, first published in 1988, is like a modern version of Machiavelli's The Prince
, only much more richly illustrated, with anecdotes drawn from talk-show host Chris Matthews's stint as a congressional staffer (where he worked for, among others, renowned Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill). Discussing such basic principles as "It's not who you know; it's who you get to know" and "Don't get mad, don't get even--get ahead," Matthews not only dishes out choice Washington insider info, he has over the years inspired many readers to apply his principles for political success to their own professional lives.
The Wall Street Journal 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.
Stephen Stark The Washington Post 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.
George F. Will Matthews is half Huck Finn and half Machiavelli in this exuberant guide to the great game of politics.
Christopher Lehmann-Haupt The New York Times Savvy and amusing...Fresh and original.
Ben Bradlee author of A Good Life and Conversations with Kennedy Christopher Matthews writes about politics with relish -- the way sports writers cover boxing.
Hendrik Hertzberg Senior Editor, The New Yorker People will be quoting Hardball as long as the game of politics is played.
Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill, Jr. The best in the business!
Sam Donaldson 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.
William Safire Chris Matthews hits a political homer with Hardball. For political sagacity and humor, this ranks with the work of George Washington Plunkitt.
Tim Russert 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!