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Wills, Garry 1934-

Overview
Works: 219 works in 890 publications in 10 languages and 73,309 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Church history  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Controversial literature  Apologetic works  Case studies  Biographies 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Other, Narrator, Interviewer
Classifications: E475.55, B
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Most widely held works by Garry Wills
Lincoln at Gettysburg : the words that remade America by Garry Wills( Book )

32 editions published between 1961 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 3,983 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examination of the Gettysburg Address and Lincoln in their historical moment and cultural frame breathing new life into the words and revealing much about the President
Inventing America : Jefferson's Declaration of independence by Garry Wills( Book )

38 editions published between 1978 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,949 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Analyzes the meaning of the Declaration of Independence and discusses the political, social, and intellectual philosophies on which it was based
Reagan's America : innocents at home by Garry Wills( Book )

28 editions published between 1987 and 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,862 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A biography analyzing the values surrounding Reagan as he grew up, was educated, entered into the movie and business worlds, and finally into politics
The Kennedy imprisonment : a meditation on power by Garry Wills( Book )

19 editions published between 1981 and 2002 in English and Japanese and held by 2,401 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Garry Wills, both historian and journalist, exercises both crafts in turn. Sometimes gossipy, sometimes philosophical, he traces the lines of power in the Kennedys' lives
Saint Augustine by Garry Wills( Book )

29 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 2,319 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For centuries, Augustine's writings have moved and fascinated readers. With the fresh, keen eye of a writer whose own intellectual analysis has won him a Pulitzer Prize, Gary Wills examines this famed fourth-century bishop and seminal thinker whose grounding in classical philosophy informed his influential interpretation of the Christian doctrines of mind and body, wisdom and God. Saint Augustine explores both the great ruminator on the human condition and the everyday man who set pen to parchment. It challenges many misconceptions, among them those regarding his early sexual excesses. Here, for students, Christians, and voyagers into the new millennium, is a lively and incisive portrait of one who helped to shape our thoughts
Papal sin : structures of deceit by Garry Wills( Book )

19 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and Dutch and held by 2,264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles the history of the Catholic Church and its hierarchy from the nineteenth century to the present, focusing on the Church's devious practices and stubborn resistance to the truth
A necessary evil : a history of American distrust of government by Garry Wills( Book )

14 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in English and held by 2,256 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author blames American's long-standing mistrust of government on a misreading of history, and a fundamental misunderstanding of the Founding Fathers
Under God : religion and American politics by Garry Wills( Book )

14 editions published between 1990 and 2007 in English and held by 2,236 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the relation of religion and politics in American life
James Madison by Garry Wills( Book )

5 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 2,151 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this examination of the life of a founding father, renowned historian Wills takes a fresh look at the life of James Madison, from his rise to prominence in the colonies through his role in the creation of the Articles of Confederation and the first Constitutional Congress
What Jesus meant by Garry Wills( Book )

8 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and held by 2,098 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In what are billed as "culture wars," people on the political right and the political left cite Jesus as endorsing their views. Wills argues that Jesus subscribed to no political program--He was far more radical than that. It is only by dodges and evasions that people misrepresent what Jesus plainly had to say against power, the wealthy, and religion itself. Jesus came from the working class, and he spoke to and for that class. This book will challenge the assumptions of almost everyone who brings religion into politics--"Christian socialists" as well as biblical theocrats. But Wills is just as critical of those who would make Jesus a mere ethical teacher, ignoring or playing down his divinity--Jesus without the Resurrection is simply not the Jesus of the gospels. He argues that this does not make people embrace an otherworldliness that ignores the poor or the problems of our time.--From publisher description
Negro president : Jefferson and the slave power by Garry Wills( Book )

13 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 2,079 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Offers a new look at Thomas Jefferson and his presidency, his election due to the "slave power" vote, the relationship between the power of the slave states and his administration's policies, and the opposition he faced
Nixon agonistes; the crisis of the self-made man by Garry Wills( Book )

28 editions published between 1969 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,070 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Garry Wills' book ... describ[es] the essential feel of America and the American people moving into the 1970's."
Certain trumpets : the call of leaders by Garry Wills( Book )

