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Tim Russert is dead. But the room was alive.

Big ticket Washington funerals can make such great networking opportunities. Power mourners keep stampeding down the red carpets of the Kennedy Center, handing out business cards, touching base. And there is no time to waste in a gold rush, even (or especially) at a solemn tribal event like this.

Washington 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. That is the grubby secret of the place in the twenty-first century. You will always have lunch in again. No matter how many elections you lose, apologies you make, or scandals you endure.

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 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 the capital with the same ease with which Tea Party insurgents can, once elected, settle into it like a warm bath.

Outrageous, fascinating, and destined to win Leibovich a whole host of, er, new friends, This Town is must reading, whether you’re inside the Beltway—or just trying to get there.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Many decades from now, a historian looking at where America lost its way could use This Town as a primary source.”

    Fareed Zakaria, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Provides a lancing, often hysterically funny portrait of the capital’s vanities and ambitions.”

    New Yorker

  • “[Leibovich] adduces four serious…shifts that have taken place over the last forty years. Combined, they make This Town read like the endgame chapters of Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. In addition to his reporting talents, Leibovich is a writer of excellent zest. At times, this book is laugh-out-loud (as well as weep-out-loud). He is an exuberant writer, even as his reporting leaves one reaching for the Xanax.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “[Leibovich] is a master of the political profile…This Town is as insidery as Game Change.”

    Washington Post

  • “Leibovich delivers the reportorial goods. He is in all the parties and supplies a wildly entertaining anthropological tour.”

    New York magazine

  • “A rollicking, if disconcerting, read.”

    Denver Post

  • “Like a modern-day Balzac to US capital power players…hilarious…perceptive.”

    Financial Times

  • “Leibovich has written a very funny book about how horrible his industry can be… Uncommonly honest.”


  • “In this muckraking tell-all, which would be as darkly funny as it’s billed to be if it weren’t all true, Leibovich depicts a shameless place where funerals are for networking, disgraced aides come out ahead, and getting one’s name in print is what matters.”

    Library Journal

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  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • A #1 Washington Post bestseller
  • A #1 Los Angeles Times Bestseller
  • One of the New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for 2013
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