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January 6, 2014

Sunday Book Review #119 – This Town by Mark Leibovich

Filed under: Book reviews — Mike Kueber @ 9:48 pm
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This Town is a book about the dynamic relationships in Washington, D.C. among the politicians and their staffers, the influence peddlers, and the media.  I loved the book because:

  1. I find the characters in all three institutions to be fascinating, albeit the peddlers in a bad, disgusting way.
  2. Author Leibovich is exceptionally perceptive and wonderfully witty.
  3. Author Leibovich shares my sensibilities toward these characters – i.e., he is a cynical, jaded idealist.

From a personal perspective, I often feel an obligation to puncture the inflated opinion that others have about themselves or something they have done.  Leibovich does this with skill and efficiency that I can only dream of.  Most of the characters in the book seem to be afflicted with severe cases of insecurity and narcissism.  The only two that come off really well are President Obama and VP candidate Paul Ryan.  Not so much for Darrel Issa and Richard Holbrooke.  Tim Russert casts a big shadow.

Great read for all 368 pages.

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