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
I just can't bring myself to give a compilation of columns, no matter how well chosen and organized, a five star rating, so we will have to settle for four stars, but that being said, the book is excellent.
Of course there are a few caveats:
- My review is totally biased because I love Krauthammer's writing and often agree with his views
- Although he is a former Democrat, he is now clearly conservative, and since I lean that way on almost every non social issue, well my views are especially simpat ...more
I just finished this great book by Charles Krauthammer, one of the smartest, best writers on the right. The book is a collection of his writings over the decades for The Washington Post, Time Magazine, and other publications. His writing is compelling, intellectual, and conservative. This book is a fast read, and I am not surprised that it has sold more than one million copies since its publication. Congrats to Charles for an outstanding book.
I was pleasantly surprised by Things That Matter. Being a left-leaning political moderate, I often disagree with most of what I read and hear coming from conservative pundits and thought leaders. But Krauthammer is an intellectual of a higher order than the loudest of his like-minded political thought leaders and is far more evenhanded in his tone than obnoxious bloviators like O'Reilly, Coulter, Savage, and Beck. Even though he assigns a lot of blame to liberals in general and to Barack Obama i ...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.
I love this book! Krauthammer is brilliant, witty and, yes, at times sentimental (who knew? ;-). Of course, being a conservative politically I loved all of his political commentary - historical and current day equally. This book has so much more than that. A few of my non-political favorites were "Manners", "Of Dogs and Men" and "Don't Touch My Junk". I just finished adding all of my favorite quotes from this book to "my quotes"...I might as well have just typed out the entire book (and some of ...more
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
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.
Mr. Krauthammer speaks prose. He is currently a regular in the cable world and his comments require ( at least for me) some time to digest and/or ripen. Thats not an easy task in the fast paced media news format. I prefer reading Mr. Krauthammer. This is a collection of what he feels are important thoughts he's shared in his columns over the years. Indeed they are. They are enlightening and always entertaining.