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Boston Globe reporter Farrell's biography of Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill (1912-1994) is much like the subject himself: large, rambling, sentimental and thoroughly fascinating. Farrell, a winner of a George Polk Award, traces O'Neill's career from its beginning in the 1930s in the rough-and-tumble world of Boston politics to his ascendancy to Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives in 1977. O'Neill was often seen as a genial bear of a man, and Farrell shows that beneath this surface lay a complex personality built of equal parts insecurities and a sharp, pragmatic intellect. Yet O'Neill never wavered in his beliefs that "all politics is local" and that New Deal-style government programs could help the folks back in the district live better lives. O'Neill's career is, then, intertwined with the once basic Democratic ideal of activist government. Greatness came late in O'Neill's life, when as Speaker, he faced off against another genial Irish politician, Ronald Reagan. If Reagan sought to bring to a close the New Deal legacy, O'Neill sought to save it. And if the Reagan Revolution won, O'Neill, contends Farrell, softened its effects, made it less severe and more humane, and made himself a folk hero in the process. With wonderful detailDfrom describing ward politics in Boston to deal making in CongressDO'Neill's story is also the story of America in the past half-century, and the tale is thoroughly mesmerizing. Illus. not seen by PW. (Mar. 21) Forecast: While this tome is hefty, Farrell's highly accessible writing style and a continued fascination among the public with O'Neill should garner a large audience for this book, especially but not only in his home state of Massachusetts (the late congressman's 1987 memoir sold 360,000 copies).
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While politicians have been characterized as mere horse traders, there are occasional statesmen like Tip O'Neill, Speaker of the House of Representatives from 1977 to 1987, an era of dramatic reform. Reacting to the Watergate scandal, liberals shaped the House into the most democratic political institution in the chamber's history, curbing the speaker's powers in the process. O'Neill, the Boston politician who had replaced Jack Kennedy when the latter moved to the Senate, climbed the leadership ladder like many others. But unlike other speakers, O'Neill also became a national leader. Farrell, an award-winning White House correspondent for the Boston Globe, manages not only to capture O'Neill's inner motivations but also to convey the intricate environment of the unwieldy modern House. Beautifully written, lively, and highly informative, this book excels not only as the best available biography of O'Neill but also as the most readable book for those who want to understand modern Congress. Political junkies will savor it, the public will learn from it, and academics will want to use it in their classrooms, especially when it becomes available in paperback.DWilliam D. Pederson, Louisiana State Univ., Shreveport
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Having grown up in the Boston area, been directly effected by some of legislation passed while O'Neill was in the House, and familiar with many of the names from that era, I found... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Leonard Aubrey
Good if you like your politics the old-fashiond way - before they went to Hell in a hand basket.Published 3 months ago by George B. Upton
John Farrell has written a fantastic biography of Tip O'Neill. Too many biographies are dry and gloss over important historical details only to get bogged down in previously... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Steve
An honest view of the last great Democrat. If you really want to understand politics this is an essential read.Published 9 months ago by Charles P. Oconnor
Enjoyed this book about Tip O Neal. I can appreciate him even though I'm a conservative Republican to was informative to hear his side of battles and replay historic events.Published 12 months ago by Karen Richard
When dealing with the Reagan-O'Neill struggle, the book is excellent, but much of the rest is tedious as best. Should have been a magazine article, not a book. Read morePublished 14 months ago by George Merlis
Terrific. Completely engrossing. Gives you real insight into how government really works. He was a man of great of great deeds and a real character.Published 14 months ago by scott
I wish I had read this years ago, but it stands the test of time. It should be required reading for students of 20th century history and the art of congressional politics.Published 14 months ago by Lucy
This is an extraordinary biography of someone who played a major role in American history. Even when O'Neill was not the driving force, he the reader can witness some of the... Read morePublished 16 months ago by RH Hickman