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

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From America's preeminent columnist Charles Krauthammer, named by Financial Times “the most influential commentator in America," comes the long-awaited collection of his essential, timeless writings. Things That Matter presents his penetrating and surprising reflections on everything from embryo research to entitlement reform, from Halley's Comet to border collies, from Christopher Columbus to Martin Luther King, from drone warfare to American ...

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Overview

From America's preeminent columnist Charles Krauthammer, named by Financial Times “the most influential commentator in America," comes the long-awaited collection of his essential, timeless writings. Things That Matter presents his penetrating and surprising reflections on everything from embryo research to entitlement reform, from Halley's Comet to border collies, from Christopher Columbus to Martin Luther King, from drone warfare to American decline.
 
A national thought leader known for his uncompromising honesty, Krauthammer has for decades dazzled readers with his keen insight into politics and government. Now, finally, the best of Krauthammer's intelligence, erudition and wit are collected in this one volume. With a special, highly autobiographical introduction in which Krauthammer reflects on the events that shaped his career and political philosophy, this personal chronicle of American life is a unique publishing event, years in the making.

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Editorial Reviews

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2013-10-01
Pulitzer Prize–winning columnist Krauthammer collects 30 years of his work. The author is well-known for the pungency and forcefulness with which he expresses his political views, which have led some, like the Financial Times, to rate him "the most influential columnist in America." His starting point is the reaffirmation of his commitment to politics, "the crooked timber of our communal lives [which] dominates everything because, in the end, everything--high and low and, most especially, high--lives or dies by politics." Krauthammer's autobiography emerges in chapters organized around themes like "Follies," "Man and God," "The Jewish Question, Again" and "Three Essays on America and the World." Educated in medicine and psychiatry, the author came to Washington, D.C., to work for the Carter administration. He began to write for the New Republic and the Washington Post and found a new direction for his career. Presenting himself as a charming polymath, he writes on a variety of subjects, not just politics--e.g., a defense of the border collie as a working breed from the American Kennel Club, where it was admitted in 1994. Krauthammer draws on his scientific training to examine the arguments surrounding both creationism and global warming, and his 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. Among other topics, Krauthammer explores Washington's Holocaust Museum, New York's Hayden Planetarium ("it wraps an enormous cube around interior curves and spheres, just as science creates the lines that give order and solidity to the bending ephemera of nature"), NASA, Winston Churchill, the Transportation Security Administration, Woody Allen, ground zero and Social Security, which is not just "a Ponzi scheme," but "also the most vital, humane and fixable of all social programs." A sparkling collection that frames each of the particular contributions anew.
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“Required reading…Krauthammer is among the very best—and this is the best of the best, selected by him, with an engaging and fascinating introduction…Amazingly fresh, and full of thought-provoking formulations and arguments.” –The Weekly Standard

 “A fantastic read, a cerebral read, a fun read.” –Guy Benson, Townhall

“It’s going to be a big hit.” –Bill O’Reilly, The O’Reilly Factor (October 21, 2013)

“Krauthammer’s assets include steel-trap logic, an epée wit, a profound sense of history, and a withering contempt for journalists who would rather cringe in the dark than bring the truth to light.” –City Journal

America, you’ve got to read this for your own great pleasure and relief.” Hugh Hewitt (October 31, 2013)

"The best American columnists make their British counterparts look like bumbling amateurs,but none of them writes with more sense,sensibility and sanity than the Washington Post's Charles Krauthammer. Things That Matter, selected from a lifetime of writing, bears comparison with the greatest of American prose." -Daniel Johnson, Standpoint

"Usually thought of as a conserva-tive, this syndicated columnist has won both the left-wing People for the American Way’s First Amendment Award and the right-wing Bradley Foundation’s first $250,000 Bradley Prize. Readers of all political persuasions will find plenty here that’s thought-provoking and worthwhile." -Pittsburg Tribune-Review

“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 Matterstands 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

“Blending high-mindedness with strong conservative values, he has commanded respect on both the extreme and moderate sides of the spectrum, becoming the closest thing the factionalized GOP could have to a spokesperson, a de facto opposition leader for the thinking right.” -POLITICO

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385349178
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/22/2013
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 1,412
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Krauthammer

Charles Krauthammer is a Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist, political commentator and physician. His column is syndicated to more than 400 newspapers worldwide. He is a nightly panelist on Fox News's Special Report with Bret Baier and a weekly panelist on PBS's Inside Washington. He’s a former member of the President’s Council on Bioethics and current member of Chess Journalists of America. He lives in Washington, DC.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2013

    Clearly, Cheryl44CP knows nothing about Dr. Charles Krauthammer.

    Clearly, Cheryl44CP knows nothing about Dr. Charles Krauthammer.  Even those who strongly disagree with him, acknowledge that he is a brilliant man.  Calling him names adds nothing to the forum...perhaps people should read the book with an open mind and comment on the content instead of showing their ignorance.  People of all political stripes should find it interesting and informative reading. 

    88 out of 103 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2013

    Dr. Krauthammer is a brilliant man.  He is a Harvard-educated do

    Dr. Krauthammer is a brilliant man.  He is a Harvard-educated doctor as well as a Pulitzer Prize winner.  Even if you don't agree with his politics, his intelligence cannot be disputed.  I would love to be able to have him as a dinner guest.

