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Woodrow Wilson: A Biography

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The first major biography of America’s twenty-eighth president in nearly two decades, from one of America’s foremost Woodrow Wilson scholars.

A Democrat who reclaimed the White House after sixteen years of Republican administrations, Wilson was a transformative president—he helped create the regulatory bodies and legislation that prefigured FDR’s New Deal and would prove central to governance through the early twenty-first century, including the Federal Reserve system and the Clayton Antitrust Act; he guided the nation through World War I; and, although his advocacy in favor of joining the League of Nations proved unsuccessful, he nonetheless established a new way of thinking about international relations that would carry America into the United Nations era. Yet Wilson also steadfastly resisted progress for civil rights, while his attorney general launched an aggressive attack on civil liberties.

Even as he reminds us of the foundational scope of Wilson’s domestic policy achievements, John Milton Cooper, Jr., reshapes our understanding of the man himself: his Wilson is warm and gracious—not at all the dour puritan of popular imagination. As the president of Princeton, his encounters with the often rancorous battles of academe prepared him for state and national politics. Just two years after he was elected governor of New Jersey, Wilson, now a leader in the progressive movement, won the Democratic presidential nomination and went on to defeat Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft in one of the twentieth century’s most memorable presidential elections. Ever the professor, Wilson relied on the strength of his intellectual convictions and the power of reason to win over the American people.

John Milton Cooper, Jr., gives us a vigorous, lasting record of Wilson’s life and achievements. This is a long overdue, revelatory portrait of one of our most important presidents—particularly resonant now, as another president seeks to change the way government relates to the people and regulates the economy.

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In the first major biography of America's 28th president in nearly two decades, one of America's foremost presidential scholars gives readers a vigorous, lasting record of Wilson's life and achievements.

Synopsis:

Evaluates the parallel worlds of the twenty-eighth president's personal and political arenas, examining his World War I leadership, his failed efforts to bring the United States into the League of Nations, and his contributions toward the creation of the United Nations.

About the Author

John Milton Cooper, Jr., is professor of history at the University of Wisconsin. He is the author of Breaking the Heart of the World: Wilson and the Fight for the League of Nations and The Warrior and the Priest: Woodrow Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt, among other books. He was recently a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

Table of Contents

Tommy — Woodrow — Professor — Bold leader — Academic civil war — Governor — Nominee — The great campaign — Preparation — Beginnings — Taken at the flood — Triumph and tragedy — Irony and gift of fate — The shock of recognition — Second flood tide — To run again — Peace and war — Waging war — Victory — Covenant — Peacemaking abroad and at home — The League fight — Disability — Downfall — Twilight.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307273017
Subtitle:
A Biography
Publisher:
Alfred A. Knopf
Author:
John Milton Cooper, Jr.
Author:
Cooper, John Milton, JR.
Author:
Cooper, John Milton, Jr.
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Presidents & Heads of State
Subject:
Presidents & Heads of State
Subject:
Presidents -- United States.
Subject:
Wilson, Woodrow
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
Presidents
Subject:
Biography-Presidents and Heads of State
Subject:
US History-US Presidency
Subject:
US History-Wilson, Woodrow
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20091103
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
702

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Biography » Historical
Biography » Presidents and Heads of State
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"Synopsis" by , In the first major biography of America's 28th president in nearly two decades, one of America's foremost presidential scholars gives readers a vigorous, lasting record of Wilson's life and achievements.
"Synopsis" by , Evaluates the parallel worlds of the twenty-eighth president's personal and political arenas, examining his World War I leadership, his failed efforts to bring the United States into the League of Nations, and his contributions toward the creation of the United Nations.
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