every one of you, and his portrayal of This Town is spot on. David Shribman, The New York Times
  • In his new book This Town, Mark Leibovich commits an act of treason against the Washington establishment… Thoroughly entertaining… Leibovich is a keen observer and energetic writer. Reid Pillifant, New York Observer
  • This Town is a frothy Beltway insider tell-all …rollicking fun and sharply written. A big, sprawling fun beach read of a book—snappy and well-crafted. Susan Gardner, The Daily Kos
  • This Town is as entertaining for the broader picture it paints of a capital that corrupts even the most incorruptible as it is for the salacious gossip that dominated early reviews. Books like Leibovich’s are important resources for historians who, a century from now, will use This Town as a trove of background information for a pivotal period when our politics became poisonous. Reid Wilson, The National Journal
  • Leibovich delivers the reportorial goods. He is in all the parties, and supplies a wildly entertaining anthrolopogical tour. Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine
  • Leibovich has written a very funny book about how horrible his industry can be… Uncommonly honest. David Weigel, Slate
  • [Leibovich] is a master of the political profile… This Town is as insidery as Game Change Carlos Lozada, Washington Post
  • In addition to his reporting talents, Leibovich is a writer of excellent zest. At times his book is laugh-out-loud (as well as weep-out-loud). He is an exuberant writer, even as his reporting leaves one reaching for Xanax…[This Town] is vastly entertaining and deeply troubling. Christopher Buckley, The New York Times Book Review
  • It's been the summer of This Town. What lingers from This Town is what will linger in Washington well after its current dinosaurs are extinct: the political culture owned by big money. Frank Rich, New York Magazine
  • Many decades from now, a historian looking at where America lost its way could use This Town as a primary source. Fareed Zakaria
  • “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

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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.