    That said Cheyl44CP is obviously unable to accept anyone whose views do not match with hers and I suspect the only prize she has ever won is a Moon Pie at a tractor pull.

    46 out of 56 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2013

    Cheryl44CP must have stumbled on this site looking for free stuf

    Cheryl44CP must have stumbled on this site looking for free stuff... Her comment would indicate that the most intellectual thing she does is read the back of cereal boxes...

    40 out of 61 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2013

    Very intelligent Man

    Very intelligent Man

    30 out of 38 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2013

    Intelligent and truthful, best political commentary out there an

    Intelligent and truthful, best political commentary out there and just a brilliant man.

    22 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2013

    Krauthammer is a brilliant and impressive man.  It's easy enough

    Krauthammer is a brilliant and impressive man.  It's easy enough to simply be in awe of him purely because he refused to let his physical fate dictate the rest of his life.  He is truly a hero in that sense and everyone should be able to see that regardless of your politics.  What impresses me the most is his ability to think and to translate his thoughts into a product that is easy to clearly follow.  It's a great talent and he does it with style.  For those who oppose his political views it is clear to see they don't have anything of real substance to counter with so they simply resort to pettiness.  It's a bit pathetic and quite typical.  There is no real substance to the complaint.  I suspect the anger results more from the lack of their own ability to say anything meaningful.  After all, so few people are really able to think things through these days.  To respond to the specific comment that it would have been better to focus on events in the past 4-5 years…  that simply wasn't the focus of this book.  He clearly stated that in his foreword.  Studying psychology, historical politics and how it relates to present day is essential.  If you are unable to unravel and understand the past, you'll be doomed to repeat the same mistakes in the future.  Unfortunately, when a large majority of society is comfortable letting other people make decisions for them, we may very well be heading in that direction.       

    16 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2013

    Charles Krauthammer is one of the most thoughtful and intelligen

    Charles Krauthammer is one of the most thoughtful and intelligent political analysts of our time.  When anything major hits the news, I am always looking for what Charles has to say about it.  This book is no exception ... Very well constructed perspectives informed by facts.

    13 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 23, 2013

    My politics run deep blue yet Things That Matter is a great read

    While Mr. Krauthammer and I would disagree on many policy issues and how to best revitalize America's place in this competitive world; reading such a compendium of his writing on a wide range of topics was truly enjoyable and a wonderful reminder that while we live across a vast expanse of geography we are individuals with many shared interests. It would make a great Christmas gift for anyone on your list.

    12 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2013

    I am a fun of Charles Krauthammer. I turn up the volume on my T

    I am a fun of Charles Krauthammer. I turn up the volume on my TV when it is his turn to speak on Fox Special Report .
    Very intelligent.


    always have interesting to say that Ilearn from him even at my age.

    12 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 23, 2013

    A Brilliant Read From A Brilliant Mind

    Charles Krauthammer's "Things That Matter" is a retrospective ride through the headlines via the eyes of one who has observed the intricacies of life with an objective eye, acute observation skills, eloquent diagnostics into man and his place in the workings of society. All told with a voluminous, colorful vocabulary and often with tongue in cheek humor.

    11 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 22, 2013

    Disappointed

    I knew this book was an accumulation of the author's columns but I really thought the content would be more current. Krauthammer's use of foreign phrases to describe an event is really meant for the New York City crowd, certainly not for me. I admire the author and respect what he is doing for conservatism but his musings on events of the past 4-5 years would be much more interesting.

    11 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 16, 2013

    Outstanding¿.our federal government leaders should all read and take Charles's advice!

    So much common sense in his articles. America needs to hear the conservative side of issues loud and clear to offset our mostly liberal media opinions. Well done, Charles!

    10 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 22, 2013

    Highly recommended

    Excellent reading! Krauthammer is one of the most knowldgable and revered people of our times. It was wonderful to be able to learn more about what makes this super-intelligent and insightful man tick.

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2013

    If Charles is an idiot, then what does that make you pal. Kraut

    If Charles is an idiot, then what does that make you pal. Krauthammer is thoughtful in his writings and also thorough.

    8 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2013

    Great book that is well worth the time and money. Brilliant man

    Great book that is well worth the time and money. Brilliant man who is both wise and well spoken.

    7 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2013

    A Must Read

    The final article in this book is the absolute best article I have ever read! It decimates liberal foriegn policy in a elegant and thorough way that asserts itself and has no counter arguement. A MUST READ

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2013

    Pullitzer winning author?

    Appropriate that this book can be found in the fiction category

    7 out of 96 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2013

    I would vote for Charles for President. Some intelligent common

    I would vote for Charles for President. Some intelligent common sense would do wonders for this country.

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2013

    Excellent read. As an "Independent," I find Krauthamme

    Excellent read. As an "Independent," I find Krauthammer a "stand-alone" in his ability to add 
    rational, provocative, intelligent thought to current political narratives. Highly recommend. 

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2013

    WOW!!! I'm telling the everyone I know about this remarkable boo

    WOW!!! I'm telling the everyone I know about this remarkable book and Mister Krauthammer! Much todo about EVERYTHING !!! 

    5 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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