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

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George Newbern, Charles Krauthammer

12 Hours 13 Minutes

Random House (Audio)

December 2013

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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 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 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 pas­sionate 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 Krautham­mer’s major path-breaking essays—on bioeth­ics, on Jewish destiny and on America’s role as the world’s superpower—that have pro­foundly influenced the nation’s thoughts and policies. And finally, the collection presents a trove of always penetrating, often bemused re­flections on everything from border collies to Halley’s 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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  • Felix Grucci

    A very well written and narrated collection of thought provoking issues that affect our lives only negative was not hearing Dr Krauthammer's thoughts in his voice notwithstanding the narrator was very good.

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  • Harry H.

    Charles does not disappoint in content nor narration. Newborn narration ok but Charles is best.

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  • Doug H.

    Dr. Krauthammer presented thoughtful and brilliant analysis in his descriptions. The book is a collection of his numerous columns for the Washington Post, The New Yorker and Time Magazine. Though describing himself as someone who started as a liberal and later became a conservative in his journey, surprisingly, I found his stance to be more that of a “moderate” or a libertarian than a true conservative. He presented his positions with historical fact, eloquence and style. I have a newfound respect for his work. Gone too soon, I will miss his insights and the stylish wit with which they were delivered.

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  • Domagoj P.

    Not for everage listener as he will not only learn little of value from this book but also be greatly misinformed from numerous spins inside this book. For him this book is to be avoided. For ocasional well informed reader this book is valuable material for better understanding USA foreign politic dinamics, media influencing and foreign politics power structure. For several decades author was columnist in the most prominent daily newspaper and as such served mouthpiece and spin function for certain powerfull interests, movers and shakers of politics.

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