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Woodrow Wilson Kindle Edition
“Cooper’s monumental new biography seeks to revive Wilson for the 21st century—not simply to narrate a presidential life, but to explain why he deserves our national esteem….An admiring and engaging work of presidential revisionism…. A powerful, deeply researched and highly readable case for keeping Wilson in the top ranks of American presidents.”
—New York Times Book Review
“Wilson comes alive in Cooper’s insightful and important biography…. It’s easy to see why Wilson captures many imaginations. We still want to believe what Wilson believed: that there is a common right, that we can find it, and that it matters most of all.”
“Cooper clearly admires his subject but is not blind to his faults. His is a nuanced portrait of the 28th president…. It also offers lessons for another intellectual professor-turned-president, who combines principle with pragmatism. He, Wilson, and Teddy Roosevelt are the only presidents to receive a Nobel Peace Prize while still in office.”
—Cleveland Plain Dealer
“A noted Woodrow Wilson expert comprehensively examines the life and career of America’s 28th president…. Cooper exhibits complete command of his materials, a sure knowledge of the man and a nuanced understanding of a presidency almost Shakespearean in its dimensions.”
About the Author
- ASIN : B002UM5BGY
- Publisher : Vintage (October 28, 2009)
- Publication date : October 28, 2009
- Language : English
- File size : 2324 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Not Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 738 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #636,899 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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As for the story of Wilson's time: What an amazing yet tragic life he lead. Wilson oversaw so much that makes up America today: Women's suffrage, income taxes, the Fed. And he brought us though the First World War, and a peace conference that remade the map of the world including today's Middle East. Yet his life was ultimately defined by his failure at the end of his presidency to ratify the Treaty of Versailles and bring America into the League of Nations. For a man who accomplished so much, it was heartbreaking to read of his meltdown at the end.
And finally, the story of Wilson's stroke is extraordinary. Before this biography, I knew Wilson had suffered a stroke. But I knew nothing of the severe physical and mental limitations during the last year and a half of his presidency; as well as the great efforts of his wife and doctor to hide his disability. That portion of the novel was fascinating to read.
In sum, an outstanding story. I only wish Cooper was a more prolific writer. I would gladly read many more of his books.
Top reviews from other countries
The book describes Woodrow Wilson’s early days as a child possibly delayed by dyslexia and he’s subsequent academic career that climaxed when he became President of Princeton University and continues to describe in great detail Woodrow’s start in the world of politics and his ascension to Governor of New Jersey and subsequently to President of the United States as a progressive democrat. This book also covers in great detail the role Woodrow Wilson played during WWI in particular his fight to shape and promote the League of Nations.
This is the 8th book written by John M. Cooper covering this period of American and World history and the 4th focusing on Woodrow Wilson. The book is adequately detailed and provides a good starting point for further learning about this period.
I am happy to recommend this book to anyone who, like me, has limited knowledge about this period and the life of one of the most influential politicians of the 20th century.