Tucked into the Chevy Chase neighborhood, Politics and Prose isn’t just a bookstore – it’s also the stop for your politico pals who are obsessively gearing up for the nearing election. The shop – which has hosted big names like President Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, bestselling authors and international visitors – carries everything from D.C.-themed trinkets to novels by government insiders. Whether your friends are “Feeling the Bern” or want to “Make America Great Again,” you’ll find something here for them.
“This Town: Two Parties and A Funeral – Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking! – In America’s Gilded Capital” by Mark Leibovich ‒ $16
For the ultimate inside-the-Beltway read, Leibovich’s book is like House of Cards, The West Wing and Veep rolled into one nonfiction volume.
A national correspondent for The New York Times Magazine, Leibovich offers a biting behind-the-scenes look at President Barack Obama’s first term, criticizing how D.C.’s tight-knit political scene and its biggest players operate. It’s a must-have for any aspiring politician.
“Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ‘72” by Hunter S. Thompson ‒ $17
Thompson, more famous for his drug-hazed gonzo novels, digs into the heart of the American campaign in this ride-along analysis of the 1972 presidential campaign, which pitted George McGovern, former senator from South Dakota, against former President Richard Nixon.
It’s a fascinating comparison to modern-day politics, especially as the race for who will occupy the White House next heats up.
D.C. neighborhood map poster ‒ $7.50
If you’ve got one of those friends who hopes to be president one day, you should probably help them get more familiar with the hip and historic areas outside of Foggy Bottom. With D.C.’s neighborhoods named and highlighted in white, it’s perfect for picking new spots to explore.
The trendy, purple wall hanging will complement any “Ready for Hillary” or “Jeb!” prints. Plus, if it’s good enough for a dorm room, it’s good enough for the Oval Office.