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Mark Leibovich's 'This Town' captures Washington's 'me' generation
Mark Leibovich's 'This Town' captures Washington's 'me' generation

Political scientist Louis Brownlow once famously lauded Franklin D. Roosevelt's advisors' "passion for anonymity." Gone are the days. Today's Washington operatives more closely resemble Norma Desmond in "Sunset Blvd." — characters consumed by their own stardom, however pretend, always "ready for my close-up." These are the personalities and the city Mark Leibovich describes in "This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral — Plus Plenty of Valet Parking! — in America's Gilded Capital." "This Town," he writes, is a place where "self-pimping has become the prevailing social and business imperative,"...

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