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  1. 4 out of 5

    Donald Powell

    Chris Matthews displays his honesty and pugnacity in this pleasant memoir. Hs zeal to find the debate, the controversy, rings through each chapter. HIs ethical, ambitious drive is also apparent. He had a great upbringing and his sense of right and wrong, as always, seems to be a guiding beacon. American history from World War II to date is chronicled from the perspective of a journalist seeking the "gotcha". This was an interesting and entertaining view. His inquisitive but informed perspective h Chris Matthews displays his honesty and pugnacity in this pleasant memoir. Hs zeal to find the debate, the controversy, rings through each chapter. HIs ethical, ambitious drive is also apparent. He had a great upbringing and his sense of right and wrong, as always, seems to be a guiding beacon. American history from World War II to date is chronicled from the perspective of a journalist seeking the "gotcha". This was an interesting and entertaining view. His inquisitive but informed perspective has been a blessing to us all as readers/viewers of the political news.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Brian Willis

    Matthews, after writing bios of JFK and RFK, as well as a focus on the working partnership of Reagan and Tip O'Neill - his former boss, turns the spotlight on his own life as a political junkie. How does one discover they want to be in politics? How do they go about getting their foot in the door? What happens when they do and how do they continue to opine on their political passions in this day and age? Chris Matthews does keep a pretty tight focus on his own development as a political advisor a Matthews, after writing bios of JFK and RFK, as well as a focus on the working partnership of Reagan and Tip O'Neill - his former boss, turns the spotlight on his own life as a political junkie. How does one discover they want to be in politics? How do they go about getting their foot in the door? What happens when they do and how do they continue to opine on their political passions in this day and age? Chris Matthews does keep a pretty tight focus on his own development as a political advisor and later as a journalist. We see the pretty typical life of an Irish Catholic American growing up in Pennsylvania, who has loving parents and brothers. Matthews grew up in a Republican household and one enmeshed in deep Cold War politics. It was JFK who started to change Matthews into a Democrat, but one still hawkish on the spread of communism (as JFK was). He tells how he witnessed the chaos of the 1968 Democratic convention and the implosion of the Democratic Party in the 70s. He works for Jimmy Carter in the White House and then later for Tip O'Neill in the House leadership as an aide. Then he shifts into a journalist, writing for the San Francisco Examiner, as well as beginning to become a television personality, first on The McLaughlin Group, then on his own shows including Hard Ball. He also has a healthy dose of personal life stuff, and I found his account of working in Africa for the Peace Corps moving and honest. Despite some shots by the right wing media, Matthews is a fairly straightforward left of center political commentator and this is a breezy and fascinating read of his career. He believes straightforward in the progressivism of the Democratic Party in social issues but is still an old school "hawk" in foreign policy, not so much in waging war but being tough on wrong doing abroad. It's not very contentious at all, and should be read by his fans or even keel fans of political journalists and politics behind the scenes. The only venom is his brief chapter on - you guessed it - Trump. He criticizes some Democratic moves and he praises some Republicans personally (the George H.W. Bush story is personal and moving). He is also honest when Republicans had great moments of communication and/or politics, or criticizes any President when they made what he perceives as a bad move politically or morally. To his credit, Matthews also documents how he saw those moves at the time they were made and not with the benefit of hindsight, and addresses the moments where even he got it a little wrong. Really good overview of a very recognizable television political personality as he moves into more of an "emeritus" role on tv.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Phil

    I really enjoyed Chris Matthew's walk through the major events of the baby boomer generation from the perspective of his seat in government and media. From Kennedy v Nixon to the debacle of Trump, along with personal memoir, he moves from moment to moment. Matthews has always come through as the voice of everyman. It's no different here. The narrative flows easily. I really enjoyed Chris Matthew's walk through the major events of the baby boomer generation from the perspective of his seat in government and media. From Kennedy v Nixon to the debacle of Trump, along with personal memoir, he moves from moment to moment. Matthews has always come through as the voice of everyman. It's no different here. The narrative flows easily.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Carole

