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General Information

Name:  George Frederik Will  

Pen Name: George F. Will,


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1941 in Champaign, Illinois

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Will was born and raised in Champaign, Illinois. He graduated from University Laboratory High School in Urbana, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Will is a prize wining columnist, journalist, and author. He writes about foreign and domestic politics and policy and baseball. Will attended Trinity College in Connecticut and Oxford University in England. He earned a Ph.D. in political science from Princeton University in 1967. He taught at Michigan State University and the University of Toronto but left academic life to work in Washington DC in 1970. In 1973, Will became the Washington editor of ''National Review''. He then became a syndicated columnist for the Washington Post Writers Group in 1974 and was a contributing editor for ''Newsweek'' by 1976. In 1977, Will was a television commentator ''Agronsky and Company'' and in 1981 for ''This Week with David Brinkley''. He won a a Pulitizer Prize for commentary writing in 1977. Will has been a regular member of ABC's ''This Week'' on Sunday mornings since the show began in 1981. He continues to write a syndicated column for ''The Washington Post'' and serves as a contributing analyst with ABC News.


Will won a Pulitzer Prize for commentary writing in 1977.

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Selected Titles At Your Library

A nice little place on the North Side :
ISBN: 0385349319. OCLC Number: 851420048

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Chronicling a century of highs and lows at Wrigley Field, George Will explores the home of the hapless Chicago Cubs in relation to his upbringing, the growth of Chicago, the history of baseball, and the nature of sports fandom.

Bunts :
ISBN: 0684838206. OCLC Number: 38961458

Scribner,. .

Contains over seventy essays by columnist George Will in which he tells stories of America's favorite pastime, and includes an examination of baseball's evolution through the twentieth century.

How baseball explains America /
ISBN: 1600789382. OCLC Number: 873839880

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Examining the connection between baseball and our country's history, How Baseball Explains America is a fascinating, one-of-a-kind journey through the sport known as America's pastime. Longtime USA Today baseball columnist Hal Bodley explores just how essential baseball is to understanding the American experience. He takes readers into the Oval Office with George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton as the former presidents share their thoughts on the game, he contrasts the highs and lows of Pete Rose's journey with the ethical challenges that Americans face, and he looks at baseball's struggle with performance enhancing drugs alongside America's war on drugs. An unabashedly celebratory explanation of America's love affair with baseball and the men who make it possible, this work sheds light on topics such as the role Jackie Robinson's signing with the Dodgers played in the civil rights movement, how baseball's westward expansion mirrored the growth of our national economy, and the military lineage of such legends as Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams. It is a must read for anyone interested in more fully understanding not only the game but also the nation in which it thrives.

Men at work :
ISBN: 0026284707. OCLC Number: 20422141

Macmillan ;. .

Examines the elements of baseball by examining four men who are exemplars of the game's exacting craftsmanship.

One man's America :
ISBN: 0307454363. OCLC Number: 236089413

Crown Forum,. .

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.

Restoration :
ISBN: 0029347130. OCLC Number: 26304244

Free Press ;. .

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.

Statecraft as soulcraft :
ISBN: 0297783629. OCLC Number: 12467373

Weidenfeld and Nicolson,. .

Suddenly :
ISBN: 0029344352. OCLC Number: 21972996

Free Press ;. .

The author discusses the triumph of American democratic ideals abroad, the failings of the budget and the President, and other topics.

The new season :
ISBN: 0671662759. OCLC Number: 18772621

Simon and Schuster,. .

The woven figure :
ISBN: 0684825627. OCLC Number: 37615594

Scribner,. .

In this volume, Mr. Will, distinguished political columnist and cultural critic, examines many episodes of the conservatives' tribulations and the liberals' accommodations to the new political landscape. These writings present a map of the landscape, a guide for people perplexed by the gap between contemporary political theories and practices. Here are essays about the peculiar goings-on on campuses, where "rights"--Including a right to Chinese take-out food - multiply. Mr. Will is as pleased by the thirtieth anniversary of The Public Interest quarterly as he is appalled by the horrific new "sport" of "extreme fighting," which raises questions about the limits of permissible commerce. Here are snapshots of something trivial, the 1996 presidential campaign, that illustrated something momentous, the marginalization of the presidency. Mr. Will examines the achievements and misadventures of judicial activism, the writing of national standards for the teaching of history, and the West's response to genocide in the Balkans. But as always in Mr. Will's writings, there is time for the pure fun of life in a nation blessed with ESPN and Corvettes.

With a happy eye but-- America and the world, 1997-2002 /
ISBN: 0684838214. OCLC Number: 49894603

Free Press,. .

The columnist imparts his views on such topics as Whitewater, Monica Lewinsky, the impeachment trial of Clinton, the debate over partial-birth abortions, the 2000 election, baseball, and the deaths of his mentor and father.