Washington, DC-2018-Mark Leibovich is the chief national correspondent for The New York Times Magazine. Based in Washington, he specializes in national politics, media and profiles of figures in public life. Before joining the magazine, he was a political correspondent in The Times’s Washington bureau, where he covered, among other things, the presidential campaigns of 2008 and 2012, the Obama presidency and the so-called swamp of Washington. He is the recipient of the of the National Magazine Award for profile writing.

He came to The Times in 2006 after 10 years at The Washington Post and three at The San Jose Mercury News. He is also a contributing political analyst for CBS.

Mr. Leibovich is the author of three books, including “This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral -- Plus Plenty of Valet Parking! -- in America's Gilded Capital.” The book debuted at No. 1 on The Times’s nonfiction best-seller list in July 2013, and remained on the list for 12 weeks. He is working on a book about the National Football League.

Mr. Leibovich was born in Boston, raised in the suburbs and attended the University of Michigan. He lives in Washington.
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Join us for an in-person (and virtual)
Live Talks Los Angeles event:
Tuesday, July 19, 2022, 8pm

Mark Leibovich

in conversation with Jon Favreau

discussing his book, 
Thank You for Your Servitude: Donald Trump’s Washington and the Price of Submission
Glorya Kaufman Performing Arts Center
at Vista Del Mar 
3200 Motor Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA, 90034
(Free parking at the venue.
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$46  General Admission + signed book*

$20  General Admission 


*Your ticket includes a link to the virtual event on July 24 at 4pm PT/7pm ET.
You can purchase a virtual event only ticket here
(June 28 at 6pm PT/9pm ET, 
also includes a signed book & shipping)

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From the author of the New York Times bestseller This Town, the eyewitness account of how the GOP collaborated with Donald Trump to transform Washington’s “swamp” into a gold-plated hot tub—and a onetime party of rugged individualists into a sycophantic personality cult.
Mark Leibovich is the recipient of the National Magazine Award for profile writing. He is the author of four books, including the New York Times best-seller This Town, about the political culture of twenty-first-century Washington, D.C.  He recently joined The Atlantic, after a 10-year stint as the chief national correspondent for The New York Times Magazine. Before joining themagazine in 2012, Leibovich covered national politics in the Times’ Washington bureau. He previously worked at The Washington Post and the San Jose Mercury News. He lives with his family in Washington, D.C.
 Favreau served as Barack Obama’s head speechwriter from 2005-2013. Since leaving the White House, Favreau has written and spoken about politics and speechwriting to audiences throughout the world. In 2017, he co-founded Crooked Media, where he’s a co-host of Pod Save America and host of both Offline and The Wilderness. Jon grew up outside of Boston, graduated from the College of the Holy Cross.

In the early months of Trump’s candidacy, the Republican Party’s most important figures, people such as Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Lindsey Graham, were united—and loud—in their scorn and contempt. Even more, in their outrage: Trump was a menace and an affront to our democracy. Then, awkwardly, Trump won.
Thank You for Your Servitude
 is Mark Leibovich’s unflinching account of the moral rout of a major American political party, tracking the transformation of Rubio, Cruz, Graham, and their ilk into the administration’s chief enablers, and the swamp’s lesser lights into frantic chasers of the grift. What would these politicos do to preserve their place in the sun, or at least the orbit of the spray tan? What would they do to preserve their “relevance”? Almost anything, it turns out. Trump’s savage bullying of everyone in his circle, along with his singular command of his political base, created a dangerous culture of submission in the Republican Party. Meanwhile, many of the most alpha of the lapdogs happily conceded to Mark Leibovich that they were “in on the joke.” As Lindsey Graham told the author, his supporters in South Carolina generally don’t read The New York Times, and they won’t read this book, either. All that cynicism, shading into nihilism, led to a country truly unhinged from reality, and to the events of January 6, 2021. It’s a vista that makes the Washington of This Town seem like a comedy of manners in comparison. 
Thank You for Your Servitude isn’t another view from the Oval Office: it’s the view from the Trump Hotel. We can check out any time we want, but only time will tell if we can ever leave.