Synopses & Reviews
Timed to re-release simultaneously with Chris Matthews’s new book Jack Kennedy, which Simon & Schuster will publish this fall, this national bestseller explores the fascinating, largely unknown, relationship between Nixon and Kennedy and the crucial ways in which it shaped them—and the nation.
Hardball is a tough, funny, tell-all revelation of how politics really works. From tales of raw ambition and brutal rivalry to behind-the-scenes stories of famous disagreements, Matthews reveals the truth about master politicians such as JFK, LBJ, and Richard Nixon, while he explains the real meaning of rules such as “Only talk when it improves the silence;” “Positioning is everything;” and “Always concede on principle.”
Whether addicted to Washington politics or office politics, readers will enjoy this unprecedented guide to grown-ups’ favorite game—the game of position, power, and survival in the world today.
How politics is played by one who knows the game...host of MSNBC's Hardball
, Chris Matthews.
Chris Matthews has spent a quarter century on the playing field of American politics—from right-hand man of Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill to host of NBC's highest rated cable talk show Hardball. In this revised and updated edition of his political classic, he offers fascinating new stories of raw ambition, brutal rivalry, and exquisite seduction and reveals the inside rules that govern the game of power.
About the Author
Chris Matthews is anchor of MSNBC’s Hardball. He is author of Tip and the Gipper; Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero; Kennedy and Nixon; Now, Let Me Tell You What I Really Think; American: Beyond Our Grandest Notions; Hardball: How Politics Is Played by One Who Knows The Game; and Politicians: The Backroom World They Never Show Us.
Table of Contents
Part I Alliances
1 It's Not Who You Know; It's Who You Get to Know
2 "All Politics Is Local"
3 It's Better to Receive Than to Give
4 "Dance with the One That Brung Ya"
Part II Enemies
5 Keep Your Enemies in Front of You
6 Don't Get Mad; Don't Get Even; Get Ahead
7 Leave No Shot Unanswered
Part III Deals
8 "Only Talk When It Improves the Silence"
9 Always Concede on Principle
Part IV Reputations
10 Hang a Lantern on Your Problem
12 "The Press Is the Enemy"
13 The Reputation of Power