Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked by Chris Matthews

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Read Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked Online Free - From the author of the New York Times bestseller Jack Kennedy—and Tip O’Neill’s former chief-of-staff—comes the firsthand, one-of-a-kind story of the friendship between President Reagan and the Speaker of the House.They were the political odd couple—the two most powerful men in the country, a pair who, in author Chris Matthews’s words, “couldn’t be more different or more the same.” For six years Matthews was on the inside, watching the evolving relationship between President Ronald Reagan and Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill. Their philosophies were miles apart—Reagan intent on scaling back government, O’Neill fervent in defending it. Yet there was common ground too: long lunches shared on St. Patrick’s Day and a mutual respect—political and personal. Three days after Reagan’s shooting, Tip was the first outsider at the president’s bedside.

Drawing not only on his own remarkable knowledge but on extensive interviews with those closest to his subjects, Matthews brings this unlikely friendship to life in his unique voice, rendering as lively and novelistic a read as Jack Kennedy and a timely object lesson in how bipartisan cooperation can work.

Title : Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked
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ISBN : 1451695993
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 448 pages


Kevin rated it ★★★★★

November 14, 2013

Though I am a conservative, Chris Matthews is by far my favorite political author. Though he is as liberal as the day is long, Matthews can tell a story like no one else can. He is a master of weaving together fascinating historical narrative and immediately applicable political advice almost sea...

Arminius rated it ★★★★★

July 23, 2016

This was a fascinating book on the relationship between 20th Centuries greatest Conservative President Ronald Reagan and his counterpart the very liberal Speaker of the House Tip O’Neal. The book is called the “ Tip and the Gipper.” The Gipper refers to a movie that President Reagan made when he...

Camille rated it ★★★★★

September 08, 2016

Fifth star is for timeliness. Matthews looks back at the presidency of Ronald Reagan and his relationship with then House Speaker Tip O'Neill. Both men differed widely on the issues but had in common a love of country, a sincere desire to do the right thing, and a commitment to principled action....

Carol rated it ★★★☆☆

December 20, 2013

As usual I was left with mixed feelings about this book, as I am each time I watch Chris Matthews' show on MSNBC. In fact I watch the show much less because I greatly dislike Matthews' style of both asking and answering his questions put to his guests, and then generally interrupts them when they...

Steven rated it ★★★★★

November 19, 2013

As an avid viewer of MSNBC’s Hardball program each evening with Chris Matthews I am very familiar with his views and style, and usually agree with him. I have read his previous books and looked forward to reading his latest, TIP AND THE GIPPER: WHEN POLITICS WORKED. After reading the book and dig...

Joe rated it ★★★☆☆

July 06, 2016

This political season has gotten me down. All of the negativity. While society gets better every day, our politics is still broken. Civility is gone. Dogs and cats living together. Mass hysteria! I needed a pick-me-up. That's why I picked up "Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked." It didn't en...

Larraine rated it ★★★★☆

October 28, 2013

At a time when we are living in such politically divided times, this book was written, according to Matthews, to demonstrate that it is possible for government to work. I read a book review in the New York Post that said that the author didn't know what he was talking about: Reagan and O'Neill di...

Yosef rated it ★★★★☆

October 17, 2013

This book shows us how government can actually work. As I was reading this book, the government was shut down. In his introduction to the book, Chris Matthews mentions that "these days we have a government by tantrum". He also mentioned shutdowns in the intro. The main points of this book were...

Diana rated it ★☆☆☆☆

August 25, 2016

I'll be honest. I didn't finish this. I got sick of Chris Matthews. I really liked the topic, but couldn't take the style. I hate an author inserting himself in the story (I realize he worked for Tip and that was the basis for the book, but it was supposed to be about them, not him). I also just...

Curt rated it ★★★★★

November 26, 2013

Chris Mathews can some times be self absorbed as in his book Hardball. In Tip and the Gipper he successfully curtailed the tendency. I liked Tip O'Neil both personally and politically. I was not a fan of Reagan. However, this book provides a good read into the relationship of two strong, successf...

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