This Country: My Life In Politics And History

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A sweeping memoir of American politics and history from Chris Matthews, New York Times bestselling author and former host of MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews.

In This Country, Chris Matthews offers a panoramic portrait of post–World War II America through the story of his remarkable life and career. It is a story of risk and adventure, of self-reliance and service, of loyalty and friendship. It is a story driven by an abiding faith in our country.

Raised in a large Irish-Catholic family in Philadelphia at a time when kids hid under their desks in atomic war drills, Chris’s life etched a pattern: take a leap, live an adventure, then learn what it means. As a young Peace Corps graduate, Chris moved to DC and began knocking on doors on Capitol Hill. With dreams of becoming what Ted Sorensen had been for Jack Kennedy, Chris landed as a staffer to Utah Senator Frank Moss, where his eyes were opened to the game of big-league politics.

In the 1970s, Matthews mounted a campaign for Congress as a Democratic maverick running against Philadelphia’s old political machine. He didn’t win the most votes, but his grit put him on the path to a top job in the White House. As a speechwriter for President Carter, Matthews witnessed the triumphs and tragedies of that administration; from the diplomatic brilliance of the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty to the disaster of the Iran hostage crisis. After Carter’s defeat, Chris became chief of staff to legendary Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill, a perch that gave him an on-the-job PhD in American politics during the Reagan years.

Chris then leapt to the other side of the political matrix as a columnist and reporter. For the San Francisco Examiner, he covered the fall of the Berlin Wall, the first all-races election in South Africa, the Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland, and every American presidency from Reagan to George W. Bush. Chris would go on to pioneer cable news with a fast-paced, no-nonsense television program. His show, Hardball with Chris Matthews, would become a political institution for twenty years.

As Chris charts his political odyssey, he paints an energetic picture of a nation searching for its soul. He reflects with grace and wisdom, showcasing the grand arc of the American story through one life dedicated to its politics.


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  • 043 ThisCountry ChapterThirty-Nine Millennial

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  • 044 ThisCountry ChapterForty AttackOnASeptemberMorning

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  • 045 ThisCountry ChapterForty-One AWarOfOurChoosing

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  • 047 ThisCountry ChapterForty-Three Duel

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  • 048 ThisCountry ChapterForty-Four AFuneralInRome

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  • 049 ThisCountry ChapterForty-Five Thrill

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  • 050 ThisCountry ChapterForty-Six KathleenMatthewsForCongress

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  • 051 ThisCountry ChapterForty-Seven Trump

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  • 052 ThisCountry ChapterForty-Eight Hardball

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  • 053 ThisCountry ChapterForty-Nine ThisCountry

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  • 054 ThisCountry Acknowledgments

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  • 055 ThisCountry Credits

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