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Chris Matthews on Playing "Hardball."

Columnist Christopher Matthews. His first book, Hardball: How Politics is Played, is a humorous, anecdotal account of the 24-hour struggle for power and position that politicians happily immerse themselves in. The book has been described as a modern version of The Prince by Nicolo Machiavelli. Matthews is a former speechwriter to President Jimmy Carter and senior aide and spokesman to former Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill. Matthews is currently the Washington bureau chief for the San Francisco Examiner, and can be seen delivering political commentary on the "Larry King Show."

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Other segments from the episode on June 13, 1988

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, June 13, 1988: Interview with Chris Matthews; Review of Earl Turbinton's album "Brothers for Life"; Interview with Bharati Mukherjee; Commentary on the television show …

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