Hardball, 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.
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."
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I think this book is great and I'm very glad I was to read it do the summer I really liked going in depth with politics.Published 3 days ago by hill hill
As always, Mr. Matthews is easy to read and follow. A great read for anyone who lkes real politics and how it really works. Great story by a great storytellerPublished 22 days ago by Fred Bostic
This book was by far the best coaster I have ever purchased. Even as a soft cover it provides great support for up to six glasses at once. Read morePublished 28 days ago by m. name
I'm a conservative and liked this book a lot. Chris Matthews is totally non partisan in it and he is a political veteran with a unique perspective, which allowed me to learn so... Read morePublished 1 month ago by gwash
It's a good book, even if you're not into politics. It teaches not only about how politics is played, but also useful life lessons. I recommend this to young adults. Read morePublished 2 months ago by aleoespitia
Great book. Chris Mathews is witty, clever and entertaining. All of his work is informative,
and scholarly. Read more
Though the book has 1 1988 copyright date, the information is essentially timeless. It could have been written as a weekend conference hosting Prince Machiavelli, King Solomon, Sun... Read morePublished 3 months ago by M. P. Henley