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Wills, Garry 1934-

Works: 245 works in 802 publications in 1 language and 71,552 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Church history  Controversial literature  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Apologetic works  Case studies 
Roles: Editor, Author of introduction, Other, Interviewer
Classifications: E475.55, B
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Lincoln at Gettysburg : the words that remade America by Garry Wills ( Book )
19 editions published between 1992 and 2006 in English and held by 3,976 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 )
33 editions published between 1978 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,992 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 )
15 editions published between 1986 and 2000 in English and held by 2,612 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 )
15 editions published between 1981 and 2002 in English and held by 2,457 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
Papal sin : structures of deceit by Garry Wills ( Book )
20 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in English and held by 2,340 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
What Jesus meant by Garry Wills ( Book )
8 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 2,324 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
A necessary evil : a history of American distrust of government by Garry Wills ( Book )
13 editions published between 1996 and 2002 in English and held by 2,272 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 )
13 editions published between 1990 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,267 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 2,131 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
Saint Augustine by Garry Wills ( Book )
10 editions published between 1999 and 2005 in English and held by 2,129 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
Negro president : Jefferson and the slave power by Garry Wills ( Book )
11 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 2,114 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
Certain trumpets : the call of leaders by Garry Wills ( Book )
6 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 1,941 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"He moves beyond the traditional study of elected officials and business giants, past the usual emphasis on glamour, forceful personality, or technique, to look at leaders of different scope and particular talents. Wills shows how leaders are shaped by the very circumstances in which they must shape others' actions. No one, after all, can be a leader without followers. Only the vital interplay of wills between leaders and followers can direct them both toward a goal." "In Certain Trumpets leadership is not a static pose but becomes an exhilarating partnership. Once again Garry Wills has transformed the lens through which we see our leaders, our society, and ourselves."--Jacket
Nixon agonistes; the crisis of the self-made man by Garry Wills ( Book )
13 editions published between 1970 and 2002 in English and held by 1,821 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Garry Wills' book ... describ[es] the essential feel of America and the American people moving into the 1970's."
Explaining America : the Federalist by Garry Wills ( Book )
18 editions published between 1980 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,736 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
John Wayne's America : the politics of celebrity by Garry Wills ( Book )
7 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 1,631 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
Head and heart : American Christianities by Garry Wills ( Book )
5 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 1,596 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 )
5 editions published between 1984 and 1985 in English and held by 1,587 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Henry Adams and the making of America by Garry Wills ( Book )
8 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 1,566 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In this new view of the greatest historian of the nineteenth century, historian Wills showcases Henry Adams's little-known but seminal study of the early United States and elicits from it fresh insights on the paradoxes that roil America to this day. Adams drew on his own southern fixation, extensive foreign travel, political service in Lincoln's White House, and much more to invent the study of history as we know it. His chronicle established new standards for employing archival sources, firsthand reportage, eyewitness accounts, and other techniques that have become the essence of modern history. Adams's innovations went beyond the technical; he posited an ironic view of the legacy of Jefferson and Madison: they strove to shield the young country from "foreign entanglements," a standing army, a central bank, and a federal bureaucracy, among other hallmarks of "big government"--yet by the end of their tenures they had permanently entrenched all of these things in American society. This is the "American paradox" that defines us today.--From publisher description
Venice: lion city : the religion of empire by Garry Wills ( Book )
19 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 1,559 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A historical perspective on Venice during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries is told through its relationship with art and its connection to religion, and details the labor, warfare, prayer, and discipline of the time
What Paul meant by Garry Wills ( Book )
5 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 1,547 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
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Alternative Names
Wills, Garry David 1934-
Wills, Gary 1934-
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