Things That Matter

Things That Matter

Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes, and Politics

Book - 2015 | First paperback edition
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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 re flections 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 indispensable 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.
Publisher: New York : Crown Forum, [2015]
Edition: First paperback edition
ISBN: 9780385349192
038534919X
Branch Call Number: 814 Krau
Characteristics: viii, 405 pages ; 21 cm

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jackhart99
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.

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naturalist
Aug 17, 2014

Biographical reference from RationalWiki: ..... http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Charles_Krauthammer

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MichaelJSullivan
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.

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StarGladiator
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.

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brigpa1
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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