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The Point of It All: A Lifetime of Great Loves and Endeavors Hardcover – Deckle Edge, December 4, 2018
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“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
About the Author
Charles Krauthammer, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, was a syndicated columnist, political commentator, physician and bestselling author. His Washington Post column ran weekly for 33 years and was syndicated in more than 400 newspapers worldwide. For over a decade he was a nightly panelist on Fox News' flagship evening-news broadcast Special Report. He served as a member of the President's Council on Bioethics and he was a member of Chess Journalists of America. Along with his wife Robyn, he cofounded Pro Musica Hebraica. He died on June 21, 2018.
Daniel Krauthammer's writing has appeared in The Weekly Standard, National Review and The New Republic. He holds degrees from Harvard, Oxford and Stanford in political science, economics and business administration, and has worked in government as well as in the entertainment and technology sectors. He spent the last year of his father's life close by his side in the hospital, where together they worked toward completing this book.
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As with Will, though, it was Krauthammer's ruminations on the personal side, well, on baseball, in which I found common ground.
To be sure, we were fans of different teams. He of the Red Sox and me of the Dodgers. Fitting then, that one article in this book pertains to the Red Sox and their penchant to disappoint. Dissapoint always, it seemed, until they did not.
Now, it is I who am the aggrieved. The most recent being the Dodgers vanquished by, of course, Krauthammer's Red Sox. Chapter 3, "Suffering a Relapse, and Loving It" is so much me at present.
That is but one example of the author's skill in connecting with his audience.
I will miss him, but am confident he is in a better place today.
Four stars out of five.
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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.