Hardball: How Politics is Played-Told by One Who Knows the Game

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"A thoroughly entertaining book about modern-day American politics and how it's played . . . for political junkies, news junkies, and students of American government, it can be much more."--Wall Street Journal

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Overview

"A thoroughly entertaining book about modern-day American politics and how it's played . . . for political junkies, news junkies, and students of American government, it can be much more."--Wall Street Journal

A thoroughly entertaining book about modern-day American politics and how it's played.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A former Senate aide, presidential speech writer and assistant to Tip O'Neill, Matthews here offers an entertaining view of Washington politics. He covers much the same ground as Hedrick Smith's The Power Game but writes more informally and with amused tolerance of ``the true believers in the power of political self-interest.'' The anecdotes illuminate rules for success in playing hardball, which Matthews defines as ``clean, aggressive Machiavellian politics'': keep your enemies in front of you. A Reagan example of savvy is among the most vivid: the president's remark during the debates with Mondale that he would not exploit for political purposes ``his opponent's youth and inexperience.'' Matthews, who writes a column for the San Francisco Chronicle, turns unexpectedly stern in his discussion of a third rule: the press is the enemy. ``Like policemen, they are always on duty. Don't trust any of them.'' (June)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060972332
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/1/1989
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 239
  • Product dimensions: 5.33 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

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    SUCKS

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2000

    Great Book

    Matthews takes you behind the stage to show you what you've always suspected. An entertaining and educational book on American politics. A must read for anyone that likes to follow politics. High Schools should add this book to their civics' curriculum.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2000

    Must read for students

    This book is a hard-hitting, tell-it-like-it- is collection of stories told by a true Washington insider. Anyone interested in the workings of our national government-- especially those looking to crack onto the scene--need to read this book. If nothing else, it will entertain you by revealing stories of famous politicians before they made a name for themselves.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2014

    Hardball

    The first part of the book includes a narrative that equates corruption as a historical tenent of politics; LBJ and some of his "dealings" for example.
    Chris has not held a political office so as he tries to continue with the theme of his.book, and define corruption further he substitutes innocous personal bias for what should have stayed closer to journalism.
    Chris is notoriously shallow with his accussations, and rarely.lets facts get in the way of his prejudices and political beliefs. This book is another ecample of.Chris' passive/aggressive style and unnatural affection for any thing Democract. His writing, like his t.v. show is a good reminder that even simple minded people can find work.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2012

    A+

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  • Posted September 22, 2011

    Hardball.

    Actually very interesting.

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  • Posted November 10, 2009

    Good Insight but remember its just one mans point of view

    Overall a good book, really helps explain how power is obtained in Washington. Chris doesn't go into as much detail as i expected and the book is really short to be claimed as the must read to get into Washington. He has been in the game for a long time but doesn't mean he knows everything, Chris officially hasn't been a politician himself so his point of view is limited.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2005

    Not a Good Buy

    This book is a waste of time and money. Unless you have to read this book there would be no sense in purchasing it.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2005

    Boring book

    The book is boring and a complete waste of time and money. God, there is nothing more boring than reading this book. If it wasn't for the government class i am taking, i would burn the book into ashes. Can't believe those people call it the Politicians handbook or guide into the white house card-box. Gee....don't read the book unless you are completely into how people gain their power...

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2004

    A HUGE waste of time

    I thought that this book was a complete waste of money. The entire book could be summed up in the titles of the chpaters. The actual 'content' consisted of name dropping and promotion for his own show.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2004

    Officially My New Favorite Book

    Hardball was extremely interesting, kind of like a modern-day Prince (Machiavelli) mixed with a little of Ender's Game (Orson Scott Card); it's like Ender's Game in that it really holds your attention while giving you key rules of thumb

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2000

    Mathews' Hardball Provides Inspiration for Overachievers

    Chris Mathews HARDBALL is a colorful, animated, inspiring book about the trials and tribulations of big-time POLITICS in a real-time REPUBLIC. Chris tells it like-it-is while describing the highs, lows, successes, and the agonies of defeat as a true insider who has observed (with relish) behind the scenes, memorializing the past and current events with his own special 'spin and savvy'. If you know (or want to know) the 'players' but don't know the real 'rules of the game', you need to read HARDBALL --- waiting for you at Barnes and Noble.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2000

    Insightful Commentary from the Trenches of Washington

    As a self-described political junkie, this book is truly engrossing. I¿m on my second reading. Thank you, Mr. Mathews.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2000

    POLITICS TODAY

    THIS BOOK WAS A HARDHITTING WAKE UP CALL ON MY KNOWLEDGE OF POLITICS,IT REALLY WAS AN EYEOPENER ON THE CORRUPTIVE VIEW OF POLITICS TODAY. THE FIRST CHAPTER BASICLY TALKED ABOUT SOME OF THE GREAT AND CORRUPT POLITICIANS, SUCH AS LBJ.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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