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Despite the bias of the author, I learned a lot about Woodrow Wilson and the history of his time. This book doesn't just cover his presidency, but also his rise to power. The author does a good job of describing the different crisis he faced, both domestically and internationally, and he spends an adequate amount of time describing some of the key players in these crisis. The author's infatuation with Wilson is pretty evident by the fact that even when he tried to show a weakness that Wilson had ...more
After realizing the involved countries expectations of Germany and seeing how demands would be brought to fruition, it is easy to see that Wilson’s goals and his participation in the Treaty of Versailles could never achieve his dream of “peace without victory” because the Treaty of Versailles instituted too many conflicting goals: geographic and financial retribution, German admittance and apology for inflicted moral wrongs upon the world, and also the restoration of Germany to an un-occupied le ...more
A bit dry and erudite at times, it provides some great insight into Wilson's rationale, philosophy, and morality, focusing on their influence in his domestic and foreign policy. Also covers his time as President of Princeton and Governor of New Jersey, positions owed to him by city machine politics. Wilson's devotion to his morality, influenced by Romantic ideas of the past, ultimately failed to mesh with the realities of the industrialized twenty-first century.
John Morton Blum was an American historian, active from the 1950 to 1991. He was a specialist in 20th-century American political history and a senior advisor to Yale officials.More about John Morton Blum...
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