Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked

Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked

by Chris Matthews
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Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
PaulH More than 1 year ago
Tip and the Gipper is a great book. It details a time when politics worked – when Democrats and Republicans compromised for the betterment of the whole country. Author Chris Matthews did an excellent job researching this book and it is very educational.
KellyKupchnik More than 1 year ago
Tip and The Gipper is a great book. Very informative. Great perspective in the usually volatile world of politics. Five stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Chris Matthews has captured a time, I remember well, in an interesting & engaging way. The respect for the office & officer holder, Mr. Matthews distributed, is something we need desperately in today's Congress. If you have an interest in politics this is a book for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Appropriate to the times! Matthews examines the "ping and pong", as he phrases it, between President Reagan and House Speaker Tip O'Neill. The two men had opposing views on many issues including tax cuts, Social Security, and foreign affairs, but the author sees both as men of principle with the sincere best interests of the country at heart. Can the same be said of the players in Washington today? Regardless of one's politics, this is worth reading if only to see how it's done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am old enough to remember this period and was fascinated by Mr. Matthews book..easy to read, informative and very accurate portrayal of what happened during those years.
lib2012 More than 1 year ago
I just started reading this book. It is really good. I wished politics worked like this relationship did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
POTUS, Senate Majority Leader, and Speaker Of The House all should read this. And all members of congress should read the preface.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quite a detailed account of how these two worked in a time when politics as usual was changing and the new President Ronald Reagan challenged the traditional way the Speaker of the House did his business. A transformational period in US political history that looking back was even more profound than when we were living it. While Chris was there to see it happen, he cleverly writes the book much more focussed on the two men in the Top seats and not so much how he was involved. I lived and worked in politics during that time and found it quite interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very insightful in describing the relationship between the Executive and Legislative branches of government and the critical role of the President and Speaker of the House in maintaining a balance of power to ensure that the interests of th American people are not corrupted by partisan politics. President Reagan and Speaker O'Neill demonstrated how responsible government officials can work together even when confronted with enormous budget and economic challenges. Much can be learned by our current dysfunctional Congress from "tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Where did our good politicians go...?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Send a copy to our current Speaker, and show him how it's done!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was interesting. However, Chris Matthews sentimentalized Reagan and O'Neil. Reagan was a California guy who hated the liberal agenda. Tip O'Neil was not a Ted Kennedy or the other strong liberals in Congress at that period of time. Matthews made Reagan sound like he was this likeable guy. When in reality he was a conservative who hated the poor in the country and loved the rich. Reagan was a conservative and only used his Irish heritage as a prop when he needed it. It was an interesting read but not reality based. Sorry Mr. Matthews but you over glorified Reagan and O' Neil. Would still recommend the book. Just as a read for people to understand the workings of politics.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tip and the Gipper is a great read. Not sure who these negative critics are with the 1 stars. They obviously have "not" read the book. Whether you're a "Hardball" viewer or not, this book paints a portrait of these two 1980 political titans that will attract both Reagan and O'Neill admirers. It couldn't come out at a better time! When partisanship was still a factor, both men found a way to communicate and compromise. Matthews does an admirable job at providing insight into the men as told by someone who was there! He gives a perspective that is not judgemental and unlike so many other authors, Matthews actually does his own research, let alone writes his own books. Can't recommend this enough!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shows how two sides can work together and compromise to get things done. None of the hate as happens on a daily basis. At the end of the day they work together for the betterment of the country.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Always fun to read the inside story..."Hardball" is a winner when you have a real longball hitter!
BobbyboyNJ More than 1 year ago
I laughed, I cried, I winced and I absolutely loved Chris Matthew's approach and skills in this book. Chris was there! It is not some author writing from afar. He lived it and obviously loved. What made this book even better is Chris's relationships with everyone. I think this book will stand the test of time. Chris has been honest in his assessments. I can attest for many of them as a student of political science and the child of a politician.
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