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Hardball : How Politics is Played, Told by One Who Knows the Game - Christopher Matthews


How Politics is Played, Told by One Who Knows the Game

Paperback Published: 1st October 1999
ISBN: 9780684845593
Number Of Pages: 240

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How politics is played by one who knows the game...

Chris Matthews has spent a quarter century on the playing field of American politics -- from righthand man of Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill to host of NBC's highest rated cable talk show "Hardball." In this revised and updated edition of his political classic, he offers fascinating new stories of raw ambition, brutal rivalry, and exquisite seduction and reveals the inside rules that govern the game of power.

Industry Reviews

"Matthews is half Huck Finn and half Machiavelli in this exuberant guide to the great game of politics."--George F. Will "Savvy and amusing. . . . Fresh and original."--Christopher Lehmann-Haupt "The New York Times " "The best in the business!"--Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill, Jr. "Brilliant! God may take care of fools, drunks and the United States, but Chris Matthews has the goods on how Washington politicians take care of the rest of us."--Sam Donaldson "In Washington, everyone says they 'practice' politics, and 'develop' policy. But to succeed they know they must 'play hardball.' This book smartly captures that central truth!"--Tim Russert "Christopher Matthews writes about politics with relish--the way sports writers cover boxing."--Ben Bradlee "author of A Good Life and Conversations with Kennedy " "Chris Matthews hits a political homer with Hardball. For political sagacity and humor, this ranks with the work of George Washington Plunkitt."--William Safire "People will be quoting Hardball as long as the game of politics is played."--Hendrik Hertzberg "The New Yorker " "Every so often a writer reads a book so incisive and so good that when he finally puts it down he says, 'Damn, I wish I had written this.' I just finished Christopher Matthews' Hardball. And damn, I wish I had written this."--Stephen Stark "The Washington Post " "A thoroughly entertaining book about modern-day American politics and how it's played. . . . Hardball is a must-read textbook that should be read with a marker."--The Wall Street Journal

Introductionp. 13
Alliancesp. 21
It's Not Who You Know; It's Who You Get to Knowp. 23
"All Politics Is Local"p. 47
It's Better to Receive Than to Givep. 62
"Dance with the One That Brung Ya"p. 76
Enemiesp. 89
Keep Your Enemies in Front of Youp. 91
Don't Get Mad; Don't Get Even; Get-Aheadp. 105
Leave No Shot Unansweredp. 116
Dealsp. 131
"Only Talk When It Improves the Silence"p. 133
Always Concede on Principlep. 145
Reputationsp. 153
Hang a Lantern on Your Problemp. 155
Spin!p. 168
"The Press Is the Enemy"p. 181
The Reputation of Powerp. 192
Positioningp. 209
Perspectivep. 223
Indexp. 225
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ISBN: 9780684845593
ISBN-10: 0684845598
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st October 1999
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 13.97  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.2
Edition Number: 1