From the author of the New
York Times bestseller 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’s 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 both
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 read as Jack Kennedy and a timely object lesson in how bipartisan
cooperation can work. Download and start listening now!