Things That Matter – Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics
Written by Charles Krauthammer
Mr. Charles Krauthammer is one of the top most-conservative writers in the United States today. A former Democrat, Mr. Krauthammer is a columnist for the Washington Post. His new book, “The Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passion, Pastimes and Politics” is a true reflection of the belief system of Mr. Krauthammer, who has always been a firm supporter of lower taxes, free markets and individual rights.
“Things That Matter” is an assortment of selected columns, articles and various pieces written for the magazines. The book is divided into four parts with no chronological order whatsoever. It is entirely up to the reader’s discretion, to plunge in and out of the book as they wish. However, the book is a compelling read, and the audience will find it difficult to overlook even a single page. The four parts are labelled under the titles of personal, political, historic and global. These segments are then further subdivided into 16 chapters in total.
Throughout the book, Mr. Krauthammer makes several bold and thought-provoking debates. For example, the issue of the Time’s magazine person of the century is brought into question. Mr. Krauthammer believes that, contrary to popular choice, Mr. Winston Churchill and not Mr. Albert Einstein deserves this title.
The writer believes that Mr. Churchill not only meets all the required criterion, but also has a special place in the history of the world because of his indispensability. Mr. Krauthammer claims that without Mr. Churchill, the world would not be as we know it to be.
The book also shines some light on the writer’s view on public swearing and its implications. Mr. Krauthammer also discusses the rumor of the “Angry White Male” with a great degree of success. He believes that this myth was conceived by political stakeholders looking to pave their way towards the process of having the 1994 elections delegitimized.
The writer’s views about the Holocaust are also put forward for the readers. Mr. Krauthammer believes that there is still much know how among the general public with regards to these atrocities. However, with the passage of time, this memory will also fade away, and the coming generations might only find it locked away in the history books. The only remnant that will keep us, reminding of the unfortunate event would be Washington’s Holocaust Museum.
The Things That Matter is must read even for those people who don’t share Mr. Krauthammer’s views. Apart from personal views, several topics like feminism, evolution and society norms are discussed. The death penalty, Jewish destiny and America’s role as a superpower and as a stakeholder in the policy making of the world are also inspected. A very strong autobiographical start gives us some valuable insight into his career as a writer and a political philosopher.
“The Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passion, Pastimes and Politics” is a compelling read that gives the readers an exclusive preview into the mind of one of the greatest conservative intellectuals in the United States. This book is a fantastic journey through the eventful last three decades of the American lifestyle.
About The Autor
Charles Krauthammer, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, is a syndicated columnist, political analyst and physician. His column is syndicated to 400 papers worldwide. He is a nightly panelist on Fox News’s Special Report with Bret Baier and a regular panelist on PBS’s Inside Washington. He’s a previous member of the Head of state’s Council on Bioethics and present member of Chess Reporters of America. He resides in Chevy Chase, Maryland.