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4.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 54.5 out of 5 4.50 (2 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Garry Wills Narrator: Garry Wills Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2010 ISBN: 9781101195901
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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. Sometimes this made him the prey of con men, like conspiratorialist Mark Lane or civil rights leader James Bevel. At other times it led to close friendship with such people as William F. Buckley Jr. or singer Beverly Sills. The result is the most personal book Wills has ever written.

With his dazzling style and journalist’s eye for detail, Wills brings history to life, whether it’s the civil rights movement; the protests against the Vietnam War; the presidential campaigns of Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, and Bill Clinton; or the set of Oliver Stone’s Nixon. Illuminating and provocative, Outside Looking In is a compelling chronicle of an original thinker at work in remarkable times.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 12/27/2010

    " I haven't read any of his other books, but I enjoyed these personal essays.

    Anyone who routinely reads in the bath tub has good points.

    Of course, it helps the book that he has had an interesting life and writes well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Faith | 10/31/2010

    " For all bibliophiles and those passionate about politics and journalism. "

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About the Author
Author Garry Wills

Garry Wills is a historian and the author of the New York Times bestsellers What Jesus Meant, Papal Sin, Why I Am a Catholic, and Why Priests?, among others. A frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books and other publications, Wills is a Pulitzer Prize winner and a professor emeritus at Northwestern University. He lives in Evanston, Illinois.