    I have to admit that I really enjoy(ed) Chris Matthews ever since I first saw him on Hardball. He alleviated my homesickness for Philadelphia and most of the time shared similar viewpoints to my own. That Philly accent always kept me in touch with who I really am/was even after all these years in south Florida. It is also nice to read a memoir written by someone who has lived a completely different life, but experienced all of the same major world events, and hear his experience and feelings abou I have to admit that I really enjoy(ed) Chris Matthews ever since I first saw him on Hardball. He alleviated my homesickness for Philadelphia and most of the time shared similar viewpoints to my own. That Philly accent always kept me in touch with who I really am/was even after all these years in south Florida. It is also nice to read a memoir written by someone who has lived a completely different life, but experienced all of the same major world events, and hear his experience and feelings about those. I find Chris Matthews to be pretty refreshing, sort of still an innocent non-cynical person. Perhaps this is because he had a pretty normal family life with two parents and lots of sibs and married a normal person and has normal kids. I hope Chris knows what a great life he has, and I wish him the best that this life continues. This book was written in the chronological order of Chris's life. He has had so many interesting and exciting choices to make, and so many times his life could have turned out completely differently, but somehow he found his way to where he really wanted to go -- all the time -- and found the love of his life too! Anyone who likes/liked Chris Matthews on Hardball will enjoy reading this. It is fun and very readable and even informative. There are tales you probably and experiences with famous people that you probably never heard before. It really bothers me that he had to "retire" because of "inappropriate comments". That crap just drives me crazy. He may have been outdated, but he certainly had a loyal audience, and even though I am also an old person, I cringed sometimes at the things he said to female guests -- but I also cringed sometimes at the things he said to male guests. It's like when Biden referred to Obama as "articulate" -- that kind of cringing. I don't think Chris went beyond the making women cringe at things he said -- anyway, this cancel culture crap has got to stop. I thank Chris for sharing his life memories, and congratulate him on a terrific life. I also thank him for sharing those 20 years of Hardball with his audience.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Everydayreader1

    Like so many of us, I've watched Chris Matthews for years on television. Until a few years ago, I hadn't read any of his books. When I read "Bobby Kennedy: Raging Spirit," I was fascinated by his writing. In my view, he brought Bobby Kennedy to life. In "This Country," though autobiographical, he does the same thing for himself. His reflections, his forthrightness, his ability to capture and analyze moments, and his tenacious quest for the truth, make this book an excellent read, no matter ones p Like so many of us, I've watched Chris Matthews for years on television. Until a few years ago, I hadn't read any of his books. When I read "Bobby Kennedy: Raging Spirit," I was fascinated by his writing. In my view, he brought Bobby Kennedy to life. In "This Country," though autobiographical, he does the same thing for himself. His reflections, his forthrightness, his ability to capture and analyze moments, and his tenacious quest for the truth, make this book an excellent read, no matter ones political persuasion. One thing that struck me, several times over, as I read this book, is how the collective history he has witnessed can be of such benefit to us now, and generations to come. Without knowing and understanding where we've come from, we can't make the future better. I was struck by the idea, expressed multiple times, in many different phrases, that we need to fully know and appreciate where we've been to be able to move forward. That, to me, is the lesson of this book. One reason I love to read is, if a book is truly excellent, it is a lesson to me. The take aways from it don't end when I finish the last page. They stay in my mind and heart and percolate over time. I hope this book does that for you. I hope it causes you to think. I hope it causes you to imagine a better world. I hope it causes you to stay invested in this wonderful country of ours. I hope it causes you to participate in the political process—to vote or run for office, whatever that is for you. I hope it causes you to tear up when you think about the Statue of Liberty and other historical representations. Why? Because, they are part of America. They are part of who we are. In that same way, Chris Matthews and this book are part of who we are. Happy reading!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    4+ Chris Matthews writes well. He has been a professional speech writer, journalist, and TV commentator for more than 40 years. He has always been outspoken and sometimes brash. I often agree with him...but not always. I do believe that he tells it as he sees it, and takes responsibility for his mistakes. He is not a perfect man, but I believe he is a sincere and honest one. I am glad that I took this trip with him back over his career and the political and world events that surrounded it. It was 4+ Chris Matthews writes well. He has been a professional speech writer, journalist, and TV commentator for more than 40 years. He has always been outspoken and sometimes brash. I often agree with him...but not always. I do believe that he tells it as he sees it, and takes responsibility for his mistakes. He is not a perfect man, but I believe he is a sincere and honest one. I am glad that I took this trip with him back over his career and the political and world events that surrounded it. It was a reflection of the background of my own life over these years, from the perspective of one who was more involved and aware of the nuances that were not part of my daily existence. He was as passionate about his profession as I was about my very different one. Yet we were both a part of the same history, impacted by the personalities and events that determined our futures. This is a relatively short book, but it surveyed more than 50 years. It's an album of snapshots, each of which is worthy of its own detailed investigation. There is little deep analysis here, but that was not Matthews' purpose. This was instead one man's personal high altitude view of the second half of 20th century America and the opening decades of the 21st. The years themselves sped by as did the pages of this book. I recommend it either as a review of these times or an introduction to them.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Susan Tunis

