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As a top aide to House Speaker Tip O’Neill, Matthews was an eyewitness to the accord that O’Neill and President Ronald Reagan managed to forge in the 1980s, despite their polar-opposite political convictions. Reagan, the conservative former California governor, was a Washington outsider, while O’Neill was a consummate insider, with 28 years on the hill by the time Reagan took office in 1980. The California conservative and the Boston liberal were iconic figures with strong convictions, political savvy, and Irish charm that helped them bridge the gap to deliver on issues including welfare, taxes, covert military operations, and Social Security. Following the assassination attempt on Reagan, O’Neill was the first person to be admitted to the president’s bedside for a private visit, and it was O’Neill whom Reagan tapped to hand-deliver a letter asking Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev for a meeting that led to the end of the Cold War. Political commentator Matthews details their different backgrounds and the stumbles and ultimate successes that brought both men to Washington, where they were able to put aside their differences to govern the nation. --Vanessa Bush --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“A superb tribute to the neglected art of compromise.” (Stanley Crouch New York Daily News)
"[A] gripping, behind-the-scenes, first-person account. . . . Though he was a front-row participant in the story, he admirably adopts an even-handed approach (not shying away from pointing out O'Neill's missteps) to serve up his big point: political combat is necessary and important for the nation, but it need not be self-destructive and nuclear. . . . Matthews is providing a public service by recounting an era when even the most ardent partisan gladiators could bend toward pragmatism." (David Corn Mother Jones)
“A fortuitous pairing of subject and author. . . Matthews’s account is pleasant reading, both useful and entertaining. . . The book succeeds in making Boehner’s, or the tea party’s, House look like a confederacy of dunces, addicted to 'government by tantrum.' Praise for Reagan’s skill at reaching across party lines also contrasts with President Obama’s stand-offish image. Their clashes looked feverish at the time, but this book is an invitation to join Tip and the Gipper in tall tales about how grand it was in the old country." (Howell Raines Washington Post)
"Chris Matthews draws on his 30-year-old journals for [a] rich new book on Ronald Reagan, Tip O'Neill" (Mike Allen Politico.com)
"Matthews gives us an engaging, inside perspective (with creditable modesty about his own important role) of the mighty struggle between Ronald Reagan and Speaker Tip O'Neill, and how they bent, when they had to, to the national interest. There are many books written by Reagan's White House staffers, but this is the only account (aside from O'Neill's charming memoir) from inside the Speaker's office, and a valuable addition to American political history." (John Farrell author of Tip O'Neill and the Democratic Century)
"Amiable but tough-minded. . . . a solid book." (Kirkus) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Lots of history, with a few slow spots. Really shows the relationship between Tip and Reagan.Published 25 days ago by Philip Erdmann
This book is really a love letter from Chris Matthews to Thomas P O'Neill, late of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a highly regarded Speaker of the United States House of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Arthur R. Silen
I enjoyed reading this biography that Matthews has written. The numerous events, as well as what happened behind the scenes of those events, are very detailed. Read morePublished 3 months ago by John Schaeffer
What did two men like Ronald Reagan, a charismatic movie star turned politician, and a career politician like Tip O'Neil have that created such a relationship as theirs? Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dennis O'H
Chris Matthews grew up politically at the feet of Tip O'Neil. He had a ringside seat at the competitive friendship between Tip and the Gipper. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Peter M. Herford
Chris Matthews is one of a kind.
Fun read for a Reagan fan. I learned a lot about both men.