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MSNBC's crack political pundit, Chris Matthews, weighs in with his takes on such issues as the 2000 election fiasco, Bill Clinton's stormy tenure in the White House, the constant squabbles between Democrats and Republicans, and the September 11th attacks on New York City and Washington. Along the way, he clues readers in on his own experiences working for Jimmy Carter and Tip O'Neill. Matthews once again plays Hardball, and his many fans will be thrilled to get this strong dose of intelligent and lively opinion.
Matthews seems to revel in the fact that he eludes simple labeling -- he's more of an independent than a traditional liberal or conservative. Despite his labors under Carter and O'Neill, he's fond of Ronald Reagan and is no big fan of Al Gore (who he feels never caught on with voters because they saw him as negative and condescending). He's unsure about George W. Bush but was impressed at how he "beat" Gore despite all the perceived shortcomings.
Matthews saves his strongest praise for the titanic political presence that Winston Churchill embodied during World War II. In the aftermath of 9/11/01, many readers may have come to agree with Matthews and found themselves wishing for a Churchill clone to help guide the country through the rocks and shoals ahead.
Matthews comes off as far more than the typical blustery political talking head in these pages. Indeed, he bares his soul on more than a few pages, and he does a great job at explaining how he's reached his current status as an independent thinker. (Nicholas Sinisi)
Nicholas Sinisi is the Barnes & Noble.com Nonfiction Editor.