    This is not a proper review. While I was listening to this audiobook, yes, there were a lot of things about Mr. Mathews' early life and career that I didn't know. His background was interesting. But mostly I couldn't get past a feeling that I didn't want to give this old, white man any more attention. There's something about him, and the generation and demographic he epitomizes that I'm just sick of listening to. His career went out with the ultimate whimper, and not a bang. I hear absolutely no This is not a proper review. While I was listening to this audiobook, yes, there were a lot of things about Mr. Mathews' early life and career that I didn't know. His background was interesting. But mostly I couldn't get past a feeling that I didn't want to give this old, white man any more attention. There's something about him, and the generation and demographic he epitomizes that I'm just sick of listening to. His career went out with the ultimate whimper, and not a bang. I hear absolutely no reflection or awareness in these pages. I'm done with him. Next!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Evels

    A fascinating political life Chris Matthews, always asking the right questions of our elected officials, takes us on a journey of his experience with politics. Beginning with his stint in the Peace Corps, to his job as Capitol police, to speechwriter, newspaper columnist, and tv personality, he has searched for the truth. I enjoyed his honest perspectives of our history and our politicians.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Hasan

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book was Chris Matthews' professional autobiography. It is narrated by the author, which really packs a punch in the audiobook format. The first two-thirds of the book is interesting with anecdotes and stories about his time in Africa, working for Congress, working in the Carter White House and then being a top side for House Speaker Tip O'Neill. The last third of the book, mostly during Matthews' time on television, is largely boring and abbreviated. This book was Chris Matthews' professional autobiography. It is narrated by the author, which really packs a punch in the audiobook format. The first two-thirds of the book is interesting with anecdotes and stories about his time in Africa, working for Congress, working in the Carter White House and then being a top side for House Speaker Tip O'Neill. The last third of the book, mostly during Matthews' time on television, is largely boring and abbreviated.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Eric

    If you are a "Hardball" fan, (I am not) you may find this a piece of edifying literature; else it's little more than a work of left-leaning screed. Matthews allows that he was once a Barry Goldwater conservative, and he even admits that the "getting a thrill up his leg" comment about Obama was less than his finest hour. Vignettes that included being an Irish pol were explanatory. Over all pretty forgettable. If you are a "Hardball" fan, (I am not) you may find this a piece of edifying literature; else it's little more than a work of left-leaning screed. Matthews allows that he was once a Barry Goldwater conservative, and he even admits that the "getting a thrill up his leg" comment about Obama was less than his finest hour. Vignettes that included being an Irish pol were explanatory. Over all pretty forgettable.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Raafter

    hadn't heard of Chris Matthews prior to listening to this. At least from his perspective he seems a rational somewhat balanced person. From what I gather (haven't watched him on TV) he is one of those fast talkers who talks over people, but when he writes his book he sounds like he does see both sides.... hadn't heard of Chris Matthews prior to listening to this. At least from his perspective he seems a rational somewhat balanced person. From what I gather (haven't watched him on TV) he is one of those fast talkers who talks over people, but when he writes his book he sounds like he does see both sides....

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tc

    I challenge myself to read books by writers that I feel will have opposite opinions from me. I rarely watch TV news shows where the host ask questions nightly. I had no idea how intelligent and well prepared Chris Matthews was to hold his position. His background was perfect. I appreciate his journey and his opinions. This was well worth listening to as he narrated the book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Michael Asen

    Nothing new but a quick fun read.

  14. 5 out of 5

    John Bohnert

    I've been interested in politics since my freshman year in college. So, I enjoyed reading this book very much. I've been interested in politics since my freshman year in college. So, I enjoyed reading this book very much.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mari

    Outstanding piece of writing. What a life this man has had. A great read if you’re a political “junkie.” I highly recommend.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    Very good read. I miss "Hardball" on MSNBC. Chris got a raw deal. Very good read. I miss "Hardball" on MSNBC. Chris got a raw deal.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Allen Stebbins

    I was a Hardball fan, so a Matthews fan too. I wasn’t to sure of how to characterize his book but in the end I came to feel it was his love letter to America.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Abbie

    3.5 stars. This was good and interesting.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Susan Kosel

    You can hear the author’s voice.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Stuart T Edelstein

    Hardball by a Great reporter Anyone who loves and appreciates American politics will enjoy the life of Chris Mathews who loves American politics and reporting it. His storIes of covering politicians are fascinating. His early retirement a loss to all listeners.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Murray Heltzer

  22. 4 out of 5

    Katie Cunningham

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jack White

  24. 4 out of 5

    Charlie

  25. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

  26. 5 out of 5

    pat brown

  27. 4 out of 5

    Joseph Murray

  28. 5 out of 5

    MONA MERRYMANS

  29. 4 out of 5

    Bob

  30. 5 out of 5

    Bobbi

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