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POLITICAL FOOTBALL

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT TURNS TO THE NFL? BEHIND THE SHIELD, IT TURNS OUT, AMERICA'S FAVORITE LEAGUE LOOKS A LOT LIKE A SWAMP
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BIG GAME

By Mark Leibovich, out on Sept. 4

The National Football League is more political than ever. So when longtime Washington scribe Mark Leibovich decided to write a book about the NFL, the author and subject made for a natural pair. Big Game, an illuminating, irreverent look inside what Leibovich calls a "beautiful s---show of a league," pulls back the curtain on the league's power brokers and examines how a once-revered institution became so polarizing.

Like This Town, Leibovich's 2013 evisceration of D.C., Big Game is unsparing and hilarious in its portrayal of powerful men and their egos. (On Jets owner Woody Johnson: "He is like an overgrown third-grader who collects toy trains and rotten quarterbacks.") The NFL, the author writes, resembles a "swamp." Sound familiar?

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