- Publish Date: 2014-09-02
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: A. Scott Berg
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author, a brilliant biography * of the 28th president of the United States.
*Doris Kearns Goodwin
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 Prizewinning author A. Scott Berg has completed Wilsonthe most personal and penetrating biography ever written about the twenty-eighth 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 detailseven several unknown eventsthat fill in missing pieces of Wilsons character, and cast new light on his entire life.
From the visionary Princeton professor who constructed a model for higher education in America to the architect of the ill-fated League of Nations, from the devout Commander in Chief who ushered the country through its first great World War to the widower of intense passion and turbulence who wooed a second wife with hundreds of astonishing love letters, from the idealist determined to make the world safe for democracy to the stroke-crippled leader whose incapacityand the subterfuges around itwere among the centurys greatest secrets, from the trailblazer whose ideas paved the way for the New Deal and the Progressive administrations that followed to the politician whose partisan battles with his opponents left him a broken man, and ultimately, a tragic figurethis is a book at once magisterial and deeply emotional about the whole of Wilsons life, accomplishments, and failings. This is not just Wilson the iconbut Wilson the man.