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Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked

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andlt;I andgt;TIP AND THE GIPPERandlt;/Iandgt; is a magnificent personal history of a time when two great political opponents served together for the benefit of the country. Chris Matthews was an eyewitness to this story as a top aide to Speaker of the House Tip Oand#8217;Neill, who waged a principled war of political ideals with President Reagan from 1980 to 1986. Together, the two men forged compromises that shaped Americaand#8217;s future and became one of historyand#8217;s most celebrated political pairingsand#8212;the epitome of how ideological opposites can get things done. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;When Ronald Reagan was elected to the presidency in a landslide victory over Jimmy Carter (for whom Matthews had worked as a speechwriter), Speaker Oand#8217;Neill realized Americans had voted for a change. For the first time in his career, Oand#8217;Neill also found himself thrust into the national spotlight as the highest-ranking leader of the Democratic Partyand#8212;the most visible and respected challenger to President Reaganand#8217;s agenda of shrinking the government and lowering taxes. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;At first, Oand#8217;Neill doubted his ability to compete on the public stage with the charming Hollywood actor, whose polished speeches played well on TV, a medium Oand#8217;Neill had never mastered. Over time, the burly Irishman learned how to fight the popular president on his key issues, relying on legislative craftiness, strong rhetoric, and even guerrilla theater. and#8220;An old dog can learn new tricks,and#8221; Tip told his staff. Of Oand#8217;Neill, one of his colleagues said, and#8220;If Martians came into the House chamber, theyand#8217;d know instantly who the leader was.and#8221; andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Meanwhile, President Reagan proved to be a much more effective and savvy leader than his rivals had ever expected, achieving major legislative victories on taxes and the federal budget. Reagan and his allies knew how to work the levers of power in Washington. After showing remarkable personal fortitude in the wake of the assassination attempt against him, Reagan never let his political differences with Democrats become personal. He was fond of the veteran Speakerand#8217;s motto that political battles ended at 6 p.m. So when he would phone Oand#8217;Neill, he would say, and#8220;Hello, Tip, is it after six oand#8217;clock?and#8221;andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; Together, the two leaders fought over the major issues of the dayand#8212;welfare, taxes, covert military operations, and Social Securityand#8212;but found their way to agreements that reformed taxes, saved Social Security, and achieved their common cause of bringing peace to Northern Ireland. Oand#8217;Neilland#8217;s quiet behind-the-scenes support helped Reagan forge his historic Cold Warand#8211;ending bond with Mikhail Gorand#173;bachev. They each won some and lost some, and through it all they maintained respect for each otherand#8217;s positions and worked to advance the country rather than obstruct progress. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;As Matthews notes, and#8220;There is more than one sort of heroic behavior, and they donand#8217;t all look the same.and#8221; andlt;I andgt;Tip and the Gipperandlt;/Iandgt; is the story of the kind of heroism we need today.

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"MSNBC host Matthews (Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero) draws from his personal journals, President Reagan's diary, and Speaker O'Neill's press conference transcripts to bring 1980s politics back to life. Matthews begins with the vastly different backgrounds of the two men. He contrasts their styles and politics before moving through the Reagan years in a highly-detailed narrative. Matthews's' thesis is that the government's functionality at the time is largely attributed to the relationship of Reagan and 'O'Neill, who both used the check-and-balance design of their positions to 'propel the republic forward — even when the will of the people was different from his own.' Readers relive the attempted assassination, the air traffic control strike, and the Iran-Contra affair, all presented in Matthews's easy, conversational style. Matthews offers little direct commentary on today's contrasting 'government by tantrum,' allowing the events and personalities to speak for themselves; an acceptable omission, given the numerous examples of cooperation he cites concerning Social Security, the budget and taxes, and foreign policy. Part history, part Washington inside story, part career memoir, this inspiring story of two remarkable men is recommended for political junkies and insiders alike. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

From the author of the New York Times bestseller Jack Kennedy—and Tip O’Neill’s former chief-of-staff—comes the firsthand, one-of-a-kind story of the friendship between President Reagan and the Speaker of the House.

They were the political odd couple—the two most powerful men in the country, a pair who, in author Chris Matthews’s words, “couldn’t be more different or more the same.” For six years Matthews was on the inside, watching the evolving relationship between President Ronald Reagan and Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill. Their philosophies were miles apart—Reagan intent on scaling back government, O’Neill fervent in defending it. Yet there was common ground too: long lunches shared on St. Patrick’s Day and a mutual respect—political and personal. Three days after Reagan’s shooting, Tip was the first outsider at the president’s bedside.

Drawing not only on his own remarkable knowledge but on extensive interviews with those closest to his subjects, Matthews brings this unlikely friendship to life in his unique voice, rendering as lively and novelistic a read as Jack Kennedy and a timely object lesson in how bipartisan cooperation can work.

