Wilson

Wilson

Book - 2013
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Longlisted for the 2014 PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography

"With the prescience that all truly great biographers possess, Berg discovered in Woodrow Wilson a figure who would understand Washington's current state of affairs."--Vanity Fair

"A brilliant biography that still resonates in Washington today."--Doris Kearns Goodwin
  From Pulitzer Prize--winning, #1 New York Times--bestselling author A. Scott Berg comes the definitive--and revelatory--biography of one of the great American figures of modern times.

One hundred years after his inauguration, Woodrow Wilson still stands as one of the most influential figures of the twentieth century, and one of the most enigmatic. And now, after more than a decade of research and writing, Pulitzer Prize-winning author A. Scott Berg has completed Wilson --the most personal and penetrating biography ever written about the 28th President.

In addition to the hundreds of thousands of documents in the Wilson Archives, Berg was the first biographer to gain access to two recently-discovered caches of papers belonging to those close to Wilson. From this material, Berg was able to add countless details--even several unknown events--that fill in missing pieces of Wilson's character and cast new light on his entire life.

From the scholar-President who ushered the country through its first great world war to the man of intense passion and turbulence , from the idealist determined to make the world "safe for democracy" to the stroke-crippled leader whose incapacity and the subterfuges around it were among the century's greatest secrets, the result is an intimate portrait written with a particularly contemporary point of view -- a book at once magisterial and deeply emotional about the whole of Wilson's life, accomplishments, and failings. This is not just Wilson the icon -- but Wilson the man.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2013
ISBN: 9780399159213
0399159215
Branch Call Number: 973.913092 Wilso -B
Characteristics: 818 p. : ill

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noel68005
Nov 04, 2015

Listened to the audio book. Only checked it out to be able to reread certain areas listened to that are difficult to find on an audio book. (Made comment on audio book version)

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howiecat
Oct 03, 2015

I totally enjoyed this book. It presented the complex history of a man who accomplished so much. It also goes into his personal life and what a romantic person he was in his two marriages. It was easy to read and I learned a great deal. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in history.

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fjvalentin
Sep 25, 2014

A remarkable biography about a remarkable man. If only such men existed today.

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StarGladiator
Jul 31, 2014

A puff piece on Wilson, if you like your history served up as so much cotton candy. Yes, indeed, during Wilson's administration the Federal Reserve System was established, as well as the 16th Amendment to collect taxes for the Fed [no IRS then, the taxes went directly to the Fed to pay interest], and the oil depletion allowance, and the financial structure of foundations allowing the super-rich to hide their wealth an ownership therein. And of course, Wilson's advisor and appointed vice-chairman of the Fed, Warburg, had a brother in Germany who also advised their Kaiser Wilhelm and was a director of the German central bank. Wilson took America into World War I for the bankers, and the socialists who had won all those elections during that time were jailed and/or deported thanks to those Palmer Raids and what followed. Regarding his presidency of Princeton: to repeat Gerard Celente: The problem with America is bullets, bombs and banks; Princeton, Harvard and Yale.

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pkirk
Jul 21, 2014

When I was in school, the only thing we knew about Woodrow Wilson was his 14 points. Yes I knew he was once Governor of New Jersey and was the top man at Princeton University but I know little about his terms as president.

Here was a liberal unconnected to congress who brought hi sprestige as a scholar to the White House. Few men have made it to this highest political office in the US with as much intellect as this man. He started the Federal Reserve system. And he brought womens' issues to the forefront. Yes he shrank from civil rights but it simply wasn't time for that.

He had something modern politicians seem to lack - VISION!!

Yes he gave his all for the League of Nations and the Treaty of Versailles. His stroke incapacityated him and though his office should have been taken over by his vice president his wife handled much of the affairs of state during his illness. No she was not the first woman president but came very close.

This is an excellent read. A s Scott Berg is a wonderful writer and his book as usual is well researched/ A great read if your interest is history or biography

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