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This Town

Leibovich's This Town: The Tittle-Tattle Flibbertigibbet Musing of a Fashionisto Political Reporter in the Washington Beltway

Dr. Diana E. Sheets | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Dr. Diana E. Sheets

If the scandalmongering of today's political events makes us yearn for The West Wing to the extent that the simulacrum becomes our perceived reality, then, This Town stokes like "Big Blue" crystal meth.

5 Reads That Will Help Anyone Understand Washington, D.C.

Brian LaSorsa | Posted 01.23.2014 | DC
Brian LaSorsa

K Street and the Kremlin aren't invading our nation's capital. Rather, a pretty small city is being overrun by more than 600,000 people who dream of the White House.

Books for Our Times: This Town by Mark Leibovich

Carla Seaquist | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Carla Seaquist

Sadly, the book confirms our worst suspicions of how our nation's capital works -- or rather, doesn't. It also reflects a news media failing in its watchdog function. Still, there is hope beyond the book's negative portrait, about which, more later.

DC To Defy Government Shutdown

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 09.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The District of Columbia won't play along with a government shutdown if Congress fails to pass a basic spending bill by Monday night, Ma...

This Town, My Town, My Loss

Nancy Doyle Palmer | Posted 11.04.2013 | Books
Nancy Doyle Palmer

I wanted to enjoy This Town and I think Mark Leibovich has talent and insight. I promise I tried. But I worry about the tone, intent and soul of a book like this. Probably because the place I find myself these days makes me see things differently.

Jason Linkins

Welcome To 'This Town,' Sally Quinn!

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.29.2013 | Politics

Yesterday, the pointless Howard Kurtz published a pointless item on a Washington, D.C. yoga instructor named Pari Bradlee. There was no reason for him...

O Little Town of Washington

Michael Winship | Posted 10.26.2013 | Politics
Michael Winship

As was said of Philadelphia's founding Quakers, many may have come to Washington to do good but did well. Very well indeed. Yet with many of them, Leibovich claims, it comes "with a desperation that, to me, is the most compelling part of the Washington story, whether now or before: it is a spinning stew of human need."

A Review of This Town by Mark Leibovich Or a Better Title: 'Mark Knows Best!'

Elizabeth Birch | Posted 10.23.2013 | Books
Elizabeth Birch

Listen, I know this Mark guy seems to be gifted at peering into the souls of others --- even better than Bush gazing into Putin, but this book serves no useful purpose. It is cynical and mean.

Cash and Congress: The Tie That Binds

Michael Winship | Posted 10.19.2013 | Politics
Michael Winship

Despite what you've heard, the spirit of bipartisanship in Washington is not dead. Simply look past the vitriol, bombast and gridlock, then listen for the ka-ching of the nearest cash register, made flesh by friendly lobbyists and special interests.

Summer Reading

Michael Drew | Posted 10.14.2013 | Books
Michael Drew

I'm all for saying read what you want (but I'll also add that everyone should buy my authors' books, too, and I hope these books get read as well as bought).

Public Citizens in Our Towns

Joel K. Goldstein | Posted 10.07.2013 | Politics
Joel K. Goldstein

We would benefit if more public servants decided to spend their retirements in our towns, rather than in this town, and to follow the models of Tom Eagleton, Walter Mondale and John Danforth and others who have returned home to be public citizens.

WATCH: Mark Leibovich, 'This Town' Author, Dishes On How He Gets The D.C. Scoop

Huffington Post | Alexandra Schuster | Posted 07.30.2013 | Books

An inside look at what really goes on in D.C. never gets old for political junkies and haters alike. And "This Town" author Mark Leibovich, whose resu...

Jason Linkins

Politico's Article On The Aftermath Of 'This Town' Is Sofa King Dumb

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.18.2013 | Politics

It is impossible to overstate just how idiotic Politico’s latest piece on New York Times reporter Mark Leibovich's new book, “‘This Town’ ratt...

Michael Calderone

New York Times Writer's Book On Powerful Media Ignores The Times

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael Calderone | Posted 07.17.2013 | Media

NEW YORK -– When the Obama administration rolled into Washington in 2009, The New York Times once again found itself in the mix. It had been tough f...

This Town: Inside D.C.'s Unbreakable Scum Cycle

Simon Maloy | Posted 09.15.2013 | DC
Simon Maloy

The people inside the bubble act without shame and are perfectly comfortable knowing that their peers within the bubble know what's up. But they're also terrified that their incestuous rituals will become the stuff of headlines.

Friday Talking Points -- Drop The Nuke, Harry!

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Go ahead and drop that nuke, Harry! Start approving President Obama's nominees, as the Constitution says you are supposed to. Republicans will be Republicans no matter what you do, and you've already been suckered twice by "handshake agreements" that they won't.

In Defense of D.C. Food

Sam Hiersteiner | Posted 09.11.2013 | DC
Sam Hiersteiner

Mark Furstenberg's recent piece in the Washington Post Magazine, titled " What's Missing From D.C.'s Food Scene. A lot.," seems like it would have been a better commentary on the city if it had been published a decade ago.

This Town Has Good Food, So Take This Sandwich And Shove It, New York Times

The Huffington Post | Will Wrigley | Posted 07.09.2013 | DC

You can mock the politicians who live on hypocrisy in D.C., condemn the awful drivers with their showy cars who participate in a twice-daily snail rac...

Jason Linkins

Beltway Insiders Saved By 'Unauthorized Index' Of Mark Leibovich's Book

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 07.05.2013 | Politics

Anytime a popular book about national politics or the Beltway's political culture is penned, the first thing that all of the terrible people in Washin...

Hillary Clinton: '[Expletive] The White House Correspondents' Dinner'

The Huffington Post | Posted 07.03.2013 | Politics

The Washington Post reviewed Mark Leibovich's upcoming book, "This Town," on Wednesday, revealing that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton didn't ...

Washington Elite Obsessed With Book On DC Self-Obsession

Michael Calderone | Posted 06.27.2013 | Media
Michael Calderone

Washington's elite are obsessed with forthcoming book about DC self-obsession.

Jason Linkins

Politico Grouses About Forthcoming Book In The Most 'Beltway Insider' Article Ever Written

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.26.2013 | Politics

Okay, so bear with me because this is going to be complicated and maybe not that interesting to any of you. Way back in 2010, Mark Leibovich wrote...