Dr. Charles Krauthammer joined me in the first segment today to discuss the astonishing fact that his non-fiction collection of essays “Things That Matter” has sold more than a million copies, as well as to muse some more about President Obama’s ongoing collapse:
HH: I am beginning with Charles Krauthammer today, because this morning on a conference call with Michael Medved, Michael announced to me that Charles’ book, Things That Matter, had sold a million copied. And then I read that Pete Wehner at the Ethics And Public Policy Center said that’s unprecedented. I actually, Charles, just told Michael that’s not possible, because collections don’t sell a million copies.
CK: Well, they don’t sell at all, actually. And everybody’s kind of in shock. You know, it is, as far as we can tell, there’s never been a non-fiction collection that has ever sold a million copies, which would mean, Hugh, that Things That Matter is the best-selling collection of non-fiction since Marcus Aurelius, but we can’t be sure, because their final sales results from Byzantium and Thrace have not yet come in. So we’re withholding judgment on that one.
HH: And he might make a comeback at any time now that iTunes is out there. But that is remarkable, and I have a theory about this. Things That Matter has in its first chapter, and I’m doing this from member, I don’t have the book with me, my copy’s at home, is that politics are sovereign. That was the theme of your original…
HH: And that is becoming truer by the day. And I think people who see that realize you’re on to something.
CK: Well you know, I wrote in the introduction that I really wanted to do a collection of my non-political stuff, because in the first half of the book is all these weird, wonderful things in life, everything from meditations on Rick Ankiel to Winston Churchill and Woody Allen, and I wrote about chess and baseball and physics and Halley’s Comet and all that, just stuff I really enjoy. But as I wrote, you’re right, in the introduction of the book, a very long autobiographical introduction. And at the end, you can’t really do that. I have spent 30 years of my life writing mainly about politics, and the reason is, and the reason I left medicine, I was a doctor once, to do this, it’s for the same reason, because you know, all the other things that matter, the beautiful things in life, they can flourish, they can be wonderful, they can be thriving. You get your politics wrong, and everything is wiped away. And we see it all over the world. We see it historically, of course, Germany, 1933. You see it today in North Korea. Compare it with South Korea. South Korea got their politics right, and they’re thriving. They’re free, prosperous. North Korea, you know, this is a slave culture with the people spiritually and materially totally deprived. This is all about politics. So in the end, the book is a compromise. It was half politics, and half fun, and I’ve always loved part of it… Continue Reading