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Both right and left revile “the swamp,” but Sarah Chayes is the first to provide a gripping and lucid—to say nothing of brave—account of how sophisticated self-dealing networks of every stripe are rigging the rules and poisoning our politics. If you want to save America, this might just be the most important book to read now.

—Nancy MacLean, author of Democracy in Chains

Photo: Kaveh Sardari
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"I can’t imagine a more important book for our time."
―Sebastian Junger

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"Her commitment...pulses on every page."

-- Steve Coll

Thieves of State

The Punishment of Virtue