Tip And The Gipper: When Politics Worked

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The New York Times bestseller about the historic dealings between Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neill—“A superb tribute to the neglected art of compromise” (Daily News (New York)).

Tip and the Gipper is an “entertaining and insightful” (The Wall Street Journal) 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 top aide to Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill, who waged a principled war of political ideals with President Ronald Reagan from 1980 to 1986. Together, the two men became one of history’s most celebrated political pairings—the epitome of how ideological opposites can get things done.

When Reagan was elected to the presidency in a landslide victory over Jimmy Carter, Speaker O’Neill was 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 cutting the size of government programs and lowering tax rates. 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, their common cause, set a course toward peace in Northern Ireland. Through it all they maintained respect for each other’s positions and worked to advance the country rather than obstruct progress.

At the time of congressional gridlock, Tip and the Gipper stands as model behavior worthy of study by journalists, academics, and students of the political process for years to come. “This book is an invitation to join Tip and the Gipper in tall tales about how grand it was in the old country” (The Washington Post).


  • TipAndTheGipper 01 Title

    Duration: 26s
  • TipAndTheGipper 02 DedicationAndPreface

    Duration: 09min
  • TipAndTheGipper 03 Chapter1

    Duration: 27min
  • TipAndTheGipper 04 Chapter2

    Duration: 15min
  • TipAndTheGipper 05 Chapter3

    Duration: 25min
  • TipAndTheGipper 06 Chapter4

    Duration: 16min
  • TipAndTheGipper 07 Chapter5

    Duration: 28min
  • TipAndTheGipper 08 Chapter6

    Duration: 14min
  • TipAndTheGipper 09 Chapter7

    Duration: 31min
  • TipAndTheGipper 10 Chapter8

    Duration: 37min
  • TipAndTheGipper 11 Chapter9

    Duration: 32min
  • TipAndTheGipper 12 Chapter10

    Duration: 25min
  • TipAndTheGipper 13 Chapter11

    Duration: 28min
  • TipAndTheGipper 14 Chapter12

    Duration: 29min
  • TipAndTheGipper 15 Chapter13

    Duration: 49min
  • TipAndTheGipper 16 Chapter14

    Duration: 32min
  • TipAndTheGipper 17 Chapter15

    Duration: 28min
  • TipAndTheGipper 18 Chapter16

    Duration: 26min
  • TipAndTheGipper 19 Chapter17

    Duration: 48min
  • TipAndTheGipper 20 Chapter18

    Duration: 44min
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