Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes, and Politics

Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes, and Politics

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By (author) Charles Krauthammer

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  • Publisher: CROWN PUBLISHING GROUP, DIVISION OF RANDOM HOUSE INC
  • Format: Hardback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 157mm x 236mm x 33mm | 658g
  • Publication date: 6 November 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0385349173
  • ISBN 13: 9780385349178
  • Sales rank: 25,184

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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 daz-zled 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 pas-sionate 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 Krautham-mer's major path-breaking essays--on bioeth-ics, on Jewish destiny and on America's role as the world's superpower--that have pro-foundly 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 Win-ston Churchill, from the punishing pleasures of speed chess to the elegance of the perfectly thrown outfield assist. With a special, highly autobiographical in-troduction 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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Charles Krauthammer, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, is a syndicated columnist, political commentator and physi-cian. His column is syndicated to 400 news-papers worldwide. He is a nightly panelist on Fox News's "Special Report with Bret Baier." He's a former member of the President's Council on Bioethics and current member of Chess Journalists of America. He lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

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"Krauthammer's first collection in more than 20 years is a priceless introduction to the columnist's writing. And for those who have thrilled at the sight of a Krauthammer byline for decades, "Things That Matter "is a window into the master polemicist's habits of mind, heart, and technique." -Matthew Continetti, "Commentary" "For three decades, Charles Krauthammer has enriched American political discourse with his sharply-honed analysis, humane values, and questing mind. From personal meditations to learned examinations of history and policy, "Things That Matter" stands as a record of a transformative period in the American experience, and a remarkable intellect at work." -Henry A. Kissinger "Charles Krauthammer is not only the most influential conservative commentator in America, his writing transcends the crush of daily events and can be read, with profit, always." -David Brooks, "New York Times "columnist and bestselling author of "The Social Animal" " " "Amid today's clutter of print and cacophony of broadcast commentary, Charles Krauthammer's lapidary judgments stand out, and stand the test of time. Literature has been called news that lasts. Krauthammer's columns take journalism to the level of literature." -George F. Will, "Washington Post "columnist