Citizens of the Green Room, Mark Leibovich


Gossipy drivel about people in politics and media, which is obviously quite fun. I bought this since I quite enjoyed Leibovich’s last gossip-fest, This Town. (Review.) This one is not as good as This Town, as this more recent book is pure gossip rather than gossip you can listen to while feeling that there’s a message behind it. Possibly this assessment is wrong though, and my memories are messed up by the order in which I listened to them – maybe they’re as bad (good?) as each other.

Each chapter profiles one figure from 21st Century American politics/media, from (Hillary) Clinton to Kerry to Cheney to Edwards to Chris Matthews to Mike Allen to Rick Santorum to… everyone. And they all have flaws – some endearing (John McCain) and some pernicious (Glen Beck).

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