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A SUMMARY OF MARK LEIBOVICH’S THIS TOWN: TWO PARTIES AND A FUNERAL -- PLUS, PLENTY OF VALET PARKING! -- IN AMERICA’S GILDED CAPITAL -- MARK LEIBOVICHWashington, D.C. has been described as a poli-media-corporate pigpen, where just about everyone is, has been, or will be at the trough. It is hard to tell when sentiments, emotions, and feelings are genuine. It appears that, by and large, even those expressions of sincere love and affection are really a product of self-interest and of the need to maintain appearances. An enlightening, cynical, gossipy portrayal of the DC elite – journalistic, political, and business – Mark Leibovich’s This Town is also in places hilarious. The biographical sketches of the good and the great are usually done with a cool even-handedness, describing their shortcomings and qualities. Their interactions are equally well rendered as they battle in their quests to be at the top of the pecking order. Neither the current nor the “former” (a reference to past office holders now making zillions as lobbyists) are spared from Leibovich’s humorous analysis. In this summary, you will: · Meet some DC power players who actually take advantage of high-profile funerals as the perfect networking opportunities, while outwardly displaying a somber face, of course. · Learn how even the most reform-minded outsiders become corrupted by the zeitgeist of present-day DC and the lure of money. · Meet some once idealistic Obama administration officials who were then co-opted by Washington lobbyists and corporations such as BP or Goldman Sachs. · Learn what has caused the steady drift of 21st century journalists away from investigative journalism and towards celebrity, scandal, and superficial stories with the sole purpose of generating "buzz". All this and much more! Personality-driven yet ultimately insightful and utterly engaging, This Town delivers a stunning critique – rarely delivered from a self-professed member of "The Club" such as Leibovich – of the incestuous relationships that serve only to enrich and entrench DC’s power-brokers...at the expense of any meaningful reform. FROM START-TO-FINISH IN JUST 30 MINUTES! Here's your chapter-by-chapter guide to Mark Leibovich's This Town that you can start and finish right now!
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