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Wills, Garry 1934-

Works: 215 works in 828 publications in 1 language and 71,825 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Church history  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Controversial literature  Apologetic works  Case studies 
Roles: Editor, Author of introduction, Other, 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 )
23 editions published between 1961 and 2006 in English and held by 4,000 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 )
34 editions published between 1978 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,988 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 1986 and 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,905 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 2,439 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 )
19 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in English and held by 2,329 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 2014 in English and held by 2,294 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 1999 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 )
15 editions published between 1990 and 2007 in English and held by 2,262 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Explores the relation of religion and politics in American life
Saint Augustine by Garry Wills ( Book )
18 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in English and held by 2,211 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
James Madison by Garry Wills ( Book )
5 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 2,143 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
Nixon agonistes; the crisis of the self-made man by Garry Wills ( Book )
25 editions published between 1969 and 2002 in English and held by 2,108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Garry Wills' book ... describ[es] the essential feel of America and the American people moving into the 1970's."
Negro president : Jefferson and the slave power by Garry Wills ( Book )
12 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 2,104 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 1,920 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
What Paul meant by Garry Wills ( Book )
9 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and held by 1,768 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 )
16 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in English and held by 1,751 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In this work of great originality, the biography of an idea, Wills shows how John Wayne and the Hollywood image factories distorted or ignored important facts of Wayne's life to create his myth. Wills shows for the first time how Wayne, through his screen characters, spoke to the needs of his audience at crucial periods in American history, and how in response Americans invested their emotions in that embodiment of their deepest myths
Explaining America : the Federalist by Garry Wills ( Book )
20 editions published between 1980 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,730 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Augustine's Confessions a biography by Garry Wills ( )
10 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 1,687 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In this brief and incisive book, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Garry Wills tells the story of the Confessions--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 the Confessions, 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 the Confess
Head and heart : American Christianities by Garry Wills ( Book )
5 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 1,587 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 1,576 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 1,569 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
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Alternative Names
Wills, Garry David 1934-
Wills, Gary 1934-
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