Summary

Washington, DC: its a hell of a town. Just ask Leibovich, a New York Times political feature correspondent based there. In this muckraking tell-all, which would be as darkly funny as its billed to be if it werent all true, Leibovich depicts a shameless place where funerals are for networking, disgraced aides come out ahead, and getting ones name in print is what matters. Embargoed until publication date, after which Leibovich will have to get out of town.


 One of the nation’s most acclaimed journalists, The New York Times’s Mark Leibovich, presents a blistering, penetrating, jaw-dropping—and often hysterical—look at Washington’s incestuous “media industrial complex.”
 
The great thing about Washington is no matter how many elections you lose, how many times you’re indicted, how many scandals you’ve been tainted by, well, the great thing is you can always eat lunch in that town again. What keeps the permanent government spinning on its carousel is the freedom of shamelessness, and that mother’s milk of politics, cash.

In Mark Leibovich’s remarkable look at the way things really work in D.C., a funeral for a beloved television star becomes the perfect networking platform, a disgraced political aide can emerge with more power than his boss, campaign losers befriend their vanquishers (and make more money than ever!), “conflict of interest” is a term lost in translation, political reporters are fetishized and worshipped for their ability to get one’s name in print, and, well—we’re all really friends, aren’t we?

What Julia Phillips did for Hollywood, Timothy Crouse did for journalists, and Michael Lewis did for Wall Street, Mark Leibovich does for our nation’s capital.