Saint Augustine, A Life  -     By: Garry Wills
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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: Penguin Books
Dimensions: 5.25 X 8.25 (inches)
ISBN: 0143035983
ISBN-13: 9780143035985
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Pulitzer Prize winner Garry Wills brings the same fresh scholarship, lively prose, and critical appreciation that characterize his well-known books on religion and American history to this outstanding biography of one of the most influential Christian philosophers.

Saint Augustine follows its subject from his youth in fourth-century Africa to his conversion and subsequent development as a theologian. It challenges the widely held misconceptions about Augustine’s sexual excesses and shows how, in embracing classical philosophy, Augustine managed to enlist "pagan authors" in the defense of Christianity. The result is a biography that makes a spiritual ancestor feel like our contemporary.

Author Bio

Garry Wills is one of the most respected writers on religion today. He is the author of Saint Augustine’s Childhood, Saint Augustine’s Memory, and Saint Augustine’s Sin, the first three volumes in this series, as well as the Penguin Lives biography Saint Augustine. His other books include "Negro President": Jefferson and the Slave Power, Why I Am a Catholic, Papal Sin, and Lincoln at Gettysburg, which won the Pulitzer Prize.

Editorial Reviews

"The writing is exceptional throughout—rich with funny and surprising detail." —Chicago Tribune

"A swift and invigorating read." —The Cleveland Plain Dealer

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