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Publisher Description

From America’s preeminent columnist, named by the Financial Times the most influential commentator in the nation, a must-have collection of Charles Krauthammer’s essential, timeless writings.
A brilliant stylist known for an uncompromising honesty that challenged conventional wisdom at every turn, Krauthammer dazzled readers for decades with his keen insight into politics and government. His weekly column was a must-read in Washington and across the country. Don’t miss the best of Krauthammer’s intelligence, erudition and wit 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.

Politics & Current Events
October 22
The Crown Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Ghorheed ,

Great read

Some of the articles are very enlightening, a few I didn't finish reading. Some of ones he wrote about Jews were, well ....

gstrodtbeck ,

Things That Matter

This was a perfect book reflecting Krauthamer’s thinking. I miss him.

tfarrell22 ,


My only weak criticism is that I had to frequently stop and look up the meaning of many words he utilized in his writings... a compliment and testament to his vast and knowledgable use of the English language, but from which I ultimately benefited by expanding my own personal vocabulary. A well written compilation of opinion pieces, but backed up by historical context, reasoning and facts. I miss Charles’ wisdom and wit already... Eternal rest to a truly brilliant mind and man gone too soon.

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