This Town by Mark Leibovich

June 2008

Tim Russert is dead. But the room was alive.

You can't work it too hard at a memorial service, obviously. It's the kind of thing people notice. But the big-ticket Washington departure rite can be such a great networking opportunity. You can almost feel the ardor behind the solemn faces: lucky stampedes of power mourners, about two thousand of them, wearing out the red-carpeted aisles of the Kennedy Center."

::: It's an ugly truth, isn't it? :::

Would you read this book?


LoveBites AndSilk said...

Is is any wonder very few people like politicians? Great opener.


(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I'm not sure about that intro, but something about makes me curious for me...LOL

Hope you like this one.

Beth F said...

It is an ugly truth!

Juli Rahel said...

I always had those mixed feelings at funerals as well, on a different level. It is obviously an incredible sad thing, but you get to see family you haven't seen in so long and you just want to enjoy your time with them! Great choice! Thanks for sharing :)
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Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

You have piqued my interest! Thanks for sharing and enjoy.

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Anonymous said...

I'm wondering if this first paragraph is about Tim Russert's funeral? I remember watching him on the news and he was very likeable. On a broader scale, I am assuming this is a non-fiction about Washington DC. Not sure if I would read it, but perhaps if I was in the right frame of mind for this subject. Thanks!

Pat @ Posting For Now said...

Not sure if I would continue with this one. I think I'd have to read more about the book.

kelley jensen said...

the beginning is good, I'd read on. I hope you enjoy your book. kelley—the road goes ever ever on

Margot said...

I like the way this story opens. There's just enough tease to make me think there's good gossip here. Yes, I'd keep reading.

Sarah (Sarah's Book Shelves) said...

This sounds intriguing! I like the snarkiness of the intro! I'm going to look this one up on Amazon.

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Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Yes, the idea of a memorial service as a "networking opportunity" is so chilling. This book sounds intriguing. Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “SMALL BLESSINGS”

Sandra Nachlinger said...

The opening is intriguing, but I'd have to be in the right mood to read this. Sounds like it could be thought-provoking and funny too.
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Fiza Halliwell said...

Great opening but the political aspect does scare me a bit.

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Claudia {Sparrowhawk} said...

Yes, it is an ugly truth. I get enough political entertainment with the ridiculous media we get here and there. I am not sure I would read a political book, but thanks for sharing with us! :)

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Elizabeth said...

Not nice to use a memorial service as a time for networking.

I love the first lines, though. Very attention getting.

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Katherine P said...

Oh this sounds interesting. Definitely an ugly truth! I'll definitely have to look for more info on this one. Thanks for sharing!

Tea norman said...

Yes, I would read it. When I see memorial services of the very rich and famous, especially political people walking in the cathedral, I think about how it must feel to walk beside, behind these people who make our society work. Wonder what it does feel like. It must feel other worldly for Carter and Clinton to sit next to one another.