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Now, Let Me Tell You What I Really Think
by Chris Matthews '67

Chris Matthews' new book, Now, Let Me Tell You What I Really Think (The Free Press), is a collection of views on a spectrum of national issues by a veteran of political journalism. While offering his own unique observations and analysis on everything from race relations to religion, Matthews shares his life's story, chronicling episodes from his childhood in Philadelphia, his two years in Africa with the Peace Corps, and his run for Congress. He also shares his opinion on what it means to be an American today. 

"I know a lot of people have a lot of theories about my politics and where I really stand," says Matthews. "With this book I'm forfeiting my Miranda rights. Everything I say will be used against me."

Chris Matthews '67 is the host of Hardball with Chris Matthews and the author of Hardball (1988) and Kennedy & Nixon (1996). He is also a nationally syndicated columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and a commentator on NBC's Today. Matthews served as a speechwriter for President Carter and as top aide to House Speaker Tip O'Neill. He lives in Chevy Chase, Md., with his wife, Kathleen Matthews, and their three children.


Now, Let Me Tell You What I Really Think


Cruising Ireland's Shannon & Erne Waterways
by Robert G. Gifford '49

Cruising Ireland's Shannon & Erne Waterways is the latest in the "Gifford's Guides" series by Robert G. Gifford '49. A compendium of information regarding lodging, dining and interesting sites, the guide also offers tips on boat rentals. The book, the product of seven years of research and writing, shows the novice "just how much fun moving a self-drive motor cruiser over these beautiful waterways is; what there is to see and do (and there is a lot), how inexpensive it is, and how to do it."

A graduate of Fordham University Law School, Gifford joined the New York law firm of Reid & Priest in 1956 and practiced there until his retirement in 1994. Along the way, he "wandered into" maritime law but never boarded ship or boat until he took his wife and seven children on a barge trip in France through the Nivernais Canal. Since that initial voyage, he has traveled the Midi Canal, the Rhone a Sete, in the Alsace from Hesse to Boofzheim, the Lot River, the Mayenne River and most recently, on the two large rivers in Ireland, the Shannon and the Erne. 

  Cruising Ireland’s Shannon & Erne Waterways

As Leaven in the World: Catholic Perspectives on Faith, Vocation and the Intellectual Life
by Thomas M. Landy

As Leaven in the World: Catholic Perspectives on Faith, Vocation and the Intellectual Life (Sheed and Ward, 2001) is a collection of essays on the interaction of faith and work. Edited by Thomas M. Landy, associate director of the College's Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture, the book stems from nearly a decade of conferences sponsored by Collegium, a consortium of 60 Catholic colleges and universities that sponsors annual colloquies on faith and intellectual life. It includes essays by Holy Cross faculty members Elizabeth Johns, Brian F. Linnane, S.J., and Joanna Ziegler. 

Landy is the founder and director of Collegium. He has published numerous scholarly and popular articles and serves as a consulting editor of Commonweal magazine.

  As Leaven in the World: Catholic Perspectives on Faith, Vocation and the Intellectual Life



Not That You Asked
by Mark Randall '73

Mark Randall '73, free-lance writer and jazz pianist, has recently published Not That You Asked, collected writings on "drinking, smoking, society, education, art and various other things on the decline."

Irreverent, provocative and, according to the author himself, "occasionally witty," the Philadelphia-based Randall gives his own unique take on everything from city living to identity politics. Art Carey of The Philadelphia Inquirer called these essays "wonderful . elegant writing . combines the literary lucidity of Edmund Wilson with the wicked wit of Oscar Wilde."

  Not That You Asked




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