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
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.
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!
Central Florida, USA
Would have been 5* for performance and overall had Mr. Krauthammer narrated the complete book.
Krauthammer's text is incredible, and the half of the book that he personally narrates.
His logic is so clear... Wonderful cross between a great story teller and a brilliant observer of the world.
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?
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.
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!
Haven't read print edition.
The introduction alone is inspiring enough that everyone should read and appreciate by those believe in 'things that matter'.
Geopolitics, history, and philosophy junkie. I love smoothly flowing prose that moves me effortlessly from one idea to the next.
Yes, it's well written and meaningful. Some essays are a bit dated, 1980's vintage.
I loved the way Krauthammer framed his argument with regard to Israel and foreign policy issues.
Many, but I liked to listen to Krauthammer's voice in the first part. It felt comfortable.
My world, my take!
There's a sudden and unexpected change to narration by George Newbern. Newbern does a great job as always but the change was abrupt...threw me for a loop. I wondered if I had switched books or something.
One of the best. But was shocked when in the middle of the book someone else started to read instead of Krauthammer.
Liked Krauthammer reading. When the other reader took over I totally lost interest. Took a month and a half to get back into it and finish.
Wanted to but couldn't as explained above.
Krauthammer is a genius and absolutely fascinating.
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.
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.
Outstanding, brilliant, contemporary.
The book you need to read and think about.
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.
My favorite book so far. Charles has a wonderful way of putting things into perspective making it easier to get one's head around today's and yesterday's issues.
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