US Catholic educator and author. He wrote numerous books on Catholicism, capitalism, identity, and spiritual growth, and became an increasingly more prominent, and outspoken, conservative critic of contemporary trends in US society. His best-known work is The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism (1982).
Early in his long writing career, Novak published a novel, The Tiber was Silver (1961). His other works include The Experience of Nothingness (1970); Choosing Our King (1974), in which he proposed that there should be two presidents of the USA – one with the power and another with the ceremonial role; Joy of Sports (1976); Business as a Calling (1996); No One Sees God (2008); and Social Justice Isn't What You Think It Is (2015).
Novak was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the Gregorian University in Rome (1958) and later taught at Stanford University (1965–68), the State University of New York (1968–73), and other schools.