Â From Americaâ€™s preeminent columnist, named by the Financial Times the most influential commentator in the nation, the long-awaited collection of Charles Krauthammerâ€™s essential, timeless writings. Â A brilliant stylist known for an uncompromising honesty that challenges conventional wisdom at every turn, Krauthammer has for decades dazÂzled readers with his keen insight into politics and government. His weekly column is a must-read in Washington and across the country. Now, finally, the best of Krauthammerâ€™s intelligence, erudition and wit are collected in one volume. Â Readers will find here not only the countryâ€™s leading conservative thinker offering a pasÂsionate defense of limited government, but also a highly independent mind whose viewsâ€”on feminism, evolution and the death penalty, for exampleâ€”defy ideological convention. Things That Matter also features several of KrauthamÂmerâ€™s major path-breaking essaysâ€”on bioethÂics, on Jewish destiny and on Americaâ€™s role as the worldâ€™s superpowerâ€”that have proÂfoundly influenced the nationâ€™s thoughts and policies. And finally, the collection presents a trove of always penetrating, often bemused reÂflections on everything from border collies to Halleyâ€™s Comet, from Woody Allen to WinÂston Churchill, from the punishing pleasures of speed chess to the elegance of the perfectly thrown outfield assist. Â With a special, highly autobiographical inÂtroduction in which Krauthammer reflects on the events that shaped his career and political philosophy, this indispensible chronicle takes the reader on a fascinating journey through the fashions and follies, the tragedies and triumphs, of the last three decades of American life.