Synopsis:

andlt;Bandgt;From the author of the andlt;Iandgt;New York Timesandlt;/Iandgt; bestseller andlt;Iandgt;Jack Kennedyandlt;/Iandgt;--and Tip O'Neill's former chief-of-staff--comes the firsthand, one-of-a-kind story of the friendship between President Reagan and the Speaker of the House.andlt;/Bandgt;andlt;pandgt;They were the political odd couple--the two most powerful men in the country, a pair who, in author Chris Matthews's words, "couldn't be more different or more the same." For six years Matthews was on the inside, watching the evolving relationship between President Ronald Reagan and Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill. Their philosophies were miles apart--Reagan intent on scaling back government, O'Neill fervent in defending it. Yet there was common ground too: long lunches shared on St. Patrick's Day and a mutual respect--political and personal. Three days after Reagan's shooting, Tip was the first outsider at the president's bedside. andlt;BRandgt;

Drawing not only on his own remarkable knowledge but on extensive interviews with those closest to his subjects, Matthews brings this unlikely friendship to life in his unique voice, rendering as lively and novelistic a read as Jack Kennedy and a timely object lesson in how bipartisan cooperation can work.

About the Author

Chris Matthews is anchor of MSNBC’s Hardball as well as the NBC-syndicated The Chris Matthews Show. He is an author of American; Now, Let Me Tell You What I Really Think; and Kennedy and Nixon.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781451695991
Author:
Matthews, Chris
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Subject:
Biography-Political
Subject:
General Biography
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20131031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
23 photos t-o as chapter openers, rough
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "MSNBC host Matthews (Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero) draws from his personal journals, President Reagan's diary, and Speaker O'Neill's press conference transcripts to bring 1980s politics back to life. Matthews begins with the vastly different backgrounds of the two men. He contrasts their styles and politics before moving through the Reagan years in a highly-detailed narrative. Matthews's' thesis is that the government's functionality at the time is largely attributed to the relationship of Reagan and 'O'Neill, who both used the check-and-balance design of their positions to 'propel the republic forward — even when the will of the people was different from his own.' Readers relive the attempted assassination, the air traffic control strike, and the Iran-Contra affair, all presented in Matthews's easy, conversational style. Matthews offers little direct commentary on today's contrasting 'government by tantrum,' allowing the events and personalities to speak for themselves; an acceptable omission, given the numerous examples of cooperation he cites concerning Social Security, the budget and taxes, and foreign policy. Part history, part Washington inside story, part career memoir, this inspiring story of two remarkable men is recommended for political junkies and insiders alike. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , From the author of the New York Times bestseller Jack Kennedy—and Tip O’Neill’s former chief-of-staff—comes the firsthand, one-of-a-kind story of the friendship between President Reagan and the Speaker of the House.

They were the political odd couple—the two most powerful men in the country, a pair who, in author Chris Matthews’s words, “couldn’t be more different or more the same.” For six years Matthews was on the inside, watching the evolving relationship between President Ronald Reagan and Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill. Their philosophies were miles apart—Reagan intent on scaling back government, O’Neill fervent in defending it. Yet there was common ground too: long lunches shared on St. Patrick’s Day and a mutual respect—political and personal. Three days after Reagan’s shooting, Tip was the first outsider at the president’s bedside.

Drawing not only on his own remarkable knowledge but on extensive interviews with those closest to his subjects, Matthews brings this unlikely friendship to life in his unique voice, rendering as lively and novelistic a read as Jack Kennedy and a timely object lesson in how bipartisan cooperation can work.

"Synopsis" by , andlt;Bandgt;From the author of the andlt;Iandgt;New York Timesandlt;/Iandgt; bestseller andlt;Iandgt;Jack Kennedyandlt;/Iandgt;--and Tip O'Neill's former chief-of-staff--comes the firsthand, one-of-a-kind story of the friendship between President Reagan and the Speaker of the House.andlt;/Bandgt;andlt;pandgt;They were the political odd couple--the two most powerful men in the country, a pair who, in author Chris Matthews's words, "couldn't be more different or more the same." For six years Matthews was on the inside, watching the evolving relationship between President Ronald Reagan and Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill. Their philosophies were miles apart--Reagan intent on scaling back government, O'Neill fervent in defending it. Yet there was common ground too: long lunches shared on St. Patrick's Day and a mutual respect--political and personal. Three days after Reagan's shooting, Tip was the first outsider at the president's bedside. andlt;BRandgt;

Drawing not only on his own remarkable knowledge but on extensive interviews with those closest to his subjects, Matthews brings this unlikely friendship to life in his unique voice, rendering as lively and novelistic a read as Jack Kennedy and a timely object lesson in how bipartisan cooperation can work.

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