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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (218 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Matthew Latimer Narrator: Lincoln Hopp Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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As a young political geek, Matt Latimer dreamed of one day heading to Washington to work for a conservative president and usher in another Reagan Revolution. With the support of his slightly mortified liberal parents, he tried to do just that - but his youthful exuberance began to cool as he moved up the rungs of power.

On Capitol Hill he worked for a Congressman who "misremembered" basic facts, assisted a U.S. Senator who hid from his own staff, and met another who cowed her male aides into carrying her purse.

Finally ensconced in the White House as one of George W. Bush's chief speechwriters, he soon realized that the post wasn't at all what he'd envisioned. Less like Aaron Sorkin's The West Wing and more like NBC's The Office, D.C.'s most prestigious address turned out to be a bizarro world in which the major players were in some ways mirror opposites of their public images.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by ABenander | 2/20/2014

    " This book made me happy because I was always secretly afraid that only the Democratic caucus acted like this. Enlightening but depressing. Worth the price if only for the description of W. preparing for the bank bailout speech. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sam | 2/18/2014

    " Very entertaining read. As a fellow Michigander who lived in Nick Smith's old district for a few years, I enjoyed the musings on Smith, Spence Abraham, et al. Curious, though, as to why Latimer, who presents himself as a bit of an idealist, has no comment about Ron Paul's contribution to the 2008 presidential election cycle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Seligne | 2/6/2014

    " I'm no conservative, and I picked up this book to confirm my prejudices about the Bush Administration. I found this book to be surprisingly riveting, well-written and astute. I would recommend it to anyone of whatever political stripe, as a behind-the-scenes look at how government works (probably all governments). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Debi Lee | 1/23/2014

    " READ 1/3 OF THIS. Didn't know most of the characters he was referring to in the campaign... "

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