With a Happy Eye, but...: America and the World, 1997--2002

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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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GEORGE F. WILL is a columnist for the Washington Post Writer1s Group and a contributing editor of Newsweek. He appears weekly on the ABC-TV program This Week. A winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary, he lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

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Pundits pontificate: it's their job. But few seem to take as much pleasure in pontificating as syndicated columnist Will, a regular on ABC's Sunday-morning This Week. (Who but Will would title columns "What the Remorseless Improvers Have Wrought" or "Hillary Clinton's Insouciant Insincerity"?) Will is also a master at cross-platform synergy: this is his seventh collection, composed primarily of columns but also including commencement addresses and other pieces. (Each essay is dated, but previous publication data are omitted.) Several sections of the collection are relatively focused: "The World" addresses foreign policy; "Justice and Injustice," court decisions and legislation; "Reasonable Doubts," culture and lifestyle; "Contingencies Large and Small," politics; and "Regulating Campaigning," the campaign finance reform movement Will despises. Broader in scope are Will's opening "Overture," whose 28 essays range in subject from patriotism and the marines to the Unabomber, Rodney King, Tiger Woods, and Santa Claus; the section's last five pieces are year-end assessments of 1997 through 2001. Will closes with a "People" section whose subjects include Princess Diana, Hitler, C. S. Lewis, Joe DiMaggio, the late Washington Post columnist Meg Greenfield, Will's father, and Will himself at age 60. A wallow for Will fans but unlikely to convert the uncommitted. Mary Carroll
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