Search Results: "Garry Wills"


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VENICE: LION CITY by Garry Wills
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A history from the precious perspective of a devotee."
Prolific classicist Wills (Saint Augustine's Childhood, above, etc.) examines the politics, art, and religion of Renaissance Venice to show how the sea empire was a crowning achievement of civilization. Read full book review >

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PAPAL SIN by Garry Wills
NON-FICTION
Released: June 6, 2000

"An invigorating read that is sure to spark controversy."
Popes used to sin openly, and Catholics knew it, writes Pulitzer Prize-winner Wills (John Wayne's America, 1997, etc.) in his new study of contemporary Catholicism. Read full book review >

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EXPLAINING AMERICA by Garry Wills
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2001

"In short, we thought, 'the point of the whole exercise still remains obscure.'"
The prolific and popular scholar-historian adds a new introduction to his study of the Federalist Papers, this time defending himself against critics who argued he blurred distinctions between Founders Hamilton and Madison. Read full book review >

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OUTSIDE LOOKING IN by Garry Wills
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 18, 2010

"Ultimately, it is Wills himself who shines brightest from these pages—owlish, ethical, skeptical of power, deep of faith and achingly honest."
Pulitzer Prize winner Wills (Bomb Power: The Modern Presidency and the National Security State, 2010, etc.) offers up a pleasantly revealing grab bag of memories. Read full book review >

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HEAD AND HEART by Garry Wills
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 8, 2007

"Vintage Wills—a strong interpretive framework, vigorous prose and big, provocative arguments."
In this learned, impassioned jeremiad, Pulitzer Prize-winning Wills (What Jesus Meant, 2006, etc.) traces two styles of Protestantism throughout American history and sounds the alarm about evangelicalism. Read full book review >

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WHAT THE QUR'AN MEANT by Garry Wills
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Wills has good reason to share his own reading and study of the Quran with a populace largely ignorant of its contents, but he does so in a vacuum, unattached from the many cultural expressions of this sacred text's adherents."
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Wills (Emeritus, History/Northwestern Univ.; The Future of the Catholic Church with Pope Francis, 2015, etc.) defends the Quran in this layperson's review. Read full book review >

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JOHN WAYNE'S AMERICA by Garry Wills
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1997

"A major achievement in cultural criticism that will not be easily surpassed. (First serial to the New Yorker; author tour)"
Pulitzer Prize winner and author of 18 previous books, Wills (Witches and Jesuits, 1994, etc.) brings his usual insightful and far-reaching erudition to bear on one of the most culturally important ``stars'' America has ever produced. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1992

"Though Wills continues to wear his erudition on his sleeve, he is also, as ever, provocative—and, here, eloquent and moving too. (B&w photographs—not seen.)"
Another attempt by journalist-historian Wills (Under God, 1990, etc.) to peel away layers of myth to extract the original context and continued relevance of an American institution—as he did in his trilogy about the Enlightenment influence on early America: Cincinnatus (1984), Explaining America (1981), and Inventing America (1978). Read full book review >

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VERDI'S SHAKESPEARE by Garry Wills
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2011

"While the book has an enormous amount to teach devotees of either Shakespeare or Verdi, opera fans in particular will enjoy the author's close and illuminating attention to backstage history, as well as words, music and phrasing."
One genius interprets another: English to Italian, words to lyrics, immortal drama to overpowering opera. Read full book review >

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THE FUTURE OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH WITH POPE FRANCIS by Garry Wills
NON-FICTION
Released: March 10, 2015

"A welcome, thoughtful menu for the new pope on how to proceed with reform."
Beautifully conceived and wrought essays that systematically address the wrongheadedness of the Catholic Church over centuries—and the space therein for Francis' long-needed reforms. Read full book review >

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SAINT AUGUSTINE’S CHILDHOOD by Garry Wills
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 24, 2001

"One can only hope that Wills will expand his project and give us the Testimony whole."
An exacting—and exciting—new translation and discussion of the first book of Augustine's Confessiones by an accomplished and prolific stylist and classicist (Venice: Lion City, below, etc.). Read full book review >

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SAINT AUGUSTINE’S CONVERSION by Garry Wills
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 22, 2004

"Elegant and well annotated: of considerable interest to students of the church fathers and doctors."
Fourth and last volume (after Saint Augustine's Sin, 2003, etc.) of classicist/historian Wills's translation of Augustine's Confessions, a key document of the early church. Read full book review >