Things That Matter by Charles Krauthammer
Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes, and Politics

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This is a great book for any reader who has an interest in politics, in Charles Krauthammer and in a studying the writings of a great thinker and a great writer. I like this book. And, it's worth repeating, I like Charles Krauthammer.
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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.
 

About Charles Krauthammer

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Charles Krauthammer is a Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist, political commentator, and physician. His column is syndicated to more than 350 newspapers and media outlets. He has been a contributing editor to the Weekly Standard and The New Republic. He is also a weekly panelist on the PBS news program Inside Washington and a nightly panelist on Fox News's Special Report with Bret Baier.
 
Published October 22, 2013 by Crown Forum. 416 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

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on Oct 01 2013

Krauthammer's interest in world championship chess and mathematics helps him ably convey the magic of the convergence of science and art in monumental expressions of man's political concerns and strivings...A sparkling collection that frames each of the particular contributions anew.

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Reviewed by pfaulhaber on Dec 27 2013

This is a great book for any reader who has an interest in politics, in Charles Krauthammer and in a studying the writings of a great thinker and a great writer.

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Reviewed by Michael Taube on Dec 18 2013

His writings remain as fresh, intelligent, compelling and thought-provoking as they were when he first wrote them.

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Seattle PI

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Reviewed by pfaulhaber on Dec 26 2013

This is a great book for any reader who has an interest in politics, in Charles Krauthammer and in a studying the writings of a great thinker and a great writer. I like this book. And, it's worth repeating, I like Charles Krauthammer.

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on Feb 06 2014

All in all, Things That Matter is one of the most perfectly solid books out there, being filled to the brim with interesting and thoughtful content that can make you feel and think on numerous levels. I definitely recommend it to Krauthammer’s fans, and anyone...

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