The Point of It All: A Lifetime of Great Loves and Endeavors (英語) Hardcover – ラフカット, 2018/12/4
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Created and compiled by Charles Krauthammer before his death, The Point of It All is a powerful collection of the influential columnist's most important works. Spanning the personal, the political and the philosophical, it includes never-before-published speeches and a major new essay about the effect of today's populist movements on the future of global democracy. Edited and with an introduction by the columnist's son, Daniel Krauthammer, it is the most intimate and profound book yet by the legendary writer and thinker.
In his decades of work as America's preeminent political commentator, Charles Krauthammer elevated the opinion column to a form of art. Whether writing about statecraft and foreign policy or reflecting on more esoteric topics such as baseball, spaceflight and medical ethics, Krauthammer was beloved not only for his penetrating wit and insight but also for his ability to identify the hidden moral truths that animate our politics and culture.
This new collection, which Krauthammer composed before his death in June 2018, features the columns, speeches and unpublished writings that showcase the best of his original thought and his last, enduring words on the state of American politics, the nature of liberal democracy and the course of world history.
The book also includes a deeply personal section offering insight into Krauthammer's beliefs about what mattered most to him--friendship, family and the principles he lived by--all anchored by Daniel Krauthammer's poignant eulogy for his father.
For longtime readers and newcomers alike, The Point of It All is a timely demonstration of what it means to cut through the noise of petty politics with clarity, integrity and intellectual fortitude. It is a reminder of what made Charles Krauthammer the most celebrated American columnist and political thinker of his generation, a revealing look at the man behind the words and a lasting testament to his belief that anyone with an open and honest mind can grapple deeply with the most urgent questions in politics and in life.
“For decades, Charles’ words have strengthened our democracy. His work was far-reaching and influential - and…his ideas and values will always be a part of our country.” —George W. Bush
“Charles will be remembered as one of the greatest public intellects of his generation. A true renaissance man, there was no topic too complex for Charles to probe; no party or politician too powerful to challenge…I’m confident his words will continue to inspire all of us to live bravely and think boldly.” —John McCain
“Charles wrote for the right reasons. … To provoke us to think, to enlarge our understanding, at times to make us laugh. Like few others, he succeeded, week after week, Friday after Friday, year after year… he wrote a column of breathtaking range and intelligence and integrity.” —The Washington Post
"A giant, a man who not only defended our civilization but represented what's best in it." —National Review
“A voice of reason and a powerful intellect in Democracy’s cause.” —Condoleezza Rice
“There are people you meet throughout your life that you just know will leave an impact forever. Charles Krauthammer was one of those people. His words and his knowledge and his eloquence on the issues of the day were unsurpassed. He could cut through the noise. He could get to the point better than anybody.” —Bret Baier
Four Essays on Liberty by a British philosopher named Isiah Berlin is a book that he loved. Four Essays on Liberty is a book encouraged Krauthammer to learn from as many sources and experiences as possible as a young man. People who learn from many different sources are called foxes. People who learn from a primary source are called hedgehogs. I will strive to be a fox. Krauthammer advocated remaining calm at all times. He believed in self reflection, but he also believed that looking outwardly in the world to be successful. He shared this advice with college students in Montreal. This is great advice for people of any age. I really like this book.
I have long admired his insightful writing, but this collection of his best articles and speeches is outstanding! His wit and wisdom is impressive and his writing style is easy to read, but best read with time allowed for reflection.
His intellect is on full display when arguing for conservative principles based on the Constitution. I pity the unsuspecting liberal who attempted to debate against him. I fully support his criticism of liberal thinking and specifically Obama, but I also appreciate his honest and critical comments when Republicans stray from conservative principles.
The diversity of topics he covers in the book was a sign of his personal curiosity, ranging from sports (especially baseball) to religion to domestic and foreign policy. I enjoyed his sense of history and his ability to relate current events in historical context.
I enjoyed his frequent criticism of his former career as a physician and specifically a psychologist. I generally find physicians need to be a bit more modest and better grounded to the limits of their “practice”.
Loved his use of quotes from Churchill and his distain for the French.
I got rather emotional to read the last section, A life without regrets. To face death with grace and a full appreciation of what is really important in his life was his wife and family. I can only hope to handle my own passing with similar grace.