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5.0 out of 5 stars What working in Washington is REALLY like, September 22, 2009
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I'd heard about this book through friends of mine and something that leaked about it in the Washington Post this summer, and we couldn't WAIT for it to come out. So many of us come to Washington to "change the world" and so many of continue to plug away at just that, every day. What I wish more of us would do is write about what working in this town is really like. It's funny, it's scary, it's sad, it's quirky, it's frustrating, and it's awe-inspiring... all at the same time. As someone who's lived and worked in DC for the past 20 years (cripes, am I that old?), it's refreshing to read memoirs that take risks and share stories that aren't always the most flattering -- whether it's about a certain subject or the author him/herself. When I read Matt's book, I cringed at some of the things he admitted to saying, doing, and thinking, and other times, I wanted to cheer him on. I found it interesting that he didn't try to shove down our throat his own opinion about how things should work, or how he would've done things differently. Those kinds of books make me nuts. Instead, I felt like I was reading some real reporting about what his life was like -- good and bad -- in working on the Hill and in the White House. The Pentagon chapter was good, too. His writing is strong, and he really has a confident voice in his storytelling. I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to anyone who wants a good, funny book, and who wants to learn what the day-to-day life is like in Washington.
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Initial post: Sep 24, 2009 12:51:08 PM PDT
Just what I'm looking for, a book about what really happened and not talking points.

Posted on Sep 24, 2009 2:49:55 PM PDT
It's pretty clear this reviewer hasn't actually read the book. The review contains nothing of substance about the book's content.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 28, 2009 8:30:01 AM PDT
I don't see how Mr. Westgard can reach that conclusion about the review. It is possible I guess but it seems like a good review that doesn't give away the content.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 4, 2010 12:25:59 PM PDT
Susan Goewey says:
Why do you think he didn't read the book?! His review is exactly how I reacted and I read every word, wished there was more! Wondered if he'll ever work in this town again...after being so honest about the pettiness of Republicans...then realized, well he could always go back and work for John Kyle... there are politicians who value honesty, but they would have to be pretty brave knowing their bad habits might be future anecdotes in a new book.
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