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Hardball: How Politics Is Played--Told by One Who Knows the Game Hardcover – Large Print, May 1, 1988


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  • Series: Hardball
  • Hardcover: 233 pages
  • Publisher: Summit Books; First Edition edition (May 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671631608
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671631604
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #653,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A former Senate aide, presidential speech writer and assistant to Tip O'Neill, Matthews here offers an entertaining view of Washington politics. He covers much the same ground as Hedrick Smith's The Power Game but writes more informally and with amused tolerance of "the true believers in the power of political self-interest." The anecdotes illuminate rules for success in playing hardball, which Matthews defines as "clean, aggressive Machiavellian politics": keep your enemies in front of you. A Reagan example of savvy is among the most vivid: the president's remark during the debates with Mondale that he would not exploit for political purposes "his opponent's youth and inexperience." Matthews, who writes a column for the San Francisco Chronicle, turns unexpectedly stern in his discussion of a third rule: the press is the enemy. "Like policemen, they are always on duty. Don't trust any of them."
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 22, 1999
Format: Paperback
I am a college freshman that has always been interested in the public service field. I stumbled upon this book, and have been riding on a high horse ever since. I have since read this book at least six more times. Break out your highlighters cause you will be using them. FANTASTIC book. Nothing more can be said. FANTASTIC.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 26, 1998
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Although Hardball appears to be about politics, it really is a book about dealing with people and conflicts. Practical advice with vivid and entertaining examples from American politics make it a must-read for individuals working in business, academics, or bureaucracies. Important chapters include "Keep your enemies in front of you", "Don't get mad, don't get even, get ahead", and "Hang a lantern on your problem." If you have problems with your boss, co-workers, or competitors, positive and clever approaches are given in thought-provoking real-life anecdotes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David on October 14, 1999
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Have always enjoyed Chris Matthews show, "Hardball", on CNBC. His writting is just as good. His advice will work in both a political and/or business setting. This book will also help you understand some of the details of what actually goes on in Washington as well as help you offering great wisdom that will help you progress up the ladder at the office. He uses great examples to get his points across. It was a pleasure to read and will be in my library for a long time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 21, 1998
Format: Hardcover
A series of recommendations for surviving in the jungle of politics that is applicable to business,academics,etc. Chapters include "Don't get mad, don't get even, get ahead" in how to deal with enemeies, It's not who know, it's who you get to know" in forming alliances. This short readable book is embellished with ancedotes from the American political scene 1970-80's.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By TK on February 16, 1999
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For an undergraduate Political Science major, there is no better piece of literature to teach the truth of the political scene in America. Through intriguing and often comedic anecdotes, Matthews lays out how politicians operate, how to get things done and how to make the right friends in any political field. Easy to read and follow, Hardball evokes an interest in the reader that makes it hard to put down. Matthews opens the introduction with the statement that it is not a civics book; after reading it, it is obvious that Hardball does something that no civics book can. It creates a genuine interest through honest truth.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 2, 1999
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What a book! I wasn't crazy about Chris Matthews before reading the book, but now who cares? I think it would be hard to find another book so packed with meaningful tips on how to play the political game and excellent examples of people using those strategies in brilliant ways. But this is definitely not a book only for those into politics. Although nearly all the examples are political in nature, the point is well made that this is information we can all use in our daily interactions with people. Read this more than once, highlight it, cherish it. Share it with your friends, but keep it from your enemies! What a book!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary H. on July 28, 2013
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Chris Matthews writes so well. He informs and entertains the readers as he guides them through the maze of understanding how our politics is played.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan B Robinson on May 9, 2013
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a Hardcover is so much nicer than a paperback and I like rescuing older books that might end up in landfills
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