Chris Matthews has spent a quarter century on the playing field of American Hardball and millions of other books are available for site site. Learn more. Editorial Reviews. smigabovgrisus.ga Review. Hardball, first published in , is like a modern . Chris Matthews should really consider revising and updating this book. I read it myself and used (some of) it with my students in a government class. Chapter 1: It's Not Who You Know; It's Who You Get to Know Good politicians get to know a lot of politicians. Lyndon Johnson would take four.

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Chris Matthews has spent a quarter century on the playing field of American .. Chris Matthews book Hardball gives you insight about the way politics work. Read Hardball by Chris Matthews for free with a 30 day free trial. Read unlimited* books and audiobooks on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android. How politics is played by one who knows the game Chris Matthews has spent a quarter century on the playing field of American politics—from.

Some argue that a good personality and the ability to communicate are all that matter. However when both men tried switching parties they fell. The author suggests that in order to swtich parties, you must first quit the seat you are in because of your party to maintain integrity. Reagan was good at being loyal except for the Iranian arms affair. He was caught dancing with the Ayatollah Khomeini.

There are two corollaries to this rule: 1 You hire your boss. Be careful who you work for and who you are in association with. You always need to keep yourself necessary. Good politicians shake hands and easily talk with their enemies.

It is a sign of strength and many times they may have to work with each other later. Reagan had someone on the other side of the spectrum on the ticket with him before he even won the nomination because it said he wanted to bring bipartisanship. Having your enemies work for you makes people trust you to be open minded.

If you do get angry, put that anger and use it as fuel to get ahead. Chapter 7: Leave No Shot Unanswered When you ignore an insult, to the public that can be seen as an admission of guilt. At the Senate Democratic debate in Flordia a lot of dirty tricks were played.

Pepper failed to deflect the personal attack and lost because of it. There are three corallaries to this rule. You should always have your ears open and ask everyone around you to tell you everything. It is not about pristine procedures, but about imperfect people. Its subject is not the grand sweep of history, but the round-the-clock scramble for position, power and survival in the city of Washington.

Let me define terms: hardball is clean, aggressive Machiavellian politics. It is the discipline of gaining and holding power, useful to any profession or undertaking, but practiced most openly and unashamedly in the world of public affairs. More important to you, the reader, is how the basic rules of Hardball have proven true. The wisdom I gleaned from the gamesmanship of John F.

Bill Clinton has given us frequent lessons in spin. Less fortunate leaders like Newt Gingrich have been taught to only talk when it improves the silence.

As I wrote in , this book is also meant to entertain. Lived to the hilt, a political career is a grand and exuberant experience.

In the following pages you will enjoy some candid glimpses of how well-known figures achieved their ambitions. You will meet some very unlikely success stories, people who learned the game, played hard and won. George F. Will called me half Huck Finn and half Machiavelli.

Indeed, I have learned as much from adventure as from observation. For me the grand journey began a quarter century ago when I came to Washington thinking I knew something about politics.

I had been an addict of the electoral game, a true political junkie, since high school days. Even then I was rooting for and against candidates, cheering their victories, grieving with them on election night.

When I went away to the Peace Corps in my early twenties, I maintained the romance from afar. So I should have been prepared for my immersion in the political world. For years I had stood in awed attention at the grand debate, the daunting personalities, the big-picture spectacle of national politics.

But in terms of political hardball, I came to Washington as a neophyte. I entered a world that was as anthropologically exotic as the one I had just left in southern Africa. Scott Fitzgerald once said that the very rich are different from you and me. So, I came to learn, are the very political. Behind those vaunted closed doors lies not only the paraphernalia of power but a distinctive language, which I myself have learned to speak.

It is a world of tough old alliances, Gothic revenge and crafty deal-making, but also of marvelous state-of-the-art tactics such as spin and positioning. Old or new, the machinations of the hardened, dedicated pol would strike most people as offbeat. In the following pages you will read of raw ambition, of brutal rivalry and exquisite seduction. If the tone is tongue-in-cheek, if some portraits and situations appear too comical for such important affairs, you have caught my attitude precisely: with all its nuclear-age centrality, politics is the only game for grown people to play.

Politics makes strange bedfellows, wrote the nineteenth-century humorist Charles Dudley Warner. That, we will see, is only the beginning of the strangeness. I have learned firsthand that the notions we harbor of political men—and women—are a poor guide to reality. Not even the cynic is prepared to understand the wheeling and dealing of the true pol: Expect a raging egotist, entranced by his own affairs, and you are seized with the unfamiliar pleasure of having someone probe with quick interest at your own most intimate longings, plotting your course even before you have done so yourself.

Expect to be wooed with favors, and he captures you instead with a breathtaking request. His real knack, as Machiavelli taught him five hundred years ago, lies in getting you to do things for him. Eerily and against your will, you discover that the more you do for him, the more loyal you become, the more you want to invest in his career.

Expect a figure of dark passions, fired by revenge, and you meet someone with cold-blooded shrewdness, an uncanny bent to bring the most hated enemy into the tent with him. Expect an argument, and you are blinded by the quick concession; yes, you are right on the larger principle —it is the smaller, more tangible points that seem to interest him. Expect a swell, born to well-placed connections, and you meet someone heir to another sort of legacy: the inner drive to meet those he needs to meet.

Expect a narcissist, and you meet a person who not only exposes his faults but has learned, adroitly, to brandish and exploit them. Such curious, even quirky behavior sets the political animal apart from the pack. How many times have you heard a colleague complain that he failed to get a promotion because of office politics?

What about the and the sharks who haunt the corridors of business and professional power? But we all know people who have succeeded swiftly and magnificently while others plod along one yard and a cloud of dust at a time.

For twenty-eight years I have worked in an environment where politics is the name of the game. Senate aide, presidential speechwriter and top assistant to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, I have seen men as different as Ronald Reagan and Thomas P.

I have gained something even more valuable than a healthy Rolodex of connections: the knowledge that success is only rarely based on the luck of looks, money or charisma. There is energy, of course.

All great pols have that. But what drives this energy is the willingness to learn and do whatever is necessary to reach the top. The more they succeed at their trade, the zestier they become.

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Hardball: How Politics is Played, Told by One Who Knows the Game

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Home Books Politics. I have known the simple, clear elation of victorious election nights when political careers were born. That night, Lyndon Baines Johnson took four showers. His real knack, as Machiavelli taught him five hundred years ago, lies in getting you to do things for him. The chapters and categories are well done and afterwards I felt that all of the important points and major ground of politics was covered. You will meet some very unlikely success stories, people who learned the game, played hard and won.

Some might say these tendencies are only human.

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