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

Matthews, Christopher

ISBN 10: 0671631608 / ISBN 13: 9780671631604
Published by Summit Books, New York, 1988
Condition: good, fair to good
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233, index, top corner of several pages bent, DJ somewhat worn and soiled: small edge tears/chips. Inscribed by the author. The author was a Senate aide, speechwriter for President Carter, and senior aide to Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill. Bookseller Inventory # 51119

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Title: Hardball: How Politics Is Played--Told by ...

Publisher: Summit Books, New York

Publication Date: 1988

Book Condition: good, fair to good

Edition: First Printing.

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Explains behind-the-scenes techniques used in politics, discusses alliances, enemies, deals, and reputations, and shares anecdotes about top politicians


"Matthews is half Huck Finn and half Machiavelli in this exuberant guide to the great game of politics."--George F. Will

"Savvy and amusing. . . . Fresh and original."--Christopher Lehmann-Haupt "The New York Times "

"The best in the business!"--Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill, Jr.

"Brilliant! God may take care of fools, drunks and the United States, but Chris Matthews has the goods on how Washington politicians take care of the rest of us."--Sam Donaldson

"In Washington, everyone says they 'practice' politics, and 'develop' policy. But to succeed they know they must 'play hardball.' This book smartly captures that central truth!"--Tim Russert

"A thoroughly entertaining book about modern-day American politics and how it's played. . . . Hardball is a must-read textbook that should be read with a marker."--The Wall Street Journal

"Every so often a writer reads a book so incisive and so good that when he finally puts it down he says, 'Damn, I wish I had written this.' I just finished Christopher Matthews' Hardball. And damn, I wish I had written this."--Stephen Stark "The Washington Post "

"People will be quoting Hardball as long as the game of politics is played."--Hendrik Hertzberg "The New Yorker "

"Chris Matthews hits a political homer with Hardball. For political sagacity and humor, this ranks with the work of George Washington Plunkitt."--William Safire

"Christopher Matthews writes about politics with relish--the way sports writers cover boxing."--Ben Bradlee "author of A Good Life and Conversations with Kennedy "

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