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Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics | [Charles Krauthammer]

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

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.
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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.

Listeners 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 indispensable chronicle takes the listener on a fascinating journey through the fashions and follies, the tragedies and triumphs, of the last three decades of American life.

©2013 Charles Krauthammer (P)2013 Random House Audio

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    Alan Sunrise, FL, United States 12-11-13
    Alan Sunrise, FL, United States 12-11-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Charles K, author and narrator ..... enuf said"

    FREEZE ! DON'T HIT THAT NO BUTTON YET ....

    Charles Krauthammer is by far the most revered and most respected political columnist in Washington today. For thirty years, he has written editorials first as a Mondale democrat and today as a born again conservative. This book is a collection of Charles' writings that go back 30 some odd years.

    It is interesting to witness the author's evolution from liberal to conservatism. According to the author, he didnt leave the democratic party, they left him. The chapter dealing with his brother Marcel was heart warming.

    I have a challenge to all liberals who feel compelled to vote no on this review simply because the author is a conservative fox news commentator. Listen to the 5 minute sample. If there are any factual errors, then feel free to vote no. But if everything the author said is true, then spend the credit and buy this book. Even if you disagree with the authors political stance, there are many areas of this book that will grip you.

    The best part of this book is the author reading this to us instead of someone else.

    31 of 33 people found this review helpful
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    Lawrence Inverness, FL, United States 01-04-14
    Lawrence Inverness, FL, United States 01-04-14 Member Since 2004

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    "5* if Mr. Krauthammer had narrated complete book."
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    Would have been 5* for performance and overall had Mr. Krauthammer narrated the complete book.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    D. R. Green Sunny Florida 01-24-14
    D. R. Green Sunny Florida 01-24-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Krauthammer: Great writer/narrator!"

    I really enjoyed this book, but felt so let down when Dr. Krauthammer was not narrating. The material seemed so special in his own voice (which I often enjoy hearing on FOX News), but I lost interest in the second narrator. This is a book that can be enjoyed in starts and stops and touches on so many topics!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Fair Oaks Ranch, TX, United States 01-03-14
    Robert Fair Oaks Ranch, TX, United States 01-03-14 Member Since 2005
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    "No one better than the Doctor."

    Outstanding book! But should come with a warning: "Beware, some articles may contain hilarious topics and/or be presented in such a way as to make you laugh so hard you cry, which may be hazardous if operating a motor vehicle or heavy machinery...." Doctor Krauthammer presents such a broad spectrum of interesting subjects that one cannot brand it a mere political work. It is much too interesting to be so limited, ranging from dogs to chess, baseball to Judaism, and yes: even the pesky comma! Had to listen to it twice to get the full meal deal, and am looking forward to listening to it a third time on my next long drive (I'll pull over when the too hilarious articles come up!). Can't go wrong with this one!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    D. R. King Texas 12-21-13
    D. R. King Texas 12-21-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Great book, why did Krauthammer only read 1/2???"
    What did you love best about Things That Matter?

    Krauthammer's text is incredible, and the half of the book that he personally narrates.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Things That Matter?

    His logic is so clear... Wonderful cross between a great story teller and a brilliant observer of the world.


    What aspect of Charles Krauthammer and George Newbern ’s performance would you have changed?

    Charles SHOULD HAVE READ THE ENTIRE BOOK. Charles Krauthammer's voice versus Newbern's is like fine scotch versus rot gut whiskey... Fine wine vs. sour juice. I was extremely disappointed when the story changed over from Krauthammer to Newbern. Did I mention Krauthammer has an incredible and soothing voice that is perfect for the audiobook format?


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The format makes the book fly by! The best of Krauthammer neatly packaged in one book, but for God's sake Mr. Krauthammer narrate the ENTIRE BOOK.


    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States 02-01-14
    Jonathan ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States 02-01-14 Member Since 2014
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    "The Philosopher of our Time"
    What made the experience of listening to Things That Matter the most enjoyable?

    Krauthammer is excellent in the first half of the book. I wanted him to read more. Newbern was ok, but not nearly as good as Krauthammer. Most importantly, this book made me want to run back and listen to more. It's bite-sized segments were perfect to allow deep thinking without being exhausted.


    What other book might you compare Things That Matter to and why?

    It really is in a league of its own given the recent rash of more "bubble-gum" rubber pressed books most applicable to the DC inner beltway.


    What three words best describe Charles Krauthammer and George Newbern ’s performance?

    Outstanding, brilliant, contemporary.


    If you could give Things That Matter a new subtitle, what would it be?

    The book you need to read and think about.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was recommended to me and I have recommended it to many. A definite read for anyone interested in our world and the United States society.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy J. 04-08-14
    Nancy J. 04-08-14 Member Since 2004
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    "switch of narrators is major disappointment"
    Would you try another book from Charles Krauthammer and/or Charles Krauthammer and George Newbern ?

    not unless Charles Krauthammer narrated the entire book


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Once the switch in narrators took place less than half way through the book. I could no longer listen to the book. It was awful. Krauthammer reads with such feeling and you hear him express his own thoughts and opinions. Once the switch happens it becomes boring and factual and I could not listen.


    Any additional comments?

    i Love Charles Krauthammer and I should hope that audible convinces him to narrate the entire book and then I will finish listening.

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    Steven Spring Creek, NV, United States 04-01-14
    Steven Spring Creek, NV, United States 04-01-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Something for everyone."
    Would you listen to Things That Matter again? Why?

    I absolutely will listen to it again.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a very insightful group of essays. You don't have to agree with each one, but each is well argued and stands on its own merits. I was very pleased with this book and found it more entertaining than say, talk radio, and maybe a touch less entertaining that your favorite novel. This man is very smart and he offers a point of view that all can see. There is something profound in this book for everyone. Highly recommend. I wish the author had read all chapters, not just a portion of them.

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    STORK OH, USA 03-30-14
    STORK OH, USA 03-30-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Great stories from a great mind"
    What did you love best about Things That Matter?

    He has seen it all from both sides and expresses himself with class and style.


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    Peter SACRAMENTO, CA, United States 03-21-14
    Peter SACRAMENTO, CA, United States 03-21-14 Member Since 2013

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    I agree with many people here, the sudden switch of narrators was disappointing. George Newbern wasn't bad but nothing beats the author narrating his own book.

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