H.W. Brands is an excellent writer. I had read his biographies of Ben Franklin, Andrew Jackson and Theodore Roosevelt and I expected a strong biography of Wilson. The book did not disappoint. Unlike his other lengthier biographies, Brands here telescopes Wilson’s life into 139 pages which fits the format of the American Presidents Series. He covers Wilson’s life prior to the presidency in only 25 pages and spends the rest of the book on the complicated years 1914-1920. The amount of material on Wilson’s early life is less than that typically seen in other biographies in this series but it covers the high points. Brands’ presentation of Wilson’s presidential years is as complete as one can get for a biography of this size. The whole book is well-written, easy to follow and keeps the reader interested. This is an ideal introduction to the years of one of the most important 20th century presidents.