Longtime columnist and commentator Charles Krauthammer was a uniquely eloquent and measured spokesman for the American right – as evidenced by this posthumous collection of his writings. Krauthammer championed lower taxes, less government and the global spread of democracy in artful, punchy prose. At times, his opinions can seem stubbornly partisan: An unwavering champion of the Iraq War, he blames Barack Obama’s retreat – rather than George W. Bush’s ill-considered invasion – for the chaos in the Middle East. At other times, however, Krauthammer comes across as refreshingly independent. For instance, he decried President Donald Trump’s unhinged tweets. To help his opinions go down more easily, Krauthammer often sprinkled non-political anecdotes into his works, ruminating on the birth of his son or relating the difficulties of navigating life in a wheelchair. These detours established Krauthammer as more than a political hack. This compilation of Krauthammer’s writings from the 1980s through 2017 provides important insight into a generation of conservative thought.
About the Author
Charles Krauthammer was a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and television commentator. His Washington Post column ran weekly for 33 years and appeared in more than 400 newspapers. Krauthammer died of cancer in 2018.