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'This Town': D.C. awaits book's tales of big shots and ultimate insiders

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(Read caption) "This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral – Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking! – in America's Gilded Capital" goes on sale July 16. Author Mark Leibovich is The New York Times Magazine chief national correspondent. He has also worked at The Washington Post, The San Jose Mercury News, and The Boston Phoenix.

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Summer is reading season for vacationers, and as the nation’s capital clears out next month for its annual August sabbatical, there’s no doubt that most Washingtonians will tuck one book in particular into their beach bags and backpacks. If they haven’t already snagged an advance copy, as notables are wont to do, and set out for a marathon read.

"This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral – Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking! – in America’s Gilded Capital," by New York Times Magazine chief national correspondent Mark Leibovich, skewers the inappropriately chummy, often insufferable incestuousness that is Washington today. It was a book so feared before publication that Politico, the city’s online chronicler of every tick and tock, did “some reporting on his reporting” several months ahead of its release, which is scheduled for next week.

The New Republic – in classic Washington fashion – then wrote that Politico's scribes were simply trying “to kneecap a writer whose upcoming revelations may well depict them as the people that they are: obsessive insiders who are obsessed with insiderism.”

This is, of course, a prime exhibit of why just such a book is necessary, The New Republic concludes.


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