From the author of the New York Times best seller 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' 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 listen as Jack Kennedy and a timely object lesson in how bipartisan cooperation can work.
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Chris is not the greatest narrator. He makes no effort to change his voice as the characters change, which made it difficult - at times - to determine who was speaking. His voice is not crisp, which was annoying at times as I tried to distinguish certain words.
Great story about how politics used to work. This is particularly relevant given the ugly condition that we have in Washington now. Chris had a great perspective in his role with Tip which adds significant credibility to the story.
I didn't want it to end
It's up there.
This is the first book by Chris Matthew's I've read. I am an avid watcher of Hardball and have followed Chris for more years than I care to remember. His constant interruption of his guest just irks me to no end. I have to admit he has improved his manners.
I was reluctant to purchase this audiobook because it was read by the author. However, listening to the sample changed my mind and I purchased it. What a treat. Chris didn't miss a beat and kept me up for hours listening. I listening to the book in two settings.
I found myself envious of Chris' life. From Africa to the halls of power and sometimes the man behind the man. I kind of understand why he interrupts his guest so often. He just doesn't have the time nor the patience for the bullshit.
I found myself at times emotionally drained. Like I was there in the room when it all went down. A fly on the wall so to speak. I was totally drawn into the story. I found myself comparing the past with the present situation going on now in the congress. This book should be required reading for all of congress.