Wilson

Wilson

Large Print - 2014
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One hundred years after his inauguration, Woodrow Wilson still stands as one of the most influential figures of his century, and one of the most enigmatic. 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 who incapacity was among the century's greatest secrets, this is an intimate portrait of the whole of Wilson's life, accomplishments, and failings
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2014
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781410466891
1410466892
Branch Call Number: LARGE PRINT BIO Wilson, W 2014
Characteristics: 1,143 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 25 cm
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maipenrai
Aug 06, 2018

I had never read a biography of Woodrow Wilson before. I am getting more informed about WWI history, knew about the League of Nations, Wilson's stroke while in office and the Treaty of Versailles as a major cause of WWII, but I had no real knowledge of this president. He predicted that a vindictive treaty would cause another war with Germany in a generation. (A final installment of US$94 million was made on 3 October 2010, settling German loan debts in regard to WWI reparations.) He was also a very complicated man. He believed in "human rights", but was a racist and segregationist. He regarded himself as a devout Christian, but forgiveness was not part of his personality. If a friend crossed him, that person ceased to exist. He kept Eugene V. Debs in prison for speaking out against the war and allowed a sedition act to destroy the first amendment rights of U. S. citizens. Despite his flaws, I grew to admire the man as I read the book. He wanted all nations to be self-determining and wanted to acknowledge Russia (post revolution) as a sovereign nation. So many things that Wilson wanted to accomplish, e.g. the League of Nations, were voted against by Henry Cabot Lodge and the Republicans simply because of animosity. He helped women get the vote. He was against prohibition ( can we say how to create organized crime? ). He fought Tammany Hall and attempted to remove graft from politics ( like that is going to happen ). I found this to be an excellent biography of a complicated man. Recommend. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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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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