Now, Let Me Tell You What I Really Think

Now, Let Me Tell You What I Really Think

by Chris Matthews
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Now, Let Me Tell You What I Really Think by Chris Matthews

Chris Matthews has been playing "hardball" since the day he was born. From his first political run-in in the first grade to his years working as presidential speechwriter for Jimmy Carter and top aide to Tip O'Neill, Matthews grew up loving his country and dreaming of his chance to protect it. As one of the most honest, brash, and in-your-face journalists on TV, he has finally gotten the chance. The host of television's Hardball and bestselling author of such classics as Hardball and Kennedy&Nixon, Matthews is a political cop who insists on the truth and nothing but. In this latest work, Now, Let Me Tell You What I Really Think, Chris Matthews is at his brilliant, blunt, bulldogged best.
From the Cold War to the Clinton years, Matthews gives the straight-up account of what it means to be an American. Matthews tells us about his "God and Country" Catholic school education in Philadelphia complete with Cold War air-raid drills and his early enthusiasm for politics. He shares with us his life's adventures: two years in Africa with the Peace Corps, the challenge of running for Congress in his twenties, and his three decades deep in the "belly of the beast" of American politics.
Matthews has made his name as a razor-sharp journalist who cross-examines the politicians in Washington and takes on the Los Angeles and New York elite who view America's heartland as "fly-over country."
In Now, Let Me Tell You What I Really Think, Matthews rallies those who "work hard and play by the rules" and celebrates the wisdom learned from a U.S. Capitol policeman more than twenty years ago, "The little man loves his country, because it's all he's got." A hard-to-categorize maverick with an uncool love for his country, Matthews gives an irreverent look at who we are and whom we trust to lead us.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743242042
Publisher: Free Press
Publication date: 04/24/2002
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 220
File size: 852 KB

About the Author

Chris Matthews is the host of MSNBC’s Hardball. He is the author of Jack Kennedy—Elusive Hero; Tip and the Gipper—When Politics Worked; Kennedy and Nixon; Hardball; and now Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit.

