Things That Matter

Things That Matter

Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics

Downloadable Audiobook - 2013 | Unabridged
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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.
Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, 2013
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780553398311
Characteristics: 1 online resource (10 audio files) : digital
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Additional Contributors: Krauthammer, Charles

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Dec 22, 2016

Really good book. Krauthammer includes obituaries, humor, and serious reflection in here. The piece he wrote right after 9/11 I think is the best.

Oct 11, 2016

As a physician, I find it fascinating and amazing that Dr. Krauthammer completed medical school and residency after and despite sustaining a spinal cord injury which caused quadriplegia (paralysis from the neck down, preventing use of his arms and legs). He discusses this, and pays tribute to a medical school professor who helped make it possible in this book. It was a special treat hearing him read the recorded book, which made his dry wit all the more effective.

Aug 01, 2014

All the conservative bits in my political leanings are thanks to powerhouse columnists like David Brooks, George Will and Charles Krauthammer. And whereas Brooks and Will are known for their genteel rhetoric, Krauthammer's arguments carry a measured, fiery anger. I love this guy. When he makes a point it's undeniably intelligent and there's just this wink of spirited condescension. And you'd have to be willfully close-minded to not be persuaded by his reasoning. When Krauthammer enters the conversation it's like the other pundits start to resemble shouting children by comparison.

Things That Matter is Charles Krauthammer's greatest hits album, the 'best of' from his 30+ years of political commentating. Organized by theme rather than by era (e.g. "Passions and Pastimes," "Heaven and Earth," and "Citizen and State"), the individual columns jump back and forth chronologically signaling that what matters to Krauthammer is bigger than the day-to-day news. One moment the context could be the Soviet Union; the next it's 9/11.

A personal observation (or non-observation): I've been following Charles Krauthammer for over 10 years now, and until I read this book I had no idea that he was paralyzed. When I see him on TV he's usually sitting in a newsroom along with everyone else. It says something about this man's character that his contributions to public discourse are demonstrably independent of his physical limitations.


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