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Little Martha – Rick McCargar
This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral-Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking!-in America’s Gilded Capital
The #1 New York Times and Washington Post bestseller
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—This Town—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 This Town 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 Hill 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 This Town 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.
I’ve just ordered this book after seeing the author interviewed here:
Anyone else tired of the our country being run by people who seem to have little connection to the rest of us?
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I didn’t really understand this being an Australian but I did find it interesting the American openess to the concept of lobbying. In Australia the same big end of town influences are present but not the labeling and awareness.
We want them to identify themselves, though I don’t think it makes any difference.
This book is meant to point out that our “leaders,” not only don’t care about us, they often despise us.
Quite a few good interviews with the author available online, and I posted one with this blog-post.
I vaguely remember a story about a Nordic princess who rebelled against her parents when she revealed to the press a story how the king when riding in his royal carriage used to wave to his subjects with one hand and gave them the fingers with the other behind the carriage door.
Doesn’t that sound just about right?!?