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    • Lincoln at Gettysburg

    • The Words that Remade America
    • By: Garry Wills
    • Narrated by: Garry Wills
    • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
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    There is perhaps no more compelling example of the power of words than Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. In merely 272 words, Lincoln gave the nation "a new birth of freedom" by tracing its history to the Declaration of Independence, as well as incorporating elements of the Greek revival and Transcendentalism. Garry Wills breathes news life into words we thought we knew and reveals much about a President so easily mythologized but often misunderstood.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Review in 292

    • By Darwin8u on 03-26-15

    Regular price: $16.95

    • Bomb Power

    • The Modern Presidency and the National Security State
    • By: Garry Wills
    • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
    • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 37
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    In Bomb Power, Garry Wills reveals how the atomic bomb transformed our nation down to its deepest constitutional roots - by dramatically increasing the power of the modern presidency and redefining the government as a national security state---in ways still felt today. A masterful reckoning from one of America's preeminent historians, Bomb Power draws a direct line from the Manhattan Project to the usurpations of George W. Bush.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent book.

    • By Sageeve Prabhakaran on 12-13-10
    • The Modern Presidency and the National Security State
    • By: Garry Wills
    • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
    • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
    • Release date: 01-22-10
    • 4 out of 5 stars 37 ratings

    Regular price: $20.99

    • What Jesus Meant

    • By: Garry Wills
    • Narrated by: Garry Wills
    • Length: 4 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In what are billed "culture wars", people on the political right and the political left cite Jesus as endorsing their views. Garry Wills argues that Jesus subscribed to no political program. He was far more radical than that. In a fresh reading of the gospels, Wills explores the meaning of the "reign of heaven" that Jesus not only promised for the future but brought with him into this life.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The best book on Jesus I've read.

    • By Jack on 10-29-11

    Regular price: $17.47

    • What the Qur'an Meant

    • And Why It Matters
    • By: Garry Wills
    • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
    • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Garry Wills has spent a lifetime thinking and writing about Christianity. In What the Qur'an Meant, Wills invites listeners to join him as he embarks on a timely and necessary reconsideration of the Qur'an, leading us through perplexing passages with insight and erudition. What does the Qur'an actually say about veiling women? Does it justify religious war? There was a time when ordinary Americans did not have to know much about Islam. That is no longer the case.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great insight.

    • By Rambo on 12-04-17

    Regular price: $21.00

    • What Paul Meant

    • By: Garry Wills
    • Narrated by: Garry Wills
    • Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 88
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    Throughout history, Christians have debated Paul's influence in the church. Though revered, Paul has also been controversial. In this masterly analysis, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Garry Wills chronicles Paul's tremendous influence on the first explosion of Christian belief, the controversy surrounding Paul through the centuries, and the meaning of his words.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Thoughtful

    • By Sara on 09-02-08

    Regular price: $17.47

    • James Madison

    • By: Garry Wills
    • Narrated by: Ira Claffey
    • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The eternal conundrum about James Madison - a key framer of the U.S. Constitution, a formidable political figure, and a man of penetrating analytical intellect and tremendous foresight - is why, when he became chief executive, did he steer the ship of state with such an unsteady hand? In this examination of Madison's life and career, Garry Wills outlines the union of unfortunate circumstance, misplaced temperament, and outright poor judgment that bogged down Madison's presidency.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Biography Is OK

    • By Noemi G on 04-30-05

    Regular price: $21.27

    • Inventing America

    • Jefferson's Declaration of Independence
    • By: Garry Wills
    • Narrated by: Tom Weitzel
    • Length: 18 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
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    From acclaimed historian Garry Wills, author of Lincoln at Gettysburg, a celebrated re-appraisal of the meaning and the source of inspiration of The Declaration of Independence, based on a reading of Jefferson's original draft document.

    Regular price: $35.00

    • The Future of the Catholic Church with Pope Francis

    • By: Garry Wills
    • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
    • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Pope Francis, the first Jesuit pope and the first from the Americas, offers a challenge to his Church. Can he bring about significant change? Should he? Garry Wills argues that changes have been the evidence of life in the Catholic Church. It has often changed, sometimes with bad consequences, more often with good - good enough to make it perdure. In this brilliant and incisive study, he gives seven examples of deep and serious changes that have taken place within the last century.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Not even close to Catholic Theology

    • By Jon Mielke on 07-06-15

    Regular price: $24.47

    • Saint Augustine

    • A Life
    • By: Garry Wills
    • Narrated by: Alexander Adams
    • Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
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    For centuries, Augustine's writings have moved and fascinated readers. With the keen eye of a writer whose own intellectual analysis won him a Pulitzer Prize, Gary Wills examines this famed fourth-century bishop and seminal thinker whose grounding in classical philosophy informed his interpretation of Christian doctrine. Saint Augustine explores Augustine's thought as well as the everyday man who set pen to parchment. It challenges many misconceptions.

    Regular price: $14.00

    • Head and Heart

    • American Christianities
    • By: Garry Wills
    • Narrated by: Mel Foster
    • Length: 18 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The struggle within American Christianity, Garry Wills argues, now and throughout our country's history, is between the head and the heart: between reason and emotion, Enlightenment and Evangelism. Why has this been so? How has the tension between the two poles played out, and with what consequences, over the past 400 years? How "Christian" is America, after all? Wills brings a lifetime's worth of thought about these questions to bear on a magnificent historical reckoning.

    Regular price: $34.99

    • "Negro President"

    • Jefferson and the Slave Power
    • By: Garry Wills
    • Narrated by: Garry Wills
    • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
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    New York Times best-selling, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Garry Wills, a two-time National Book Critics Circle Award winner, takes a bold and fresh look at Thomas Jefferson. Negro President reveals just how strong slave influence was on determining Jefferson’s policies. Through thorough research Wills shows precisely how this “slave power” helped shape the course of a fledgling nation.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting Book with a Misleading Title

    • By David on 08-07-12

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Why Priests?

    • A Failed Tradition
    • By: Garry Wills
    • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
    • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Bestselling author of Papal Sin and Why I Am a Catholic, Garry Wills spent five years as a young man at a Jesuit seminary and nearly became a priest himself. But after a lifetime of study and reflection, he now poses some challenging questions: Why do we need priests at all? Why did the priesthood arise in a religion that began without it and opposed it? Would Christianity be stronger without the priesthood, as it was at its outset?

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • An eye opening read

    • By William on 03-04-13

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Outside Looking In

    • Adventures of an Observer
    • By: Garry Wills
    • Narrated by: Garry Wills
    • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4 out of 5 stars 12
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    Bookish and retiring, Garry Wills has been an outsider in the academy, in journalism, even in his church. Yet these qualities have, paradoxically, prompted people to share intimate insights with him - perhaps because he is not a rival, a competitor, or a threat. The result is the most personal book Wills has ever written.

    Regular price: $21.00