Hardball Handbook How to Win at Life

ISBN-10: 0812975979
ISBN-13: 9780812975970
Edition: 2009
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Description: Chris Matthews is like no other TV interviewer.Life's a Campaignis like no other book on success. Famous for demanding the truth from hisHardballguests, Chris Matthews now reveals what the people running this country rarely confess: the secrets of  More...

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List price: $15.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 4/14/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.418
Language: English

Chris Matthews is like no other TV interviewer.Life's a Campaignis like no other book on success. Famous for demanding the truth from hisHardballguests, Chris Matthews now reveals what the people running this country rarely confess: the secrets of how they got to the top. Here is the first book on power with insight snatched from those who wield it.Life's a Campaignexposes the tactics, tricks, and truths that help people get aheadand can help you, too, whatever your field of ambition. Written in the assertive, good-natured style that is Matthews's trademark,Life's a Campaignis the most useful kind of investigative reporting. You'll benefit from his insider's scrutiny of the Congress, the White House, and the national news media. Here are the methods, showcased in fascinating anecdotes and case histories, that presidents, senators, and other powerful people use to persuade others and winand thelife lessons they provide for the rest of us. You'll learn about Bill Clinton's laser-focused ability tolisten to those he wants to seduceand how he's been teaching that craft to his wife, Hillary; how Ronald Reagan employed his basic optimism to win history to his side; the simple steps inhuman diplomacy that the first President Bush exploited to assemble a worldwide posse to attack Saddam Hussein and gain global approval in a way his son has failed to do; how Nancy Pelosi became the first woman Speaker of the House by practicing the most fundamental of human qualities: hardnosed loyalty. You'll also find out, for the first time, about Matthews's own wild ride through the turbulent, converging rapids of politics and journalism. The big payoff inLife's a Campaignis what you'll learn about human nature: People would ratherbe 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. Knowing such truths is the successful person's number one advantage in life. As you'll learn inLife's a Campaign,masteringand employingthese truths separates the leaders from the followers. From the Hardcover edition.

Chris Matthews was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on December 17, 1945. He is a 1967 graduate of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, and he did graduate work in economics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He served in the United States Peace Corps in Swaziland from 1968 to 1970 as a trade development adviser. He is a news anchor and political commentator, known for his nightly hour-long talk show, Hardball with Chris Matthews, which is televised on MSNBC. On weekends he hosts the syndicated NBC News produced panel discussion program, The Chris Matthews Show. He has written several books including Kennedy and Nixon: The Rivalry that Shaped Postwar America, Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero, American: Beyond Our Grandest Notions, Now, Let Me Tell You What I Really Think, and Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked.

Introduction
Friendship
Whatever Gets You in the Game
Not Everyone Is Going to Like You
Not Everyone Is Going to Like Me
The Person Who Hires You Is Your Number One Stockholder
The Best Gift You Can Give a Stranger Is an Audience
Up Beats Down
Ask!
Don't Call Just When You Need Something
People Don't Mind Being Used; They Mind Being Discarded
Rivalry
Grin When You Fight
It's Not Crowded at the Top
No One's Ever Late for an Execution
Nobody Wants a Level Playing Field
Fire When Ready
Attack from a Defensive Position
Reputation
Don't Pick on Someone Your Own Size
Rites of Passage
Keep Good Company
Lowball It!
When in Doubt, Put It Out
You Only Get One Reputation
Success
Aim High
Speak Up!
The Bug
Wherever You Go, That's Where You're Going to Be
Acknowledgments
Index

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