"Hardball" is more than just the title for Chris Matthews' long-running news show on MSNBC. He made a name for himself by asking the tough questions and demanding answers during his three decades journalism career. But Matthews, 72, is no one-dimensional talk-show host. After working in the Peace Corps in Africa as a young man, he worked in the U.S. Senate, served as a presidential speechwriter, and became the top aide to legendary House Speaker Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill.
Matthews had already experienced a full career when "Hardball" was launched on MSNBC in 1997, with its title taken from Matthews' best-selling handbook on real-life politics published in 1988. As his network biography points out, he has been "on the air every weekday night since" – more than 21 years.
He is the author of eight best-selling books,
His most recent book, Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit, published in November 2017, has earned critical acclaim as well as becoming an instant best-seller.
60 Minutes Correspondent Lesley Stahl writes: "If you love reading about politics, if you ever loved the Kennedys or were fascinated by them, if you love biographical history or if you just like a good yarn about a brooding soul who turns into an uplifting, magnetic force, Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit should be your next read. It's well-researched, dramatically told. It brings those times – Camelot and after – back to life."
Matthews, born and raised in Philadelphia, is married to Kathleen Matthews,
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