The Hardball Handbook by Chris Matthews

The Hardball Handbook

By Chris Matthews

  • Publication Date: 2007-10-02
  • Genre: Politics & Current Events
4 Score: 4 (From 8 Ratings)

Book Synopsis

With his more than forty years’ experience observing people and politicians in our nation's capital–ten of those years on Hardball, five nights a week–Chris Matthews has learned from the pros what it takes to be a success. Now Matthews shows us what we can learn from the world’s most accomplished people and, more important, how we can emulate their best habits to improve our own lives.

In The Hardball Handbook, Chris Matthews focuses on four areas–friendship, rivalry, reputation, and success–and shows how we can cull the best traits of others and use them ourselves. Matthews takes us on a raucous road trip through political history and points out the best–and worst–behaviors of some of its most notable characters. Written in the assertive, good-natured style that is Matthews’s trademark, each chapter has something to teach us. Here are a few truths from The Hardball Handbook:

• People would rather be listened to than listen.
• People don’t mind being used; what they mind is being discarded.
• People are more loyal to the people they’ve helped than the people they’ve helped are loyal to them.
• Not everyone’s going to like you.
• No matter what anybody says, nobody wants a level playing field.

Once you understand these and other universal truths–and how to make them work for you–you’ll be ready to win at life.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Latest User Reviews

  • Hardball Handbook

    By Shiva Elahi
    I bought this book after watching him brilliantly debunk a conservative talk show host on Bill Maher. That was around 10 last night. It's now 7 am, and I just finished reading it cover to cover. It's that good. Thank you Chris. When the bug takes me to the place where I can publish a book, you'll be in it as one of my role models. Keep 'em coming!