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 tu... Full description
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.
Charles Krauthammer was born in Manhattan, New York on March 13, 1950. He received a degree in political science and economics from McGill University in 1970 and a medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1975. In 1978, he was a research director at the National Institute of Mental Health in Washington and started getting articles about politics published in The New Republic. He started working for The New Republic full time in 1981 and wrote regularly for them until 2011. He also wrote regularly for Time magazine from 1983 to 2018 and a weekly column for The Washington Post from 1985 to 2018. He was a nightly panelist on Fox News's Special Report with Bret Baier for ten years and a panelist on PBS's Inside Washington from 1990 to 2013.
He received the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 1987 for his Washington Post columns and the William F. Buckley Award for Media Excellence. His books included Cutting Edges: Making Sense of the Eighties, Democratic Realism: An American Foreign Policy for a Unipolar World, and Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics. He died from cancer of the small intestine on June 21, 2018 at the age of 68.