6 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 1,884 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In his Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Critics Circle Award-winning Lincoln at Gettysburg, Garry Wills reframed our understanding of Lincoln the leader. Wills breathed new life into words we thought we knew and revealed much about a President so mythologized but often misunderstood. He showed how Lincoln's personality was less at issue than his followers' values and Lincoln's exquisite ability, in a mere 272 words, to reach them, to give the whole nation "a new birth of freedom," and to weave a spell that has not yet been broken." "Now Wills extends his extraordinary quality of observation and iconoclastic scholarship to examine the nature of leadership itself, perhaps history's most pivotal and emotionally charged topic. Almost the first thing people say about leaders is that we used to have them but now do not. Some blame this on the press, or on television, or on education. Others say we are manipulated, not led. Still others pore over book after book, searching for the perfect exemplar to imitate in order to achieve success." "Wills offers a wide range of portraits drawn largely, but not exclusively, from American history and representing revolutionary, political, religious, business, artistic, sports, and military leaders - Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harriet Tubman, Eleanor Roosevelt, Andrew Young, Napoleon, King David, Ross Perot, George Washington, Socrates, Mary Baker Eddy, Carl Stotz, Martha Graham, Martin Luther King, Jr., Cesare Borgia, and Dorothy Day - each shown in the act of leading his or her followers. And after each example, Wills also provides an anti-type to help define the type better."
What Paul meant by Garry Wills( Book )

10 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and held by 1,759 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

All through history, Christians have debated Paul's influence on the church. Though revered, Paul has also been a stone on which many stumble. Unlike the Gospel writers, who carefully shaped their narratives many decades after Jesus' life, Paul wrote in the heat of the moment, managing controversy, and sometimes contradicting himself, but at the same time offering the best reflection of those early times. This interpretation of Paul's writing examines his tremendous influence on the first explosion of Christian belief and chronicles the controversy surrounding Paul through the centuries.--From publisher description
John Wayne's America : the politics of celebrity by Garry Wills( Book )

19 editions published between 1997 and 2014 in English and held by 1,718 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Unlike other actors and actresses with whom we associate political views, Wayne embodied a politics of large meanings - a politics of gender (masculine), ideology (patriotism), character (self-reliance), and personal responsibility. It was a politics of implicit dogmas that often transcended his own views and behavior. Although Wayne avoided serving in the military during World War II, he became, through his screen roles, the model of the American soldier. Likewise, although Wayne's popular image is that of a staunch anti-Communist, in reality he avoided taking a stand in the bitter ideological war that raged in Hollywood until after the issue had been decided
Explaining America : the Federalist by Garry Wills( Book )

23 editions published between 1980 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,706 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Head and heart : American Christianities by Garry Wills( Book )

5 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 1,571 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An examination of Christianity's place in American life through history, from the Puritans to the administration of George W. Bush. The struggle within American Christianity, historian Wills argues, has been between the head and the heart: reason and emotion, Enlightenment and Evangelism. 18th century America saw a religious revolution--an Enlightenment culture emerged whose hallmarks were tolerance for other faiths and a belief that religion was best divorced from political institutions. Wills shows how radical a departure this was, and shows the steps by which church-state separation was enshrined in the Constitution. He shows a repeating pattern in our history: a cooling of popular religious fervor, followed by an explosion in evangelical activity--generally during times of social transformation and anxiety--and then a backlash. Wills's message is to be vigilant against the triumph of emotions over reason, but to know that the tension between them is necessary, inevitable, and unending.--From publisher description
Cincinnatus : George Washington and the Enlightenment by Garry Wills( Book )

6 editions published between 1984 and 1985 in English and held by 1,567 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What the Gospels meant by Garry Wills( Book )

7 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in English and Korean and held by 1,556 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the goals, methods, and styles of the evangelists and how these shaped the gospels' messages. The earliest book, Mark, emphasizes Jesus the sufferer; in Matthew, Jesus the teacher; in Luke, Jesus the reconciler; and in John, Jesus the mystic
Augustine's Confessions : a biography by Garry Wills( Book )

14 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 864 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

" ... Tells the story of theConfessions--what motivated Augustine to dictate it, how it asks to be read, and the many ways it has been misread in the one-and-a-half millennia since it was composed. Following Wills's biography of Augustine and his translation of theConfessions, this is an unparalleled introduction to one of the most important books in the Christian and Western traditions. Understandably fascinated by the story of Augustine's life, modern readers have largely succumbed to the temptation to read theConfessions as autobiography. But, Wills argues, this is a mistake. The book is not autobiography but rather a long prayer, suffused with the language of Scripture and addressed to God, not man. Augustine tells the story of his life not for its own significance but in order to discern how, as a drama of sin and salvation leading to God, it fits into sacred history. "We have to read Augustine as we do Dante," Wills writes, "alert to rich layer upon layer of Scriptural and theological symbolism." Wills also addresses the long afterlife of the book, from controversy in its own time and relative neglect during the Middle Ages to a renewed prominence beginning in the fourteenth century and persisting to today, when theConfessionshas become an object of interest not just for Christians but also historians, philosophers, psychiatrists, and literary critics"--Jacket
 
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Alternative Names
Garry Wills American academic

Wills, Garry David 1934-

Wills, Gary 1934-

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Inventing America : Jefferson's Declaration of independenceReagan's America : innocents at homeThe Kennedy imprisonment : a meditation on powerSaint AugustinePapal sin : structures of deceitA necessary evil : a history of American distrust of governmentUnder God : religion and American politicsJames Madison