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The Point of It All: A Lifetime of Great Loves and Endeavors (edição: 2018)

de Charles Krauthammer (Autor)

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"Created and compiled by Charles Krauthammer before his death, [this book] 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 This new collection, which Krauthammer composed before his death in June 2018, features the columns, speeches and unpublished writings that showcase the best of his original thought and his last, enduring words on the state of American politics, the nature of liberal democracy and the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 [this] 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."--Dust jacket.… (mais)
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Título:The Point of It All: A Lifetime of Great Loves and Endeavors
Autores:Charles Krauthammer (Autor)
Informação:Crown Forum (2018), Edition: 1st Edition, 400 pages
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I would never have read this book had it not been gifted to me by my mother. I knew who Charles Krauthammer was (primarily as a pundit on Fox News), and that he was conservative, but that's about it. Clearly the guy was an intellectual giant. While the content of some of the columns in this book didn't mean much to me (because they were written in the mid to late 80s when I was in my teens—I'm 49 now), most of the columns and speech excerpts were quite profound. Rather than spouting talking points, Krauthammer provided insight and deep understanding of issues and topics through his writings.

While a very minor criticism, I do wish the date of publication for each piece in the book was listed after the title rather than at the end of the piece. Most of the essays and columns are of course about "current events" and people. Knowing the context of the pieces up front (without having to flip a few pages to get this information) would have been helpful. ( )
  Jarratt | Jun 1, 2019 |
The Point of It All: A Lifetime of Great Loves and Endeavors, by Charles Krauthammer, author; David Krauthammer, editor and narrator
This book pays homage to a man with a great mind and heart. The world lost him too soon for he had much more to give. Born a Jew, he remained a Jew until he died. He showed respect for his religion, his life and his loved ones, consistently. He was not a man who vacillated between good and evil; he always tried to be just in his discussion of all issues. Charles Krauthammer could grant lucidity to any subject he chose. Regardless of whether you agreed with his position or not, his essays were always easy to follow and his presentation of ideas was logical. Emotion never dominated his essays; only his intellect controlled the words he put on paper. Overcoming his great handicap with the optimism and good nature he showed to the outside world, was additional proof of this man’s bravery and inner strength. Paralyzed when in medical school, in a freak diving accident, he went on to graduate as a psychiatrist and then became a renowned journalist respected by all who knew him or knew of him.
When he was stricken with Cancer, and he thought he would survive, he spent 10 months in the hospital upbeat and expecting to continue his career as a journalist for The Washington Post and a contributor on Fox News. Sadly, although he made progress, and was thought to get well, his cancer became aggressive and took the life of this dignified gentlemen whose words reached the ears of millions and the eyes of many more. No one who read any essay by him could come away untouched by his love of country and honor. His humor, honesty, morality and devotion to ethics and values was evident in all he wrote, even when the subject was controversial. He was never afraid to tackle the most contentious of subjects. Often, his older essays are prescient and reflect the issues of our current day. They are insightful and easy to read. It feels almost like one is having a private conversation with this eloquent man.
In his essays, there is something for everyone. He is conservative, but with a strong liberal and clear mind. His compassion is obvious, in his writings, and one easily understands how anything else would be impossible owing to the life he led. He covers such subjects as abortion, euthanasia, suicide, health care, civil rights, climate change, disability, politics, the freedom of speech, political correctness, immigration, affirmative action, diversity, social media, dictatorships, totalitarianism, and more.
When Charles Krauthammer discovered that his recovery would not come to pass, he faced it with his usual integrity and courage. He asked his son Daniel to complete the book he was writing. He had compiled a series of essays for this, his last book already. In some cases, Daniel had to make some editorial changes, but knowing his father as well as he did, as close as they were, he was true to his nature. As he narrates the audio book, it is easy to forget it is Daniel and not Charles, himself, reading it. Yet when he gives the eulogy at the end, it is obvious that it is the son and not the father, in the message and in the voice of the presenter.
Every essay stands alone as a testament to the brilliant, compassionate, analytical mind of Charles Krauthammer. The world misses his level headed analysis of the most difficult subjects. ( )
  thewanderingjew | Feb 11, 2019 |
Read Feb 3 2019 excellent essays on side variety of topics
  papa1951 | Feb 2, 2019 |
Brilliant series of essays from one of the best thinkers produced by the U.S. in the last century.

The essay collection includes work from each decade of Krauthammer's work and covers politics, popular culture, history, and for perhaps the first time, several essays touching on the author's personal life, family, and feelings about his friends and family. The book was completed by the author's son, Daniel, and Daniel's love and admiration for his father is evident.

This one has earned a permanent spot on my bookshelf. ( )
  SamSattler | Jan 22, 2019 |
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"Created and compiled by Charles Krauthammer before his death, [this book] 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 [this] 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."--Dust jacket.

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