From Americas preeminent columnist, named by the Financial Times the most influential commentator in the nation, the long-awaited collection of Charles Krauthammers 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 Krauthammers intelligence, erudition and wit are collected in one volume. Readers will find here not only the countrys leading conservative thinker offering a passionate defense of limited government, but also a highly independent mind whose viewson feminism, evolution and the death penalty, for exampledefy ideological convention. Things That Matter also features several of Krauthammers major path-breaking essayson bioethics, on Jewish destiny and on Americas role as the worlds superpowerthat have profoundly influenced the nations thoughts and policies. And finally, the collection presents a trove of always penetrating, often bemused reflections on everything from border collies to Halleys 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....
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Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics Reviews
Krauthammer's best seller is a compilation of many of his articles over the past 30+ years. I enjoy reading his regular Washington Post columns every week. I was unaware that he started out as a Democrat and once worked for Jimmy Carter's presidency. Of course now he is one of the conservative pundits that skewers liberals on a regular basis. He says he left the Democrats when it came to domestic policy when he saw how liberal programs failed time and time again to achieve the promised results. ...more
This is not really a review of such differing and numerous topics published here, but just some adjectives. Superb prose. Courageous intelligence. Dynamic, deep, loving devotion to what is important for human moderns. These coming from a doctor of the mind and the body who has followed his own fate during a lifetime moving on some nearly impossible personal and context paths. And with grace and total lack of vitriol in every sense, as well. Do not agree 100% with this man, but his wisdom is more ...more
I loved this book. I have seen him on TV and have been impressed with his ability, sagacity and persuasion. This book is a collection of his column writings and lectures over a span of a couple decades. Loved his vocabulary and voice-I heard him the whole book. I found him interesting even when I didn't even care about the subject he was talking about.
As #1 in Politics on amazon and featured by Jon Stewart, I was expecting some really cogent analysis. I did know they were just essays which are usually too short to interest me, but gave it a shot. This book is way over-hyped. It starts with a bunch of eulogies, then a few more lame essays that sound like ones i wrote in high school about my dog and Presidential elections. I read 25% and stopped, having never found anything 'with meat'.
The author does indeed come up with a list of topics that do or should matter to most. And while the specific subject matter (i.e. baseball, chess, bioethics, the Middle East) may not be of particular interest to some, the underlying themes (i.e. fairness, the beauty of logic or physics) are.
And while one may not always agree with the author’s viewpoint, he does present persuasive arguments and points to ponder from that opposing viewpoint in a respectful and measured manner.
I made Charles Krauthammer's "acquaintance" via FOX over the past few years and found that he has been the person I listen to most carefully on a variety of current political and cultural topics. Why? Because he actually analyzes events from all sides and looks at the evidence logically before coming to a conclusion and not in lockstep with every other commentator, and that I find so refreshing.Truly a thinking man, but not unfamiliar with life's challenges or without passions-love that chess an ...more
I almost give this book three stars because it was often thought-provoking. But Krauthammer's utter contempt for "liberalism" often overshadowed his ideas. The final quarter of the book says the same thing in essay after excruciating essay. He also seems to fall in love with certain words of phrases. I know a guy whose every political argument includes the concept of liberals being "poo-flinging monkees." Krauthammer is no better, using the analogy of Gulliver being tied down way too often. Wors ...more
It's tough to give full thoughts on this book since so many subjects are discussed and dissected. I am resigned to giving my general thoughts on his wider positions and the book's content.
First, the writing is impeccable. I don't know a political columnist who writes with such force and accessibility as Krauthammer. He defends his position in very concise ways and shows his general intelligence with a broad vocabulary and intellectual basis. His personal stories are great, especially when he goe ...more