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Tip O'Neill and the Democratic Century Paperback – Bargain Price, August 31, 2002
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And John Farrell in Tip O'Neill and the Democratic Century is no different. Throughout, even when chronicling some of the less than honorable dealings of the former Speaker, Ferrell's personal belief in the ideals and goals of Tip O'Neill show through. For instance, the book accepts the O'Neill mantra that the middle class was somehow created by the Democratic Party.
But that doesn't make it any less enjoyable to read.
O'Neill is presented as he actually was. A man ahead of his time, part of his time, and ultimately, a dinosaur given one last chance to shine in the Reagan years.
By far, the most enjoyable part of the book is the telling of Tip's early years. While some may find it hard to believe Tip's home state of Massachusetts was ever Republican, O'Neill was the first Democratic Speaker of the Massachusetts house in history.
As he climbed his way up the U.S. House leadership, O'Neill was an ardent anti-Communist who was one of the key members to finally tire of U.S. involvement in Vietnam and switch to oppose the war.
Farrell also clearly outlines the lost opportunities of the Carter years. Initially, the House leadership was eager to work with a Democratic president after 8 years of Nixon and Ford. The honeymoon didn't last long as the "Georgia Boys" and old mules on the Hill quickly found themselves involved in time-wasting power struggles.
There are some drawbacks. Aside from the author's bias that is easy enough to discern, the book glosses over some important events of the 1980's. For instance, the S&L mess, which O'Neill bears a large part of responsibility for, is covered in less than one paragraph.
But overall, it is a quick read, despite it heft, and you'll be wishing for more by the time you turn the last page.
A second, but no less significant achievement of Farrell's book, is as a detailed political history of the last century. If one only considers the two political figures that bookended O'Neill's career - at the start, Boston Mayor and flamboyant rogue James Michael Curley and at the end President Ronald Reagan - that gives a strong sense of just how much politics and public life changed over that 50 or so years.Read more ›
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Not yet an authoritative account, but an affectionate start on the life of an American political icon, for good and bad.Published 9 months ago by Luke Schleusener
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 13 months ago by Leonard Aubrey
Good if you like your politics the old-fashiond way - before they went to Hell in a hand basket.Published 15 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 18 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 21 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 on August 25, 2014 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 on July 3, 2014 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 on June 21, 2014 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 on June 15, 2014 by Lucy