Things That Matter

Things That Matter

Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes, and Politics

Book - 2013
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From America’s preeminent columnist, named by the Financial Times the most influential commentator in the nation, the long-awaited collection of Charles Krauthammer’s essential, timeless writings.
A brilliant stylist known for an uncompromising honesty that challenges conventional wisdom at every turn, Krauthammer has for decades daz­zled readers with his keen insight into politics and government. His weekly column is a must-read in Washington and across the country. Now, finally, the best of Krauthammer’s intelligence, erudition and wit are collected in one volume.
Readers will find here not only the country’s leading conservative thinker offering a pas­sionate defense of limited government, but also a highly independent mind whose views—on feminism, evolution and the death penalty, for example—defy ideological convention. Things That Matter also features several of Krautham­mer’s major path-breaking essays—on bioeth­ics, on Jewish destiny and on America’s role as the world’s superpower—that have pro­foundly influenced the nation’s thoughts and policies. And finally, the collection presents a trove of always penetrating, often bemused re­flections on everything from border collies to Halley’s Comet, from Woody Allen to Win­ston Churchill, from the punishing pleasures of speed chess to the elegance of the perfectly thrown outfield assist.
With a special, highly autobiographical in­troduction in which Krauthammer reflects on the events that shaped his career and political philosophy, this indispensible chronicle takes the reader on a fascinating journey through the fashions and follies, the tragedies and triumphs, of the last three decades of American life.

Baker & Taylor
A Pulitzer Prize-winning conservative columnist presents a collection of his top-selected writings on what he believes renders the "American experiment" vibrant and special, exploring topics ranging from health care and space exploration to religion and baseball. (This book was previously featured in Forecast.)

& Taylor

The conservative columnist presents a collection of his writings on what he believes renders the "American experiment" vibrant and special, exploring topics ranging from health care and space exploration to religion and baseball.

Publisher: New York, NY : Crown, [2013]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780385349178
Branch Call Number: 973.93 K869t
Characteristics: x, 387 pages ; 25 cm


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Jan 24, 2018

Krauthammer serves up a lot of characteristic wit, erudition, and careful thinking, on topics from chess and baseball to the future of Israel and America's place in the world. He has traversed the political spectrum over his intellectual career, from a speechwriter for Mondale to much a more recent conservative voice; whichever end resonates deeper with each reader, we will find much to applaud, and much that is challenging. This 30-year retrospective of various columns is an excellent read.

Oct 26, 2015

I've always enjoyed Charles many appearances on Bill O'Reilly's show and upon finding out he had written a book I quickly secured a copy. The format covers over 30 years of Mr. Krauthammer's writings from the mid-80's to the present. It is an intellectual read that will push your mind but something I've always enjoyed about his writing in getting his readers to think outside the box. If you're a fan you'll enjoy. If you're a detractor, you may find yourself convinced otherwise as his arguments are compelling.

Aug 17, 2014

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May 23, 2014

This guy has become his own biggest fan. He assumes that everybody needs his explanation of any issue, and he has no respect for an opposing opinion. I hope he writes no more books.

Apr 24, 2014

Although I did not read this entire book [I skimmed portions of it, I admit my stomach simply isn't that strong], it is obvious Krauthammer is still a complete whackjob! Always has been, always probably will remain so.

Apr 24, 2014

The first half of this book was engrossing as Krauthammer discourses on a wide range of topics. He is an incredibly intelligent individual and can convince even when having a different opinion. The second half was not as interesting to me due to its emphasis on foreign policy.


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