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General Information

Name:  George Will  

Pen Name: None


Born: 1941 in Champaign, Illinois

-- George Will on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Born in Champaign, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Published Works

    Men at Work: The Craft of Baseball , Harper Paperbacks, 2010One Man's America: The Pleasures and Provocations of Our Singular Nation, Three Rivers Press , 2009Statecraft as Soulcraft , Touchstone, 1984Bunts, Free Press, 1999The WOVEN FIGURE : CONSERVATISM AND AMERICA'S FABRIC, Free Press, 1998With a Happy Eye, but... : America and the World, 1997--2002, Free Press , 2003Restoration: Congress, Term Limits and the Recovery of Deliberative Democracy, Free Press , 1993The Leveling Wind: Politics, the Culture, and Other News, Penguin, 1995The Pursuit of Happiness and Other Sobering Thoughts , Harpercollins, 1979Suddenly The American Idea Abroad and at Home 1986-1990 , Free Press , 1998

Selected Titles At Your Library

Men at work :
ISBN: 0061999814. OCLC Number:

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An analysis of the game of baseball profiles four key figures--Tony Gwynn, Orel Hershiser, Cal Ripken, Jr., and Tony LaRussa--and includes historical trivia, anecdotes, and conversations with players, managers, and coaches.

One man's America :
ISBN: 0307454363. OCLC Number:

Crown Forum,. New York :. 2008.

America's most widely read and most influential commentator casts his gimlet eye on our singular nation. Moving far beyond the strict confines of politics, George F. Will offers a fascinating look at the people, stories, and events--often unheralded--that make the American drama so endlessly entertaining and instructive. With Will's signature erudition and wry wit always on display, One Man's America chronicles a spectacular, eclectic procession of figures who have shaped our cultural landscape--from Playboy founder Hugh Hefner to National Review founder William F. Buckley Jr., from Victorian poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow to Beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, from cotton picker--turned--country singer Buck Owens to actor-turned-president Ronald Reagan. Will crisscrosses the country to illuminate what it is that makes America distinctive. He visits the USS Arizona memorial in Pearl Harbor and ponders its enduring links to the present. He travels to Milwaukee to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of an iconic brand, Harley-Davidson. In Los Angeles he finds the inspiring future of education, while in New York he confronts the dispiriting didacticism of the avant-garde. He ventures to the Civil War battlefields of Virginia to explore what we risk when we efface our own history. And on the outskirts of Chicago he investigates one of the darkest chapters in American history, only to discover a shining example of resilience and grace--the best the country has to offer.--From publisher description.

Statecraft as soulcraft :
ISBN: 0671427342. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster,. New York :. 1984, ©1983.

The conservative thinker and columnist reflects on the fundamental beliefs of American political theory, questioning the sufficiency of the principle of competing self-interests as a basis for society and arguing for a more broadly based interpretation of the role of government.

Bunts /
ISBN: 0684853744. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster,. New York, NY :. 1999.

The woven figure :
ISBN: 0684848201. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster,. New York, NY :. 1998, ©1997.

With a happy eye but-- America and the world, 1997-2002 /
ISBN: 0743243846. OCLC Number:

Free Press,. New York :. 2003.

Restoration :
ISBN: 0029347130. OCLC Number:

Free Press ;. New York :. ©1992.

The world's oldest democracy - ours - has an old tradition of skepticism about government. However, the degree of dismay about government today is perhaps unprecedented in our history. Americans are particularly convinced that Congress has become irresponsible, either unwilling or incapable of addressing the nation's problems - while it spends its time and our money on extending its members' careers. Many Americans have come to believe fundamental reform is needed, specifically limits on the number of terms legislators can serve. In Restoration, George Will makes a compelling case, drawn from our history and his close observance of Congress, that term limits are now necessary to revive the traditional values of classical republican government, to achieve the Founders' goal of deliberative democracy, and to restore Congress to competence and its rightful dignity as the First Branch of government. At stake, Will says, is the vitality of America's great promise self-government under representative institutions. At issue is the meaning of representation. The morality of representative government, Will argues, does not merely permit, it requires representatives to exercise independent judgment rather than merely execute instructions given by constituents. However, careerism, which is a consequence of the professionalization of politics, has made legislators servile and has made the national legislature incapable of rational, responsible behavior. Term limits would restore the constitutional space intended by the Founders, the healthy distance between the electors and the elected that is necessary for genuine deliberation about the public interest. Blending the political philosophy of the Founders with alarming facts about the behavior of legislative careerists, Restoration demonstrates how term limits, by altering the motives of legislators, can narrow the gap between the theory and the practice of American democracy.

The leveling wind :
ISBN: 0140247025. OCLC Number:

Penguin Books,. New York :. 1995, ©1994.

The pursuit of happiness, and other sobering thoughts /
ISBN: 006090738X. OCLC Number:

Harper & Row,. New York :. 1979, ©1978.

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