With a Happy Eye, but...

America and the World, 1997--2002

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About The Book

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Newsweek columnist takes on the presidents Bush, Mr. and Mrs. Clinton, Y2K, 9/11, trickle-down economics, Brooks Brothers suits, the essence of golf, and of course, those damn Yankees.

"It has taken me sixty years to identify the three keys to a happy life," writes George Will. "A flourishing family, hearty friends, and a strong bullpen." The title of this book -- Will's seventh collection of newspaper and magazine pieces, book reviews, speeches, and occasional writings -- is taken from the W. H. Auden poem "The Horatians," which dictates that we look at this world with a happy eye but from a sober perspective.
And so it is with a happy eye indeed that Will shares his vision of America just before and after the birth of the twenty-first century. Featuring five years' worth of observations on politics, current affairs, and international relations, With a Happy Eye But...is a brilliantly diverse collection from America's most widely known commentator at his sober, happy, and controversial best.

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Product Details

  • Publisher: Free Press (September 2, 2003)
  • Length: 384 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780743243841

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The New York Times Book Review A collection of columns by George F. Will, each an exemplar of considered judgment and nuanced expression...their craftsmanship is defined by detail.

Library Journal [Will's] writings are valuable to readers across the political spectrum.

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