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Now, Let Me Tell You What I Really Think 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Oma2 More than 1 year ago
Chris Matthews writes just as he talks - direct, honest and right "to you". I love this book. I thought I knew everything there was to know about John Kennedy, but evidently not. Great, great job. A terrific gift for any Kennedy patriot....
Guest More than 1 year ago
Chris Matthews is our best hope for a democratic (small-d) host in this country after the Rush Limbaughs and the O'Reilly's took over. The latter being a traitor to our Irish roots. I would call him that to his face if I saw him that. Anyway, to the book, Matthews makes collateral damage at both the Clintons and Al Gore for his horrible, morbid 2000 campaign and the cowardly Democratic party as a whole. Where is the Trumans of the party or Kennedys, either Bobby or John? John, as he alluded to of course being his hero and the goad in the 1960 Presidential race for his fascination into politics even though he rooted for the continual underdog Richard Nixon and Goldwater. He tells wonderful stories of the Washington years when it was less on 'focus groups' and more on backroom dealing while being less partisan. At the same time he talks courage sly (not found often) about race in America and other polarizing issues like AIDS, abortion, gender, and science and faith with a fairness towards all sides. He writes eloquently of his times and his stay in the Peace Corps, Congress, White House, and a succession of other jobs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Chris Matthews is generally well known as the best analyst of modern American politics out there. What he serves up in this highly informative yet entertaining prose book comes from personal experiences and observations about world leaders like his number one hero Winston Churchill or domestic politicians like Kennedy, his favorite American politican. What seemed surprising to me in this book was Matthews' genuine honesty in dealing with leaders and his own experiences like going to peace corps or serving with Tip O'Neill. A tough Democrat, he makes aat is an excellent riff against the Clintons (especially Hillary) that is refreshing for us Democrats who had our doubts about Clinton. He also gives a positive portrait of Reagan and a touching chapter for his hero that made him into a Democrat, John F. Kennedy. Quick but very thorough reading! If you are into Hardball, you won't put the book down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Chris Matthews, the author of Hardball, pours the American spirit into Now, Let Me Tell You What I Really Think, his account of American History. The author offers nothing but in your face truth about the problems that Bush, Gore, Clinton, Kennedy, Churchill, O¿ Neil, and Reagan faced. Exposed to thirty years of American politics, Chris Matthews carries an analytical conversation on the aforementioned people¿s political campaign (a political adventure) and intertwines personal experiences to illustrate his thought. Chris Matthews¿ depicts a number of items such as; George Bush¿s great leadership was forced upon him and Bill Clinton controlled the democrats by telling their itching ears what they wanted to hear. By far, Winston Churchill¿s bold temperament makes him the one character I admire. At times, the American people can relate (including me) to the former British Prime Minister. His sharp tongue put him in difficult situations; I myself experience the same problem. I thoroughly enjoyed Chris Matthew¿s book due to his sharp wit. I do concur that I found Chris Matthew¿s parallel of Al Gore¿s split personality to Nixon¿s personality to be the most intriguing. What I found unimportant and utterly useless was the personal reference to the gigantic snake in the drive across Swaziland. If I had the chance to alter the text I believe I would remove his Peace Corps. experience because it lacked reverence to the backbone of the issues, which generally dealt with freedom. Chris Matthews¿ study of the American Society and how people tend to accept political leaders that represent the wild nature of freedom amplifies why the outcomes of the political campaigns. I recommend the book to liberal, conservative, or even someone that is non-affiliated. Although quite liberal in his attitude, he claims not only liberal and conservative traits, but the attitude of an American.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Adlai Stevenson once wrote, ¿When an American says that he loves his country, he means that he loves an inner air, an inner light in which freedom lives and in which a man can draw the breath of self-respect.¿ Chris Matthews mirrors a true American who uses his words to convey his true feelings on politics. In Now, let me tell you what I really think, Matthews explores the goals and realities of leaders such as Al Gore, Winston Churchill, Kennedy, and Clinton. He uses their missions and their outcomes as a way to express his political beliefs on issues concerning America. More importantly, he identifies the faults and successes of these leaders to present his standpoint. Matthews¿s liberal views are blatantly evident throughout his book and he centers this subject on common issues that ail our land today. This book creates an atmosphere for the average American. As he explores issues like abortion, sexual preferences, and deadly diseases that are very important in this day and age. These are the agendas we need to tackle in the coming years. Matthews takes the initiative to give his opinion through a liberal viewpoint. His analysis of each problem and the need for its resolution struck me. I think Matthews should pursue a career as a government leader, for he supports all the main issues that hit the people of this nation all the time. In retrospect, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It clearly portrays the problems with our leaders, yet also reflects upon their positive doings. In addition, certain issues are hit right on point with a strong answer. Chris Matthew¿s book is a great piece of literature for the liberal mind. Those who are open to ideas would enjoy this book and its ability to present truths of everyday matter.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Chris Matthews is the host of MSNBC¿s Hardball, in Now, Let Me Tell You What I Really Think, he gives an insight of his personal and political opinions around the world. Matthews does just what the title suggest by speaking his mind as he gives an unbiased opinion in a very blunt manner about various politicians including George W. Bush, and Al Gore. He has a simple narrative structure in which he recounts a short history, followed by his brusque analysis of the subject. Throughout the entire book my favorite part would have to be when he analyzes the personality and character of George W. Bush and Al Gore. Matthews thinks of Bush as a ¿young leader rising to the occasion.¿ He conveys President Bush as a man of the people, in contrast to the stiffed-neck, robotic, Al Gore type. Matthews shares the same feelings as I when it comes to President Bush; he is capable of forming a bond and trust with the American people and is the only president who ¿united the American people on a course of both purpose and peril.¿ I find Matthews¿ attitude toward Al Gore quite funny as it brings a sense of humor to such a serious book. He depicts Al Gore as a confused man with his multiple personalities and characters. It is quite intriguing to find Matthews offer such contrasting opinions about politics in relation of him supposedly being a liberal and a democrat because of his political background. Matthews¿ book is exactly like his TV program Hardball, for those fans of his program out there I would suggest reading this book as it would allow you to understand where he is coming from with his past political and journalistic experiences. Even for those who have never watched his show, this book will be an interesting read, however, figuring out whether he is an democrat or republican may prove to be the most confusing part. This book would catch they eyes of readers who are of either political parties, as long as you are an American, this book may just give you new insight on politics and society.