Table of Contents for Things That Matter : Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics


Introduction 1(16)
Part One Personal
17(114)
Chapter 1 The Good and The Great
19(18)
Marcel, My Brother
19(3)
Winston Churchill: The Indispensable Man
22(3)
Paul Erdos: Sweet Genius
25(3)
Rick Ankiel: Return of the Natural
28(3)
Christopher Columbus: Dead White Male
31(3)
Hermann Lisco: Man for All Seasons
34(3)
Chapter 2 Manners
37(18)
No Dancing in the End Zone
37(3)
"Women and Children." Still?
40(3)
Don't Touch My Junk
43(3)
Accents and Affectations
46(3)
The Appeal of Ordeal
49(6)
Chapter 3 Pride and Prejudices
55(16)
The Pariah Chess Club
55(3)
Of Dogs and Men
58(3)
In Defense of the F-Word
61(3)
The Central Axiom of Partisan Politics
64(3)
Krauthammer's First Law
67(4)
Chapter 4 Follies
71(28)
Save the Border Collie
71(3)
Bush Derangement Syndrome
74(3)
Life by Manual
77(3)
From People Power to Polenta
80(3)
Annals of "Art"
83(4)
"Natural" Childbirth
87(3)
The Inner Man? Who Cares
90(3)
The Mirror-Image Fallacy
93(6)
Chapter 5 Passions and Pastimes
99(16)
The Joy of Losing
99(3)
Beauty, Truth and Hitchcock
102(3)
Fermat Solved
105(3)
Be Afraid
108(4)
The Best Show in Town
112(3)
Chapter 6 Heaven and Earth
115(16)
Your Only Halley's
115(3)
Humbled by the Hayden
118(3)
Lit Up for Liftoff?
121(3)
Farewell, the New Frontier
124(3)
Are We Alone in the Universe?
127(4)
Part Two Political
131(108)
Chapter 7 Citizen and State
133(18)
Reflections on the Revolution in France
133(3)
Did the State Make You Great?
136(3)
Constitutionalism
139(3)
Myth of the Angry White Male
142(3)
Going Negative
145(3)
The Tirana Index
148(3)
Chapter 8 Conundrums
151(30)
Without the Noose, Without the Gag
151(3)
Motherhood Missed
154(3)
Ambiguity and Affirmative Action
157(3)
Massacre at Newtown
160(3)
Pandora and Polygamy
163(3)
Empathy or Right?
166(3)
First a Wall---Then Amnesty
169(3)
In Plain English---Let's Make It Official
172(3)
Of Course It's a Ponzi Scheme
175(3)
The Church of Global Warming
178(3)
Chapter 9 Body and Soul
181(28)
The Dutch Example
181(3)
Stem Cells and Fairy Tales
184(3)
The Truth About End-of-Life Counseling
187(3)
Mass Murder, Medicalized
190(3)
The Double Tragedy of a Stolen Death
193(3)
Essay: On the Ethics of Embryonic Research
196(13)
Chapter 10 Man and God
209(12)
The Real Message of Creationism
209(3)
God vs. Caesar
212(3)
Body Worship
215(3)
Chernenko and the Case Against Atheism
218(3)
Chapter 11 Memory and Monuments
221(18)
Sweet Land of Liberty
221(3)
Holocaust Museum
224(3)
Sacrilege at Ground Zero
227(3)
FDR: The Dignity of Denial
230(3)
Martin Luther King in Word and Stone
233(3)
Collective Guilt, Collective Responsibility
236(3)
Part Three Historical
239(80)
Chapter 12 The Jewish Question, Again
241(34)
Those Troublesome Jews
241(4)
Land Without Peace
245(3)
Borat the Fearful
248(3)
Judging Israel
251(7)
Essay: Zionism and the Fate of the Jews
258(17)
Chapter 13 The Golden Age
275(10)
The '80s: Revival
275(3)
The '90s: Serenity
278(3)
Cold War Nostalgia
281(4)
Chapter 14 The Age of Holy Terror
285(24)
September 11, 2001
285(3)
When Imagination Fails
288(2)
"The Borders of Islam Are Bloody"
290(3)
To War or Not to War?
293(3)
The Surge, Denied
296(3)
Who Lost Iraq?
299(3)
From Freedom Agenda to Freedom Doctrine
302(3)
Language and Leadership
305(4)
Chapter 15 The Age to Come
309(10)
Hyperproliferation: Can We Survive It?
309(3)
Death by Drone
312(3)
No Hiding from History
315(4)
Part Four Global
319(48)
Chapter 16 Three Essays on America and The World
321(46)
The Unipolar Moment (1990)
321(12)
Democratic Realism (2004)
333(19)
Decline Is a Choice (2009)
352(15)
Acknowledgments 367(3)
Index 370