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Certain trumpets : the call of leaders
Wills, Garry, 1934-
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New York : Simon & Schuster, [1994]

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336 pages ; 25 cm
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Author Notes

Garry Wills, 1934 - Garry Wills was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1934. Wills received a B.A. from St. Louis University in 1957, an M.A. from Xavier University of Cincinnati in 1958, an M.A. (1959) and a Ph.D. (1961) in classics from Yale. Wills was a junior fellow of the Center for Hellenic Studies from 1961-62, an associate professor of classics and adjunct professor of humanities at Johns Hopkins University from 1962-80.

Wills was the first Washington Irving Professor of Modern American History and Literature at Union College, and was also a Regents Professor at the University of California in Santa Barbara, Silliman Seminarist at Yale, Christian Gauss Lecturer at Princeton, W.W. Cook Lecturer at the University of Michigan Law School, Hubert Humphrey Seminarist at Macalester College, Welch Professor of American Studies at Notre Dame University and Henry R. Luce Professor of American Culture and Public Policy at Northwestern University (1980-88). Wills is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and his articles appear frequently in The New York Review of Books.

Wills is the author of "Lincoln at Gettysburg," which won the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction in 1993 and the NEH Presidential Medal, "John Wayne's America," "A Necessary Evil: A History of American Distrust of Government" and "The Kennedy Imprisonment." Other awards received by Wills include the National Book Critics Award, the Merle Curti Award of the organization of American Historians, the Wilbur Cross Medal from Yale Graduate School, the Harold Washington Book Award and the Peabody Award for excellence in broadcasting, which was for writing and narrating the 1988 "Frontline" documentary "The Candidates."

(Bowker Author Biography) Garry Wills is a Pulitzer-prize winning historian and cultural critic. A former professor of Greek at Yale University, his many books include Lincoln at Gettysburg, Reagan's America, Witches and Jesuits, and a biography of Saint Augustine. He lives in Evanston, Indiana.

(Publisher Provided) Garry Wills is a frequent contributor to The New York Times Magazine and The New York Review of Books. He lives in Evanston, Illinois.

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Reviews 5

Booklist Review

The Pulitzer Prize-winning commentator and historian once again offers lucid, unique thinking on various sociopolitical situations from the past. What he had to say in the wise and revisionist Lincoln at Gettysburg (1992) is the perfect antecedent to what he has to say now; in the previous book Wills showed how our sixteenth president, a verbal magician, changed the way people interpreted the North's intent in the Civil War through his short speech at Gettysburg. Lincoln was a great leader, and leadership is Wills' subject here. In a series of short profiles of outstanding leaders at work, he analyzes the nature of leadership and its variations in practice within different contexts: politics, the military, business, religion, sports, the arts, etc. The format is particularly edifying in that for each of the individuals Wills presents as a good leader, he submits a counterpoint: an "antitype" (as he calls it), an individual who was bad at exactly what the superior political or religious or business leader was good at. "Mobilization toward a common good" is the sheer definition of leadership Wills tenders, and from Franklin Roosevelt to Harriet Tubman to Martha Graham, he informs us what that concept has meant in action. Beautifully written and reasoned. (Reviewed Apr. 15, 1994)067165702XBrad Hooper

Publisher's Weekly Review

For this unusual study, Wills ( Lincoln at Gettysburg ) has chosen 16 figures who exemplify a distinctive leadership type--for example, military (Napoleon), charismatic (King David), saintly (Catholic worker activist Dorothy Day). Each leader is contrasted with an ``antitype'' who, in Wills's judgment, failed to capitalize on strengths similar to those of his or her successful counterpart. Thus, Franklin D. Roosevelt, whose battle against polio inspired Americans to overcome hardship and war, dwarfs Adlai Stevenson, an idealist who thought ``voters should come to him''; and daring business leader Ross Perot, who welded a lean, mean sales team to launch a computer-service company, outranks General Motors CEO Roger Smith, who closed plants but would not explain his acts before the public. Wills pairs Martha Graham with Madonna, Socrates with Ludwig Wittgenstein, Eleanor Roosevelt with Nancy Reagan in a wise, witty, entertaining look at the psychology of leaders and their followers. One might question how hard some of his antitypes tried to be leaders. As Wills himself admits, ``Madonna is not leading a crusade.'' Illustrated. 75,000 first printing; BOMC, QPB and History Book Club alternates; author tour. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Wills (Lincoln at Gettysburg, LJ 5/1/92) identifies 16 historical figures who fit his definition of a leader-one who motivates others toward a common goal shared by the followers. His subjects include high-profile leaders like Washington, Roosevelt, and Napoleon and less conspicuous individuals like Carl Stotz, Dorothy Day, and Andrew Young. His categories include some curious selections-Eleanor Roosevelt for reform leadership, Socrates for intellectual leadership, and Pope John XXIII for traditional leadership. Wills concludes the section on each type with a brief analysis of an antitype, e.g., Stephen A. Douglas is presented as the antitype to the radical leadership of Harriet Tubman. The author admits that his are not necessarily the greatest or best of leaders; rather, they illustrate distinct kinds of ability. He concludes that whom one admires as a leader is an insight into the inner self. An important book by an important author, this volume is highly recommended for all academic and public libraries. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 1/94.]-Boyd Childress, Auburn Univ. Lib., Ala. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

School Library Journal Review

YA-Students will find food for thought in this volume of essays that attempts to compare and contrast styles of leadership by pairing successful leaders with antitypes. For instance, electoral giant Franklin Roosevelt is paired with Adlai Stevenson; Napoleon with George McClellan (military); Martin Luther King, Jr. with Robert Parris Moses (rhetorical). In every instance, consideration of the interests of followers and the ability to identify with them are deemed vital to the person's success. Roosevelt's experience with polio, for instance, allowed him to empathize with the struggles of ordinary citizens during the Depression. Stevenson, on the other hand, was aloof from the people, expecting his ideas to be enough to garner a following. In some instances, the pairs stretch the credibility of Wills's theory, and readers should be warned that the book is limited in biographical scope. Its narrow focus, however, brilliantly underscores its message.-Jackie Gropman, Kings Park Library, Burke, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

What, as leaders, do Franklin Roosevelt, Harriet Tubman, John XXI, Martha Graham, and Cesare Borgia have in common? To Garry Wills, a prolific scholar of classical bent, they are good examples of able guides who successfully mobilized followers toward the achievement of shared goals. Challenging a definition of leadership propounded by James MacGregor Burns as "inadequate" because it omits the notion of goals in which leader and followers share, Wills offers, in 16 relatively short chapters, accounts of men and women representing an equal number of leadership types. Less determinedly analytical and theoretical than Burns's Leadership (1978), Wills's book nevertheless stimulates reflection, especially about democratic leadership, with thoughtfully drawn portraits and descriptions of antitypes. The latter are individuals with similar characteristics whose failures further illuminate the strengths of effective leaders, as illustrated by Wills's comparison of General Motors's brilliant yet unfortunate Roger Smith with Electronic Data Systems's masterful Ross Perot. Wills invites readers to join what can only be a lively and productive discourse. All levels. R. N. Seidel; SUNY Empire State College