Outside Looking In (Paperback)

Adventures of an Observer

By Garry Wills

Penguin Books, 9780143119890, 208pp.

Publication Date: September 27, 2011

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (10/13/2010)
Hardcover (10/14/2010)
Hardcover, Large Print, Large Print (2/1/2011)

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A captivating memoir from the incomparable Garry Wills, "one of the country's most distinguished intellectuals" (The New York Times Book Review)

Illuminating and provocative, Outside Looking In is a compelling chronicle of an original thinker at work in remarkable times. With his dazzling style and journalist's eye for detail, Garry Wills brings history to life. Whether writing about the civil rights movement, 1960s protests, or close-up studies of the people who have shaped our world, only he could bring together in one book Barry Goldwater, Daniel Berrigan, Beverly Sills, Richard Nixon, and John Waters. Wills shares, as only the best raconteurs can, stories of the fascinating people he has closely observed during more than fifty years of reporting.

About the Author

Garry Wills is a historian and the author of the New York Times bestsellers What Jesus MeantPapal SinWhy 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.

Praise For Outside Looking In: Adventures of an Observer

"Entirely fascinating." 
--The Washington Times

"Garry Wills is not only one of the country's most distinguished intellectuals but also one of its most provacative."
--The New York Times Book Review

"A completely captivating collection . . . [Wills] writes an intensely opinionated reevaluation of leaders he has encountered, autobiographical reminiscences, and insightful, mostly admiring essays on imporant people in his life."
--Publisher's Weekly (starred review)