Tip and the Gipper : when politics worked / Chris Matthews.
Author: Matthews, Christopher, 1945- author.
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
New York : Simon and Schuster, 2013.
ISBN: 9781451695991 (hardcover)
Description: xvii, 423 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Subject: Reagan, Ronald Political and social views.
O'Neill, Tip Political and social views.
Reagan, Ronald Influence.
O'Neill, Tip Influence.
United States Politics and government 1945-1989.
Contents: Death of a presidency -- Starting out -- Starring Ronald Reagan -- New kid on the block -- Joining the fight -- The Lord is my shepherd -- Ronald Reagan's journey -- The rise of Tip O'Neill -- Hero -- Fighting season -- Battlefield promotion -- Turning -- Summit -- Partners -- Tip at the top -- Deal -- Lebanon and Grenada -- Victory and survival -- Mikhail Gorbachev -- Hurrah! -- Common ground -- Last battle -- Legacy.
Summary: This book relates a personal history of a time when two great political opponents served together for the benefit of the country. The author was a top aide to Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill, who waged a principled war of political ideals with President Reagan from 1980 to 1986. Together, the two men forged compromises that shaped America's future and became one of history's most celebrated political pairings: the epitome of how ideological opposites can get things done. The two leaders fought over the major issues of the day including welfare, taxes, covert military operations, and Social Security, but maintained respect for each other's positions and worked to advance the country rather than obstruct progress.