With his more than forty years experience observing people and politicians in our nation's capitalten of those years on Hardball, five nights a weekChris Matthews has learned from the pros what it takes to be a success. Now Matthews shows us what we can learn from the worlds most accomplished people and, more important, how we can emulate their best habits to improve our own lives. In The Hardball Handbook, Chris Matthews focuses on four areasfriendship, rivalry, reputation, and successand shows how we can cull the best traits of others and use them ourselves. Matthews takes us on a raucous road trip through political history and points out the bestand worstbehaviors of some of its most notable characters. Written in the assertive, good-natured style that is Matthewss trademark, each chapter has something to teach us. Here are a few truths from The Hardball Handbook: People would rather be listened to than listen. People dont mind being used; what they mind is being discarded. People are more loyal to the people theyve helped than the people theyve helped are loyal to them. Not everyones going to like you. No matter what anybody says, nobody wants a level playing field. Once you understand these and other universal truthsand how to make them work for youyoull be ready to win at life.From the Trade Paperback edition.