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in a couple of days. It's alright as far as 'no-brainer' books go. I feel he could have made it more interesting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to say that I enjoy him even more now having read this book. I am 21, and I have just recently (past 3 years) become interested in politics, and everyday Chris has been holding my hand through my learning process. He has been asking the questions that I have wanted asked, and I thank him for that. My respect for him has grown enormously, just by the, perhaps lesser known facts about himself and the issues that he believes in or against. I enjoyed looking into his mind for an evening or two, because that is all it took for this page turner!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mr. Matthews uses this book to develop several points: How he developed his political consciousness and views; the purpose behind his Hardball television show; describing the key points of the top politicians he has known; defining what it takes to get elected as president in America, defining what is best about America, outlining where the political discussion needs some refocusing, and how to succeed in life. These elements are loosely and nonsequentially combined in chapters loosely build around themes like ¿freedom is contagious,¿ ¿truth,¿ and ¿common ground.¿ The reader will often have the feeling that Mr. Matthews is having four conversations with himself at the same time . . . all at high speed. With all of this ground to cover, Mr. Matthews skims at or above the surface. The best part of the book comes in the brief profiles of the politicians that Mr. Matthews has known. He sees George W. Bush as a likable man rising to the occasion in responding to the foul attack of September 11th, Al Gore as someone who should have taken a stand that the president must not lie to the American people, ¿I have no idea who William Jefferson Clinton is¿ but he had ¿astounding skill at political positioning,¿ Tip O¿Neill was a principled political warrior who was uncomfortable in the spotlight, and Ronald Reagan was a quick-witted man with a multiple decade run for the presidency. Unlike many journalists, Mr. Matthews likes politicians, which he candidly confesses. Mr. Matthews is a democrat whose family was of a conservative republican persuasion. ¿I¿ve got a conservative gut, tolerant mind, and a heart . . . .¿ He identifies with the middle class as the people who work hard and play by the rules. The middle class will elect people as president who are taking an outside the Beltway perspective. ¿Look for the candidate you picture with the sun in his face.¿ Those you think of in a suit in an office will not succeed. He feels that he never recovered from JFK¿s death. As a young man, he joined the Peace Corps to avoid Viet Nam service, and learned a lot about the challenges of Africa, serving in Swaziland. The book details important thoughts about the moral need to respond to the AIDS crisis in poor countries. As to practical advice, it is basically to ¿Show Up! Ask! Believe!¿ As to Americans, there were two quotes that I was particularly struck by. ¿We will forgive just about anything from our politicians but condescension . . . Gore talked down to us.¿ He feels Senator Hillary Clinton has the same problem. While with the Capitol police force (his first paying job after the Peace Corps), Sergeant Leroy Taylor told him, ¿The little man loves his country, Chris, because it¿s all he¿s got.¿ As we pull together to counter the terrorist threat to American society and deal with other new challenges, perhaps more of us will come to feel that way. In defending his tendency to interrupt guests, Mr. Matthews points out that viewers like a fast pace, and don¿t want to hear a politician¿s preplanned talking points. Then, more candidly, he points out that he cannot help himself. Each section ends with a blunt statement like that, under the heading of ¿now, let me tell you what I really think.¿ The candor was refreshing. Ultimately, Mr. Matthews points out that ¿Democracy is a noisy business.¿ Make some noise! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The 2,000 Percent Solution and The Irresistible Growth Enterprise
Guest More than 1 year ago
What is it that we find compelling in each other? If you are curious about what makes Chris Matthews tick, it's (almost) all here. His reverence for Winston Churchill. His crazy days in the Peace Corps. His 1950s Catholic school education. Matthews weaves personal history, opinion, and political anecdotes into a charming and deeply entertaining book. Ten succinct chapters each end with a summary that begins, 'HERE'S WHAT I REALLY THINK.' But did you expect anything less from the man who is famous for playing hardball? Matthews' discussion of a uniquely 'American Attitude' is especially relevent now. He declares that Americans are the most freedom-loving people in the world. How our love of freedom manifests itself in the coming years is perhaps a topic for a future book. Chapter nine, 'Worldly Wisdom,' is well worth the purchase price of the book in itself. Here we glimpse Matthews as professor. He offers three fundamental precepts for success, and it is a generous gift. Sugarplums like, 'When you ask someone for help, you are implicitly asking them to take a chance on you' and 'There's a magic that results when a person invests in you' are sprinkled throughout this chapter. He offers his advice heartily, and tenderly. I saw Chris Matthews speak about this book in a Washington DC bookstore appearance. He simply emanantes joy. It's not an act. The sparkle in his eye is no trick of television. He's the real thing. And his love of this country is palpable. To borrow from Matthews, HERE'S WHAT I REALLY THINK: This is a book you should buy, not borrow, because you'll want to return to it again and again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book, while short in length, is long on scintillating and provocative topics. Matthews offers insight to his always strong viewpoint by sharing with us the hybrid mix of his Republican Catholic upbringing and his democratic history on Capitol Hill. His ability to storytell, highlights being from his time in Africa with the Peace Corps and his political oddessey through the sixties, is a pleasant surprise. This book is a fantastic afternoon read, one that leaves you wanting to meet the author in person.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I haven't finished reading the entire book, but it already is clear that Chris is still foaming at the mouth on Clinton. It's getting old and tired. If he pounded on other lying pols as much as he does Clinton he wouldn't sound so bitter and hateful. Clearly he is surrounding himself only by those who agree with him. He ought to get out mingle more. Just a thought.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is excellent. I am 16 years old, and many of my peers would laugh at me for reading a book about politics. However, I continued to read the book and love it! I would say that I agree with everything that Chris says. Hardball is the best show on TV, and the only show I watch. I give this book 5 stars!
Guest More than 1 year ago
While this book was moderately entertaining, Chris Matthews fails to form an actual hypothesis in his book. He also makes it abundantly clear how NOT Republican or Democratic he is over and over. It is a good book to read when you need something easy to read and distracting. There is not much depth to his thought process.