Which Defense Officials, Lawmakers Made New Washington Tell-All Book?

(Photo: Penguin Books)

Washington loves a tell-all book. Washington also loves a book that “exposes” all the things about Washington that everyone (allegedly) finds distasteful.

One of those distasteful things is the so-called “Washington read,” the practice of allegedly egotistical, self-centered D.C.-types who immediately flip to the index to find out if they’re in the tell-all.

Journalist and author Mark Leibovich’s new title, “This Town,” is all about all of the above. But minus the index. Leibovich, reportedly, opted against playing into the very kind of behavior his own book “exposes.”

Enter the Washington Post, which decided to give its readers what they so crave — and maybe deliver a jab to an employee of its top rival, the New York Times (Leibovich). The Post built an unofficial “This Town index. (Full disclosure: Intercepts didn’t actually purchase the book. But we’re sure glad the Washington Post did, and that our friends on 15th St. NW built an unofficial index.)

We took the Post’s fine and meticulous work and tailored a list for Intercepts readers. Click “more” to see our consolidation of the Post’s index of Leibovich’s book, which shows where to read passages about former commanders in chief, defense secretaries, key lawmakers, and other defense/national security officials.

Allen, Mike ch. 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
al-Assad, Bashar ch. 8
Albright, Madeleine prologue, ch. 9
Aspin , Les ch. 9
Boxer, Barbara ch. 3
Broadwell, Paula ch. 13
Bush, George W prologue, ch. 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13
Bush, George H. W. prologue, ch. 2, 4, 11, epilogue
Byrd, Robert ch. 3
Cardin, Ben ch. 13
Carter, Jimmy ch. 2, 6
Cheney, Dick prologue, ch. 3, 6, 8, 11
Clinton, Bill prologue, ch. 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, epilogue
Clinton, Hillary prologue, ch. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 11, 12, epilogue
Coburn, Tom prologue, ch. 3
Collins, Susan ch. 3, 7, 8
Donilon, Tom ch. 9
Feinstein, Dianne ch. 3
Ford, Gerald ch. 2, 11
Gates, Robert ch. 10
Glasser, Susan ch. 9
Graham, Lindsey prologue
Hagan, Kay ch. 13
Holbrooke, Richard ch. 9, 14
Hussein, Saddam ch. 2
Inouye, Daniel ch. 14
Johnson, Lyndon ch. 9
Johnson, Joel ch. 13
Jones, James ch. 9
Kennan, George F. ch. 9
Kennedy, John F. prologue, ch. 4, 8, 14
Kerry, John ch. 3, 11, 13, epilogue
Kissinger, Henry ch. 4, 5, 9
Kristol, William ch. 2, 5, 12, 13
Landrieu, Mary ch. 3
Lieberman, Joe ch. 3, 4, 6, 12
Lincoln, Abraham ch. 2
Lynn, Bill ch. 2
Manchin III, Joe ch. 3
Martin, Lockheed ch. 6
McCain, John prologue, ch. 1, 2, 4, 11, 12, 13, 14
McCaskill, Claire ch. 3
McChrystal, Stanley ch. 6
McConnell, Mitch ch. 3
Mitchell, George ch. 3
Morrell, Geoff ch. 10
Mullen, Mike ch. 9
Musharraf, Pervez ch. 12
Nixon, Richard ch. 4, 5, 1
North, Oliver ch. 6
Obama, Barack prologue, ch. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, epilogue
Orszag, Peter ch. 2, 6, 10, 12
Petraeus, David ch. 13
Petraeus, Holly ch. 13
Powell, Colin prologue, ch. 6, 9, 14, epilogue
Power, Samantha ch. 9
Reagan, Ronald prologue, ch. 1, 2, 4, 6, 8
Reid, Harry ch. 3, 7, 8, 11, 12
Rhodes, Ben ch. 2
Rice, Susan ch. 14
Rice, Condoleezza prologue, ch. 2
Roosevelt, Franklin Delano ch. 2
Roosevelt, Theodore ch. 4
Ryan, Paul ch. 7, 8, 12
Senor, Dan ch. 12
Shultz, George ch. 2
Talent, Jim ch. 11
Vietor, Tommy ch. 5
Wolfowitz, Paul ch. 4
Woodward, Bob ch. 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 14
Wyden, Ron ch. 3

John T. Bennett

John T. Bennett

Bennett is the Editor of Defense News' CongressWatch channel. He has a Masters degree in Global Security Studies from Johns Hopkins University.
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