It wasn't "fear of government" but fear of corrupt misgovernment!
Most like Bork of all, his book will no doubt be used by people who agree with him politically to suggest that there is solid historical support for their position.
While Wills is a great writer and makes many compelling arguments, in some areas his logic falls short.
Gary Wills' book A Necessary Evil talks about the long running theme in American Society of distrust of government and why this is a bad thing. Read morePublished on September 3, 2009 by Anders D. Mikkelsen
This is the equivalent of playing baseball with the fat kid who happens to own the bat & ball, when he doesn't get his way he takes his ball & goes home while screaming that he is... Read morePublished on July 26, 2009 by Dan M
Garry Wills teaches at Northwestern University and wrote 21 other books. There is no other background information. Read morePublished on March 30, 2009 by Acute Observer
Garry Wills teaches at Northwestern University and wrote 21 other books. There is no other background information. Read morePublished on August 7, 2008 by Acute Observer
This book is a perfect example why every citizen of the United States should fear the authoritarian left just as much as we should fear the authoritarian right. Mr. Read morePublished on August 23, 2007 by Michael Amper
One must give credit to such a prolific writer as Garry Wills. With such numerous titles, he must be considered more writer than historian and, as such, probably is inclined to... Read morePublished on June 3, 2006 by R. Leslie Turbeville
I don't know where Wills studied history, but he didn't study American History. He has no clue as to what the Constitution says or of the founding fathers reasoning for the... Read morePublished on February 11, 2004 by "hkmp5sd"
What I have never understood is how small the "government is bad" group thinks the federal government should be. Read morePublished on August 19, 2003 by John G. Hilliard
This is a fantastic book. Wills does a great job in discussing the general theories of the different steps people take when they disagree with government policy or action, with a... Read morePublished on September 18, 2002 by Frank