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All Politics is Local: And Other Rules of the Game Paperback – January, 1995

ISBN-13: 978-1558504707 ISBN-10: 1558504702

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media Corporation (January 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558504702
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558504707
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,277,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In this day of cookie-cutter, blow-dried political candidates, it's refreshing to recall the rules of the game with a master politician. Former Speaker of the House O'Neill ( Man of the House ) and Hymel, his former press secretary, here compile a primer for the campaigner. O'Neill knows how to humanize the political process. He provides us with wonderful anecdotes: from LBJ riding a police horse in downtown Boston to how Harry Truman became a U.S. Senator (Missouri political boss Tom Pendergast thought Truman "wasn't smart enough" to be a county assessor). "For me," writes O'Neill, "politics always was about values combined with instincts. Put those together and you get a rule." Among his rules are these: no contribution is too small; never get introduced to the crowd at a sporting event, only boos will ensue; to be a successful public speaker, memorize poetry; avoid bunk; remember names; tip well. O'Neill is also outspoken on diverse topics ranging from term limits to whiskey. A book that all 535 members of Congress should be made to read. Author tour.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Library Journal

A kind of "junior Reader's Digest" version of O'Neill's popular political memoir, Man of the House ( LJ 10/15/87), this personalized political primer boils down many of the entertaining true and apocryphal stories from the first book to bare-bones incidents and one-line lessons; no story runs more than three pages, and many are shorter. In these anecdotes about his own experiences and those of the politically famous (such as Truman, JFK, LBJ, and Reagan), O'Neill treats politics both as a game during which he must outwit opponents and as a serious vocation whose purpose is to serve his constituents. Always straightforward and occasionally funny (but not as often as he wants to be), the former Speaker of the House serves up a platter of trite homilies and political folk wisdom that have served him very well: "Be in the right place at the right time," "never criticize the family of an opponent," "in politics, your word is everything," "don't forget the people who elected you"--and "keep your speeches short." He did here, and very few readers will fail to get his messages.
- Jack Forman, Mesa Coll. Lib., San Diego
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mike B. on December 9, 2001
Format: Paperback
O'Neill displays his vast wit and wisdom in an entertaining series of stories from his political career and life. Politics may seem complicated and confusing at times but the former Speaker proves that the game is played on a short list of general rules that should always be followed. As one reviewer said, it makes for good bathroom reading with its short, entertaining stories.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "violet467" on January 6, 2003
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed reading this book even though I had to do a report on it. The main point of the book was to show that politics is about one's values combined with instincts; it is basically one's common sense. Some implications were: Though many candidates think it is essential to use the new campaigning and advertising strategies and technology to raise money, it is also important to remember that if the candidate and his issues find favor in the people's eyes, then many would gladly provide financial support when they are simply asked to. If one is loving and honest towards his constituents then his constituents will be honest and loving towards him. If you have clout and use it then many times you can even convince your most powerful opponents to take your side.
I believe the author's thesis to be true because politics is all about how well you know how to deal with people and the right thing to say at the right time, and that is basically what common sense is. Of course reputation, clout, and money are very influential, but if you are a good at politics and have good common sense, those will come in due time. I would recommend this book because it offers a different perspective than what government books give you. All Politics is Local and other rules of the game provides common sense that people interested in politics should know.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John P. Rooney on August 31, 2006
Format: Paperback
"All Politics Is Local" by Tip O' Neill, with Gary Hymel

Published by Bob Adams Inc. Holbrook, Ma 1994.

This small book has not been given enough respect by my fellow Amazon reviewers. Tip O'Neill, (D, Massachusetts) has compiled a concise compendium of anecdotes dealing with his sixty years experience in politics. The very definition of anecdote requires a short and condensed story making a point. Tip O'Neil, former Speaker of the House, has done just that: provided many miniature stories that succinctly illustrate a point.

As Speaker of the House of Representatives, Tip O'Neill received more popular votes than anybody except the President and the Vice President. The President is elected by popular votes by way of the Electoral College while the House Speaker is elected by popular votes by way of the House of Representatives. This, alone, should be reason enough to study this book on politics.

I was given this book by my son for Father's Day, 1997, and ever since then I have been "sensitive" to the term, "All Politics Is Local". I suggest to my fellow reviewers that they count how many times generals and TV commentators use the term, "All Politics Is Local" when they are describing the nation building efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Further, this book should be read again and again by the 535 members of Congress. Example: On page 162, Mr. O'Neill tells about Fr. Robert Drinan, S. J., being concerned about wearing his Roman collar on the floor of the House. Tip O' Neill recommended to the priest-congressman that he just be himself and walk around with his collar. Don't you think that the current Speaker of the House, R. Dennis Hastert, (R. Illinois) would have profited from reading that anecdote?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Peter Ingemi VINE VOICE on June 18, 2001
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One of the biggest regrets of my life was not taking a day off from work when Tip was signing copies of this book. He died two weeks later. If you love a good story, a tall tale and a bit of blarney this book is for you. Short on story length but long on wisdom. You have to be a real toughie to not enjoy the tales and lessons within. Buy it and read it and see if the pols of today have learned anything.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 7, 2001
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I am a conservative Republican who loved this book. Folks of all political persuasions can appreciate the lessons and stories as told by one of the brightest, funniest, and most talented politicians of the century. If you even suspect that you might have an interest political life, by all means read it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert Scheib on June 2, 2000
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This slim collection of one-and-two-page anecdotes barely qualifies as a book at all. Nor does it make up in profundity what it lacks in heft--the "lessons" that O'Neill gives to each of his stories seem artificial and forced, something his publishers nagged him into doing. But the stories themselves are great--arrogant politicians (often O'Neill himself) get their comeuppance, feisty constituents show their mettle, stupid election strategies win, smart ones fail. This is a great bathroom book.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Matt Lewis on March 17, 2005
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Whether knocking on doors or meeting folks at the county fair, the best way to persuade people is the personal way. In this short but sweet book, former Speaker of the House Tip O'Neil shares a lifetime of stories to illustrate this important lesson. Even if you aren't an avid reader, you'll find it difficult to put this book down.
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By Luz P.Oandasan on October 25, 2014
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