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Mark Leibovich new book is “Thank You for Your Servitude”
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.
Mark is a recipient of the National Magazine Award for profile writing. He is the author of four books, including the number one New York Times bestseller This Town, about the political culture of twenty-first-century Washington, D.C. He recently joined The Atlantic, after a ten-year stint as chief national correspondent for The New York Times Magazine. Before arriving at the magazine 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.
Ari Rabin-Havt is a photographer, author, and veteran of numerous political campaigns and organizations. Rabin-Havt served as deputy campaign manager on Senator Bernie Sanders’s 2020 presidential campaign and was a Sanders aide from 2017 to 2021. Prior to working for Sanders he was host of The Agenda, a national radio show airing Monday through Friday on SiriusXM and served as an advisor to Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, John Kerry and former vice president Al Gore among others. His writing has appeared in the Washington Post, Jacobin Magazine, The American Prospect, The New Republic and other publications. He has been a guest on CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, and Al Jazeera. Ari is a PADI Dive Master and an avid scuba diver who enjoys photographing large apex predators in their natural habitat.