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When the cheering stopped: The last years of Woodrow Wilson (Time reading program special edition)

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This book laments the collapse of the League of Nations and Woodrow Wilson.
Paperback, 295 pages
Published January 1st 1982 by Time-Life Books (first published 1964)
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Aaron Million
Gene Smith chose a very apt title for his book, as that is indeed what it is about: when things collapsed, in more than one way, for Woodrow Wilson. The book focuses primarily on the period 1919-1924, the beginning of which we see Wilson making a triumphant entry into Paris. He is wildly cheered there and everywhere he goes throughout Europe. But the lovefest ends quickly as Wilson becomes embroiled in arguments and conflict with the other leaders of the Allies concerning the peace treaty to off ...more
Jul 30, 2009 Raymond rated it really liked it
The story of Woodrow Wilson and his presidency - the second term - is among the most dramatic of all stories from the U.S. presidency. Edith Galt Wilson is among the most notable of all First Ladies. Gene Smith's work remains a model for popular historians and biographers. Published in 1964, "When the Cheering Stopped," remains thoroughly engrossing. (Mrs. Wilson actually functioned as President of the United States? Well, yes. In a way. Smith lays out this story better than anyone else ever has ...more
This is the riveting story of what happened when President Woodrow Wilson, at the height of his success, fell ill and had his plans for U.S. participation in the League of Nations thwarted by the U. S. Senate. Very few Americans knew what was happening in the final two years of his Presidency, but Gene Smith's investigations provide the story of what lay behind the bland pronouncements of Presidential surrogates. The resulting biography of the last days of the Wilson Presidency is exciting readi ...more
Sep 03, 2010 Roger rated it really liked it
Very informative book about the part of Wilson's Presidency and aftermath that is not explored elsewhere. A truely sad part of his legacy that he did not let go when he could not function as the President. Would not happen in today's all media presidency. I liked the information on the years after he was President and before his death. Many people still revered him despite the country's rejection of his League of Nation policy in the 1920 election. You hate to wonder if he got ill with today's m ...more
What happens when a President becomes disabled and is unable to fulfill the responsibilities of his position? That was the dilemma in 1919 when Pres. Woodrow Wilson suffered a variety of health maladies including strokes and found himself bedridden and unable to perform his job. His wife and his doctor essentially carried out and managed Presidential duties. Ordinarily the Vice President steps in and carries out the presidential duties – – however Wilson's vice president had no interest in bein ...more
Jennifer Morefield
Feb 28, 2017 Jennifer Morefield rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I knew nothing of Woodrow Wilson. I didn't realize that he was widowed and remarried as he held office. He was grief stricken by the death of his childhood sweetheart. He rebounded and both he and his new wife chose love over anything else. Also, while in office, he suffered from debilitating illness the compromised his ability to lead at times. Despite all of this, he was a good president and a great man. I learned a lot about WWI and the League of Nations. Inte ...more
Mar 10, 2017 Sherrie rated it liked it
Biography of Woodrow Wilson. Interesting insight into the politics of the day. A bit heavy on the political maneuvering details, but it did provide a view of the inner workings of the White House at the time. The workings of government basically came to a halt during his illness, which would never be possible in today's times.
May 28, 2012 Tony rated it it was amazing
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WHEN THE CHEERING STOPPED. (1964). Gene Smith. *****.
Thomas Woodrow Wilson: 27th President of the United States, teacher, President of Princton University, New Jersey state Governor, and historian. This book recounts the story of his last days in a sympathetic and personal way. “His Administration which started in 1913, sponsored a series of reforms and innovations – the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Trade Commission, a powerful antitrust act, lower tariffs, the invome tax, direct electio
Aug 29, 2012 Keith rated it really liked it
Gene Smith’s minutely detailed biographic account of Woodrow Wilson’s last years is far more than just a portrayal of the machinations of Washington politics. It highlights Wilson’s relentless determination to meet his presidential commitment to include America as a member of the League of Nations following “The Great War” and takes on elements of Greek tragedy as he puts his health, his political legacy and ultimately his life at stake. His strong and ethical dedication and what he considered h ...more
Robert Jones
Feb 16, 2015 Robert Jones rated it it was amazing
I like books like this. Ironically, I always learn more about presidents that focus on a small detail in there lives, over ones that try to cover everything in too much detail. When the Cheering Stopped certainly did this, focusing on the debilitating thrombosis at the end of Wilson's presidency... But I think I could have used just a little more information this time. Only a single page is dedicated to World War 1, for example. I still enjoyed the read, and ended up far more knowledgeable on wh ...more
Ed Smiley
Dec 02, 2011 Ed Smiley rated it really liked it
This is touching and astonishing story of the declining fall from the top of the world to invalidism of the President of the United States and of a loving wife's audacious decision to protect her husband--and incidentally run the country, slightly marred by a slight reaching for sentimental effect.

The author does have a marvelous photographic eye for telling detail, one could actually do the art direction sourced almost entirely by the precise descriptions of locations, clothes and events.

Jonathan Haffen
Jul 11, 2015 Jonathan Haffen rated it really liked it
Very good description of the later years of the Wilson administration. Gives a good overview of the personal struggles Wilson had with getting the US to join in on league of nations. Also gives a glimpse into the governmental and administrative chaos ensuing from his illness.

Overall pretty legit book.

Melissa Hedges- Rankin
Jul 21, 2016 Melissa Hedges- Rankin rated it really liked it
Not usually my type of genre, but have to say I enjoyed it. Interesting to see some 'crisis moments' politically and personally for a president I virtually had little knowledge of. Would have liked to have had a little more background information on the first wife. In the past I have experienced historical biographies to be dry, but I found this to book be both engaging and informative.
Apr 30, 2013 LindaJ^ rated it really liked it
Another of the Time Life books that showed up on my door about every month for a few years! It is one I remember enjoying and want to read again, as I now have read a lot more about the treaty that ended WWI and its implications for WWII.
Stacey Becker
Mar 17, 2015 Stacey Becker rated it it was ok
It was a bit slow and dry and boring. But, it was full of facts necessary to complete the goal. It did invoke some emotion as he aged and became ill and unable to do as he used to; anyone that has seen a parent or grandparent go through such a decline would probably be similarly affected.
Sep 22, 2010 Jessica rated it liked it
Also by my father. Written in a differnt time and thus I found it interesting and very accessible, but it left me wanting to know more about the Depression and Hoover.
Jan 08, 2010 Amy rated it it was amazing
My first read on Former President Wilson. Nice overview and very descriptive. Provides good clear explnation on Wilson's foreign policy. Overall a very informative book. One of my favorites.
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