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Woodrow Wilson (The American Presidents #28)

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A comprehensive account of the rise and fall of one of the major shapers of American foreign policy

On the eve of his inauguration as President, Woodrow Wilson commented, "It would be the irony of fate if my administration had to deal chiefly with foreign affairs." As America was drawn into the Great War in Europe, Wilson used his scholarship, his principles, and the politi
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Hardcover, 192 pages
Published June 1st 2003 by Times Books
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John Kaufmann
Feb 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
Excellent, and brief, introduction to President Wilson. Very little about his childhood, some background about his experience at Princeton and as Governor, but mostly about his years as President. Wilson was the President who gave us the Federal reserve, the income tax, and the Federal Trade Commission, as well as a host of other progressive legislation (child labor laws, etc.). Most of that was accomplished in his first term. In 1914, of course, Europe broke out in World War I. The book then ch ...more
Steven Peterson
Jun 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
Many people ask when they found out that I'm a political scientist: "When has a political scientist ever affected politics?" Frankly, there are quite a few who have done so (think Henry Kissinger, for instance). But, above all, there is Woodrow Wilson. He served as President of the American Political Science Association and wrote a series of works that are still viewed as classics in the study of politics and public administration.

This biography, another of those brief looks at presidents in "T
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Shawn Thrasher
Apr 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Excellent short sketch of Woodrow Wilson; not really a biography per se, more of a political sketch of Wilson and his term with some biographical elements. Brands writes masterfully and powerfully. The last chapters in particular engage the reader. I've read -- or attempted to read - some biographies of Woodrow Wilson that were longer and much, much less influential on my thoughts about the president. I thought some of the ideas that Brands expands upon were quite interesting and well done in wh ...more
Doreen Petersen
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: presidents
Although Wilson was not rated as one of the best presidents I believe his intentions towards bettering the US's international reputation were solid and helped towards the formation of the United Nations. He had his faults to be sure as we all do but this is definitely a book well worth reading.
Robin Friedman
Nov 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Distinguished Professor of History at Texas A&M University, H.W Brands, has a rare talent for writing accessible, and engaging works covering broad periods of American history. Brands has written, for example, biographies of diverse figures such as Benjamin Franklin and Franklin Roosevelt. He has written overviews of the Gilded Age and of contemporary American history which are informative and entertaining. His books about Aaron Burr and U.S. Grant are scheduled to be published this year ...more
Steven Freeman
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography, history
A comprehensive biography of President Wilson. An academic who studied politics and then got the chance to actively participate. A southerner by birth who never came to terms with his racist upbringing. He was also an idealist who foreshadowed the global cooperation to prevent and deter world wars. His League of Nations concept may have prevented World War II if it had been successful. However, a debilitating stroke put him on the sidelines just when his persuasive oratory powers were need to pa ...more
Zach Koenig
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
For a President like Woodrow Wilson, in which so many important events happened to our country during his administrations, this biography could easily be expanded two or three-fold and probably not get overly boring. However, this short little effort is EXACTLY how the American Presidents series is supposed to function (though it doesn't always happen this way).

Basically, this is a free-flowing narrative of Wilson's life, covering such key events as:

-His early years studying to be a lawyer.
-His
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Gary
Mar 04, 2017 rated it liked it
I fairly high level over view of Woodrow Wilson's life story.
Gary Schantz
Sep 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book is very insightful as it does a nice job of pointing out that despite Wilson's flaws as a man (somewhat narrow-minded and a bit on the overly sensitive), he was intuitive. This is particularly understood by his vision for handling of the end of WWI with his League of Nations idea. At the time, it was viewed as bad plan that would commit America to future wars should Europe or any place else erupt into a dispute. However, this was a simplfied view of his idea that failed to understand t ...more
Irving Koppel
Jul 08, 2009 rated it really liked it

Aside from being somewhat sparse on the early years of our 27th president,Mr.Brands has written a very readable,well-annotated work on
the major portions of Wilson's career. He shows how a young man dedicated
to improving his oratorical skills became a much sought-after professor
of Political Science at Princeton University. From that position he became
that university's president. When the state of New Jersey needed a fresh
face for governor, Woodrow was available and electable. In 1912,he went
on
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Henry William Brands was born in Portland, Oregon, where he lived until he went to California for college. He attended Stanford University and studied history and mathematics. After graduating he became a traveling salesman, with a territory that spanned the West from the Pacific to Colorado. His wanderlust diminished after several trips across the Great Basin, and he turned to sales of a differen ...more
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