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Wilson

 
 
Author
A. Scott Berg.
Publisher Putnam  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.3 x 1.7 inches
ISBN 9780399159213
Pages/Publication Date 815/2013
Daedalus Item Code 52926
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(Nominated for the 2014 PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography) A hundred years after his inauguration, Woodrow Wilson still stands as one of the most influential figures of the 20th century, as well as one of the most enigmatic. Scott Berg, the winner of a Pulitzer Prize for his biography Lindbergh and the National Book Award for Max Perkins, here gives us a highly personal perspective on his long-time hero. This is Wilson as he might have seen himself, from the idealist determined to make the world "safe for democracy" to the stroke-crippled leader whose incapacity was one of the century's greatest secrets.

"His name is customarily listed in the category of 'great' when historians rank the U.S. presidents. Woodrow Wilson was, it will be recalled, chief executive during WWI. He kept the U.S. out of war in his first term, but in his second, he propelled the country into a conflict that had gone global. Berg ... renders Wilson with an astute, sensitive understanding of the man and his presidency. Berg's research is deep and thorough and—important for a wide readership—comfortably couched in a graceful, smooth presentation. Wilson was unique among presidents in his rise through academe, his pre-presidential résumé including a professorship at and then the presidency of Princeton. His only real political connection before entering the White House was a brief tenure as governor of New Jersey. In the highly dramatic presidential election of 1912, Wilson defeated the incumbent, President Taft, and a third-party candidate, past president Teddy Roosevelt. The Allied success in WWI prompted Wilson to travel to Europe for the peace conference; the first sitting president to leave the country, he was determined to see that a peace treaty would include a charter for a League of Nations. But the U.S. Senate refused to ratify the treaty, the U.S. never joined the league, and Wilson's heart and body were broken. With a year left in his second term, he suffered a stroke and spent the last months of his presidency in seclusion, with his wife, Edith, effectively running the executive office behind closed White House doors."—Booklist (starred review)

 
 
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