Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics
- Publish Date: 2013-10-22
- Binding: Hardcover
- Author: Charles Krauthammer
Â From Americaâs preeminent columnist, named by the Financial Times the most influential commentator in the nation, the long-awaited collection of Charles Krauthammerâs essential, timeless writings.
A brilliant stylist known for an uncompromising honesty that challenges conventional wisdom at every turn, Krauthammer has for decades dazÂzled 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 Krauthammerâs intelligence, erudition and wit are collected in one volume.
Readers will find here not only the countryâs leading conservative thinker offering a pasÂsionate defense of limited government, but also a highly independent mind whose viewsâon feminism, evolution and the death penalty, for exampleâdefy ideological convention. Things That Matter also features several of KrauthamÂmerâs major path-breaking essaysâon bioethÂics, on Jewish destiny and on Americaâs role as the worldâs superpowerâthat have proÂfoundly influenced the nationâs thoughts and policies. And finally, the collection presents a trove of always penetrating, often bemused reÂflections on everything from border collies to Halleyâs Comet, from Woody Allen to WinÂston Churchill, from the punishing pleasures of speed chess to the elegance of the perfectly thrown outfield assist.
With a special, highly autobiographical inÂtroduction 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.