Hardball : how politics is played, told by one who knows the game /
Christopher Matthews.
New york : Summit Books, c1988.
233 p. ; 22 cm.
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New york : Summit Books, c1988.
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Includes index.
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Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1988-05-13:
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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Table of Contents
Introductionp. 13
Alliancesp. 21
It's Not Who You Know; It's Who You Get to Knowp. 23
"All Politics Is Local"p. 47
It's Better to Receive Than to Givep. 62
"Dance with the One That Brung Ya"p. 76
Enemiesp. 89
Keep Your Enemies in Front of Youp. 91
Don't Get Mad; Don't Get Even; Get-Aheadp. 105
Leave No Shot Unansweredp. 116
Dealsp. 131
"Only Talk When It Improves the Silence"p. 133
Always Concede on Principlep. 145
Reputationsp. 153
Hang a Lantern on Your Problemp. 155
Spin!p. 168
"The Press Is the Enemy"p. 181
The Reputation of Powerp. 192
Positioningp. 209
Perspectivep. 223
Indexp. 225
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