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Wills, Garry 1934-

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Most widely held works by Garry Wills
Lincoln at Gettysburg : the words that remade America by Garry Wills( Book )

43 editions published between 1961 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 3,826 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 )

49 editions published between 1978 and 2018 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,945 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 )

45 editions published between 1985 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,787 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
Augustine's Confessions : a biography by Garry Wills( )

21 editions published between 2011 and 2021 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,539 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

" ... 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 Confessions 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 the Confessions has become an object of interest not just for Christians but also historians, philosophers, psychiatrists, and literary critics"--Jacket
The Kennedy imprisonment : a meditation on power by Garry Wills( Book )

35 editions published between 1981 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 2,320 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
What Jesus meant by Garry Wills( Book )

17 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 2,126 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
Under God : religion and American politics by Garry Wills( Book )

24 editions published between 1990 and 2014 in English and held by 2,100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

25 editions published between 1999 and 2005 in 6 languages and held by 2,099 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 )

7 editions published in 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,092 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 )

35 editions published between 1969 and 2017 in English and held by 2,092 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From one of America's most distinguished historians comes this classic analysis of Richard Nixon. By considering some of the president's opinions, Wills comes to the controversial conclusion that Nixon was actually a liberal. Both entertaining and essential, Nixon Agonistes captures a troubled leader and a struggling nation mired in a foolish Asian war, forfeiting the loyalty of its youth, puzzled by its own power, and looking to its cautious president for confidence. In the end, Nixon Agonistes reaches far beyond its assessment of the thirty-seventh president to become an incisive and provocative analysis of the American political machine
Papal sin : structures of deceit by Garry Wills( Book )

24 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and Dutch and held by 2,073 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 )

21 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,063 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
Scoundrel time by Lillian Hellman( Book )

28 editions published between 1976 and 2000 in 3 languages and held by 2,039 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A memoir of the witch hunting and blacklisting years of the 1950's
Rome and rhetoric : Shakespeare's Julius Caesar by Garry Wills( )

16 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 1,924 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Renaissance plays and poetry in England were saturated with the formal rhetorical twists that Latin education made familiar to audiences and readers. Yet a formally educated man like Ben Jonson was unable to make these ornaments come to life in his two classical Roman plays. The author, focusing his attention on Shakespeare's play, Julius Caesar, here demonstrates how Shakespeare so wonderfully made these ancient devices vivid, giving his characters their own personal styles of Roman speech. In four chapters, each devoted to one of the play's main characters, the author shows that Caesar, Brutus, Antony, and Cassius each has his own take on the rhetorical ornaments that Elizabethans learned in school. Shakespeare also makes Rome present and animate by casting his troupe of experienced players to make their strengths shine through the historical facts that Plutarch supplied him with. The result is that the Rome English-speaking people carry about in their minds is the Rome that Shakespeare created for them. And that is true, the author affirms, even for today's classical scholars with access to the original Roman sources
Certain trumpets : the call of leaders by Garry Wills( Book )

12 editions published between 1983 and 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,745 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."
Negro president : Jefferson and the slave power by Garry Wills( Book )

13 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 1,682 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
What Paul meant by Garry Wills( Book )

16 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and held by 1,675 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
Explaining America : the Federalist by Garry Wills( Book )

30 editions published between 1980 and 2001 in English and held by 1,620 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1787 and 1788, Alexander Hamilton and James Madison published what remains perhaps the greatest example of political journalism in the English language--the Federalist Papers. Written to urge ratification of the Constitution, the eighty-five essays--trenchant in thought and graceful in expression--defended the Constitution not merely as a theoretical statement but as a practical instrument of rule. Now updated with a new introduction, Garry Wills's classic study subjects these essays to rigorous analysis, illuminating, as only he can, their significance in the development of the philosophy on which our government is based
John Wayne's America : the politics of celebrity by Garry Wills( Book )

21 editions published between 1996 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,498 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
Henry Adams and the making of America by Garry Wills( Book )

13 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 1,465 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book explores the life and work of Henry Adams, the greatest historian of the nineteenth century. The author showcases 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.--adapted from publisher description
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Lincoln at Gettysburg : the words that remade America
Inventing America : Jefferson's Declaration of independenceReagan's America : innocents at homeAugustine's Confessions : a biographyThe Kennedy imprisonment : a meditation on powerWhat Jesus meantUnder God : religion and American politicsSaint AugustineJames Madison
Alternative Names
Garry Wills académico estadounidense

Garry Wills American academic

Garry Wills Amerikaans historicus

Garry Wills scoláire Meiriceánach

Wills, Garry

Wills, Garry David 1934-

Wills, Gary 1934-...

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윌스, 개리 1934-

윌스, 게리 1934-

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ウイルズ, ギャリ- 1934-