Things That Matter

Things That Matter

[three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics]

Audiobook CD - 2013
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Selected essays, previously published in various periodicals and journals.
A conservative columnist presents his reflections on everything from embryo research to entitlement reform, from Halley's Comet to border collies, from Christopher Columbus to Martin Luther King, from drone warfare to American decline. Includes an autobiographical introduction.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Random House Audio ; Prince Frederick, MD : Distributed by Recorded Books, ℗2013.
ISBN: 9780553398328
Branch Call Number: CDT 814 KRAUTHAMMER
Characteristics: 10 audio discs (12 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
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Additional Contributors: Newbern, George 1964-


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Dec 22, 2016

Really good book. Krauthammer includes obituaries, humor, and serious reflection in here. The piece he wrote right after 9/11 I think is the best.

Oct 11, 2016

As a physician, I find it fascinating and amazing that Dr. Krauthammer completed medical school and residency after and despite sustaining a spinal cord injury which caused quadriplegia (paralysis from the neck down, preventing use of his arms and legs). He discusses this, and pays tribute to a medical school professor who helped make it possible in this book. It was a special treat hearing him read the recorded book, which made his dry wit all the more effective.

Aug 01, 2014

All the conservative bits in my political leanings are thanks to powerhouse columnists like David Brooks, George Will and Charles Krauthammer. And whereas Brooks and Will are known for their genteel rhetoric, Krauthammer's arguments carry a measured, fiery anger. I love this guy. When he makes a point it's undeniably intelligent and there's just this wink of spirited condescension. And you'd have to be willfully close-minded to not be persuaded by his reasoning. When Krauthammer enters the conversation it's like the other pundits start to resemble shouting children by comparison.

Things That Matter is Charles Krauthammer's greatest hits album, the 'best of' from his 30+ years of political commentating. Organized by theme rather than by era (e.g. "Passions and Pastimes," "Heaven and Earth," and "Citizen and State"), the individual columns jump back and forth chronologically signaling that what matters to Krauthammer is bigger than the day-to-day news. One moment the context could be the Soviet Union; the next it's 9/11.

A personal observation (or non-observation): I've been following Charles Krauthammer for over 10 years now, and until I read this book I had no idea that he was paralyzed. When I see him on TV he's usually sitting in a newsroom along with everyone else. It says something about this man's character that his contributions to public discourse are demonstrably independent of his physical limitations.


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