Garry Wills (born May 22, 1934) is an American author, journalist, and historian, specializing in American history, politics, and religion, especially the history of the Catholic Church. He won a Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction in 1993.

Wills has written over fifty books and, since 1973, has been a frequent reviewer for The New York Review of Books.[1] He became a faculty member of the history department at Northwestern University in 1980, where he is currently an Emeritus Professor of History.

Books in order of publication:

  • Chesterton: Man and Mask (1961).
  • Animals of the Bible (1962)
  • Politics and Catholic Freedom (1964)
  • Roman Culture: Weapons and the Man (1966).
  • The Second Civil War: Arming for Armageddon (1968)
  • Jack Ruby (1968).
  • Nixon Agonistes: The Crisis of the Self-made Man (1970, 1979).
  • Bare Ruined Choirs: Doubt, Prophecy, and Radical Religion (1972).
  • Values Americans Live By (1973).
  • Inventing America: Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence (1978).
  • Confessions of a Conservative (1979).
  • At Button’s (1979).
  • Explaining America: The Federalist (1981).
  • The Kennedy Imprisonment: A Meditation on Power (1982).
  • Lead Time: A Journalist’s Education (1983).
  • Cincinnatus: George Washington and the Enlightenment (1984).
  • Reagan’s America: Innocents at Home (1987).
  • Under God: Religion and American Politics (1990).
  • Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America (1992).
  • Certain Trumpets: The Call of Leaders (1994).
  • Witches and Jesuits: Shakespeare’s Macbeth (1995).
  • John Wayne’s America: The Politics of Celebrity (1997).
  • Saint Augustine (1999).
  • Saint Augustine’s Childhood (2001).
  • Saint Augustine’s Memory (2002).
  • Saint Augustine’s Sin (2003).
  • Saint Augustine’s Conversion (2004).
  • A Necessary Evil: A History of American Distrust of Government (1999).
  • Papal Sin: Structures of Deceit (2000).
  • Venice: Lion City: The Religion of Empire (2001).
  • Why I Am a Catholic (2002).
  • Mr. Jefferson’s University (2002).
  • James Madison (2002).
  • Negro President: Jefferson and the Slave Power (2003).
  • Henry Adams and the Making of America (2005).
  • The Rosary: Prayer Comes Round (2005).
  • What Jesus Meant (2006).
  • What Paul Meant (2006).
  • Bush’s Fringe Government (2006).
  • Head and Heart: American Christianities (2007).
  • What the Gospels Meant (2008).
  • Bomb Power (2010).
  • Outside Looking In: Adventures of an Observer (2010).
  • Augustine’s ‘Confessions’: A Biography (2011).
  • Verdi’s Shakespeare: Men of the Theater (2011).
  • Rome and Rhetoric: Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar (2011).
  • Font of Life: Ambrose, Augustine, and the Mystery of Baptism (2012).
  • Why Priests? (2013).
  • Making Make-Believe Real: Politics as Theater in Shakespeare’s Time (2014).
  •  The Future of the Catholic Church with Pope Francis (March 2015).
  • What The Qur’an Meant and Why It Matters (2017).