Chris Matthews' New Book Talk

A discussion of Matthews’ new book:

This Country: My Life in Politics and History

It is with pleasure we announce the return of Chris Matthews, former host of MSBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews, to share his new book, ‘This Country: My Life in Politics and History.' In the book, Chris tells the story of his life, which very much mirrors the ups and downs in the political history of the nation. It is a story of friendship and perseverance, of service and faith, of possibility and chance in his exceptional career and life.

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Attend to hear Chris talk about:

  • His upbringing in a large Irish-Catholic family in Philadelphia
  • His Peace Corps service in Africa and service in Capital Hill as a young man
  • Lessons from his campaign for Congress, which he lost
  • Speechwriting for President Carter and witnessing the administration's triumphs & tragedies 
  • Shifting from politics to being a columnist and a reporter and covering monumental world events - fall of Berlin Wall; first all-races South African election; the Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland, U.S. presidents
  • Pioneering his no-nonsense, fast-paced television show, Hardball with Chris Matthews

Chris Matthew's new book hits bookshelves Tuesday, June 1. Throughout the week, Chris will be making appearances on these important shows you can tune in and watch:

  • Tuesday, June 1, The Reidout
  • Wednesday, June 2: The Today Show, The View
  • Thursday, June 3: Morning Joe
  • Friday, June 4: Real Time with Bill Maher
  • Sunday, June 6: Meet The Press
  • Monday, June 7: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Book Order


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About Chris Matthews

Chris Matthews is a journalist, political commentator, and former host of Hardball with Chris Matthews, a nightly talk show. Matthews grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, graduated from Holy Cross in 1967, studied economics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and served in the Peace Corps in Africa from 1968 to 1970. Between 1970 and 1985, Matthews worked in various roles in politics and government, including being a press relationship officer and a presidential speechwriter in Jimmy Carter’s administration. (click here for more)

June 17, 2021 at 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Zoom Video Conference


Ben Nneji, President, Columbia University Club of Fairfield County


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