TIP AND THE GIPPER is a magnificent personal history of a time when two great political opponents served together for the benefit of the country. Chris Matthews was an eyewitness to this story as 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.
When Ronald Reagan was elected to the presidency in a landslide victory over Jimmy Carter (for whom Matthews had worked as a speechwriter), Speaker O’Neill realized Americans had voted for a change. For the first time in his career, O’Neill also found himself thrust into the national spotlight as the highest-ranking leader of the Democratic Party—the most visible and respected challenger to President Reagan’s agenda of shrinking the government and lowering taxes.
Together, the two leaders fought over the major issues of the day—welfare, taxes, covert military operations, and Social Security—but found their way to agreements that reformed taxes, saved Social Security, and achieved their common cause of bringing peace to Northern Ireland.
As Matthews notes, “There is more than one sort of heroic behavior, and they don’t all look the same.” Tip and the Gipper is the story of the kind of heroism we need today.
Tip and the Gipper is now available online and in stores.
In the media:
Politico: ‘Chris Matthews draws on his 30-year-old journals for rich new book’
Mother Jones: ‘Matthews is telling a political tale, and though he was a front-row participant in the story, he admirably adopts and evenhanded approach…to serve up his big point: Political combat is necessary and important for the nation, but it need not be self-destructive and nuclear.’
Chris Matthews in Time: ‘Obama and Boehner can still get something done. Just take a page from Ron and Tip’
Publishers Weekly: ‘Part history, part Washington inside story, part career memoir, this inspiring story of two remarkable men is recommended for political junkies and insiders alike.’
Chris Matthews in USA Weekend recounts how O’Neill and Reagan made politics work for the people.
Michael Smerconish in the Philadelphia Inquirer: “Why Matthews has chosen this moment to release a book with stories he lived three decades ago is obvious. As he told me, ‘What we’re going through right now is not normal American politics.’”
Book signing dates
10/1/13 Cooper Union/New York, NY – talk/signing 6:30 pm
10/3/13 Harvard Coop/Cambridge,MA – talk/signing 11:00 am
10/3/13 Cambridge Public Library MA – talk/signing 7:00 pm (Porter Square Books)
10/5/13 Costco/Arlington, VA – signing 12:00 p.m.
10/7/13 Commonwealth Club/Palo Alto, CA – talk/signing 7:00 pm
10/8/13 World Affairs Council/San Francisco, CA – talk/signing 7:00 pm
10/9/13 Ronald Reagan Presidential Library/Simi Valley, CA – talk/signing 7:00 pm
10/10/13 Barnes & NobleThe Grove/Los Angeles, CA signing 7:00 pm
10/12/13 Costco/Westlake Village, CA – signing 1:00 pm
10/19/13 Politics & Prose/Washington, DC – talk/signing 6:00 pm
10/20/13 North Central College/Naperville, IL–talk/signing 2:00 p.m.
10/21/31 Standard Club/Chicago, IL – talk/signing 11:30 am
10/22/13 National Constitution Center/Philadelphia, PA – talk/signing 7:00 pm
10/25/13 Enoch Pratt Public Library/Baltimore, MD – talk/signing 7:30 pm
10/26/13 Barrington Books/Barrington, RI talk/signing 1:00 pm
10/29/13 National Archives/Washington, DC – talk/signing 12:00 noon
11/2/13 Sam¹s Club/Annapolis, MD signing 12:00 noon
11/10/13 MJCCA Book Festival/Atlanta, GA – keynote/signing 7:30 pm (A Cappella Books)
11/12/13 Hudson Union Society/New York, NY – talk/signing
11/18/13 Town Hall/Seattle, WA talk/signing 7:30 pm (Elliott Bay)
11/22/13 Barnes & Noble on 555 12th Street, NW/Washington D.C. signing 4 p.m.
11/24/13 Miami Book Fair/Miami, FL- closing event 5:00 pm (Books & Books)
12/3/13 Kentucky Author Forum/Louisville, KY- talk/signing 6:30 pm (Carmichael’s)
12/4/13 Joseph-Beth Booksellers/Lexington, KY talk/signing 7:00 pm
12/7/13 Mitchell’s Book Corner/Nantucket, MA talk/signing 4:00 p.m.
12/10/13 Joseph-Beth Booksellers/Cincinnati, OH – talk/signing 7:00 pm
12/11/13 Thurber House/Columbus, OH – talk/signing 7:30 pm (B&N)
12/12/13 92nd Street Y/New York, NY – talk/signing sponsored by the Common Ground Committee 7:30 pm
12/14/13 Barnes & Noble/Bethesda, MD – signing at 12 p.m.
Upcoming media appearances on ‘Tip and The Gipper’
9/29/13 Meet The Press/NBC-TV
10/1/13 Today Show/NBC-TV
10/1/13 Morning Joe/MSNBC
10/1/13 Now with Alex Wagner/MSNBC
10/1/13 The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell/MSNBC
10/2/13 Andrea Mitchell Reports/MSNBC
10/2/13 The Colbert Report/Comedy Central
10/10/13 The Tonight Show/NBC-TV
10/11/13 Real Time with Bill Maher/HBO
10/14/13 The Daily Rundown/MSNBC
10/19/13 Disrupt with Karen Finney/MSNBC
11/13/13 Late Show with David Letterman/CBS-TV