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

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Crown Publishing Group, 2015 - Political Science - 416 pages
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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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Contents

THE GOOD AND THE GREAT
19
Sweet Genius
25
Dead White Male
31
MANNERS
37
Dont Touch My Junk
43
The Appeal of Ordeal
49
PRIDE AND PREJUDICES
55
In Defense of the FWord
61
BODY AND SOUL
181
On the Ethics of Embryonic Research
196
MAN AND GOD
209
Holocaust Museum
224
THE JEWISH QUESTION AGAIN
241
Borat the Fearful
248
Zionism and the Fate of the Jews
258
THE GOLDEN AGE
275

Krauthammers First
67
Bush Derangement Syndrome
74
From People Power to Polenta
80
Natural Childbirth
88
PASSIONS AND PASTIMES
99
Fermat Solved
105
The Best Show in Town
112
Humbled by the Hayden
118
Farewell the New Frontier
124
CITIZEN AND STATE
133
Constitutionalism
139
Going Negative
145
vi
151
Empathy or Right?
166
Cold War Nostalgia
281
When Imagination Fails
288
The Surge Denied
296
From Freedom Agenda to Freedom Doctrine
302
THE AGE TO COME
309
No Hiding from History
315
THREE ESSAYS ON AMERICA
321
Democratic Realism 2004
333
Decline Is a Choice 2009
352
THE AGE OF OBAMA
369
The Lawless Presidency
375
Bewildered Bystander
383
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Charles Krauthammer,winner of the Pulitzer Prize, is a syndicated columnist, political commentator and physician. His column is syndicated to 400 newspapers 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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