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Wilson A. Scott Berg Wilson From Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times bestselling author A Scott Berg comes the definitive and revelatory biography of one of the great American figures of modern times One hundred years after

  • Title: Wilson
  • Author: A. Scott Berg
  • ISBN: 9780399159213
  • Page: 211
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Wilson A. Scott Berg From Pulitzer Prize winning, 1 New York Times bestselling author A Scott Berg comes the definitive and revelatory biography of one of the great American figures of modern times.One hundred years after his inauguration, Woodrow Wilson still stands as one of the most influential figures of the twentieth century, and one of the most enigmatic And now, after than a decFrom Pulitzer Prize winning, 1 New York Times bestselling author A Scott Berg comes the definitive and revelatory biography of one of the great American figures of modern times.One hundred years after his inauguration, Woodrow Wilson still stands as one of the most influential figures of the twentieth century, and one of the most enigmatic And now, after than a decade of research and writing, Pulitzer Prize winning author A Scott Berg has completed Wilson the most personal and penetrating biography ever written about the 28th President.In addition to the hundreds of thousands of documents in the Wilson Archives, Berg was the first biographer to gain access to two recently discovered caches of papers belonging to those close to Wilson From this material, Berg was able to add countless details even several unknown events that fill in missing pieces of Wilson s character and cast new light on his entire life.From the scholar President who ushered the country through its first great world war to the man of intense passion and turbulence , from the idealist determined to make the world safe for democracy to the stroke crippled leader whose incapacity and the subterfuges around it were among the century s greatest secrets, the result is an intimate portrait written with a particularly contemporary point of view a book at once magisterial and deeply emotional about the whole of Wilson s life, accomplishments, and failings This is not just Wilson the icon but Wilson the man.
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    1. I have a hard time expressing in words what this book is doing to me There is absolutely no way Wilson 1856 12924, the 28th President of the United States can put someone to sleep It is not dry It is so emotionally engaging that it is literally tearing me apart.I am torn apart not only by what happens to a man, who just happens to be a political figure, but also by the negotiations leading up to the Treaty of Versailles and by the failure of the US Congress to ratify the treaty that was eventual [...]

    2. Woodrow Wilson s rise to power must surely be the most vertiginous of any US leader In October of 1910 he was still a middle aged career academic, who had probably already suffered at least one minor stroke and who had never even run for public office In November 1912, he was elected President of the United States.It was a trajectory that brought its advantages and its disadvantages His total lack of any grounding in practical politics tended, surprisingly, to work in his favour a lot of the tim [...]

    3. First, a confession I am a professional political scientist And Woodrow Wilson was one of the influential early political scientists in American higher education.That said, this is a fine biography of a complex human being There are some idiosyncratic moments in this biography, but overall this book works well.In the course of over 700 pages of text, we learn much of Wilson He was a product of the South, someone whose values were affected by the Civil War His attitude toward African Americans w [...]

    4. Tommy Woodrow Wilson was so many things consistent in his inconsistency, if you will A Scott Berg captures Wilson in a very readable narrative with a flow that was only interrupted by Berg s insistence on using biblical quotes at the beginning of each chapter drawing parallels between Wilson and Jesus annoying the quotes, not Jesus my knowledge.Wilson garnered the most respect from me during his time at Princeton While his ideas didn t necessarily set in, he basically laid the framework for the [...]

    5. I ve given the fourth star to this exhaustive biography of Woodrow Wilson, not because it approaches the greatness of Morris Teddy Roosevelt trilogy or even the recent Meacham exploration of Thomas Jefferson, but rather because it I was given the book as a very thoughtful birthday gift by my children Through Berg s eyes I have come to a higher regard for what I still believe is a flawed president The narrative was able to bring balance to my view of Wilson s ideological inconsistencies from pro [...]

    6. The author was generally flattering of President Wilson but did point out areas of criticism I read the book as a story of a president without concern for two sides of issues and was not disappointed Wilson was a strong and controversial president who, arguably, had the strongest influence on international relations for decades He was one of the great orator leaders with great charisma who used his presence to move his agenda He was also president during a time of great political disharmony, not [...]

    7. It is biographer A Scott Berg s contention that Woodrow Wilson belongs in the top tier of presidents After his presidency, there were those that would compare him to Lincoln and Washington, but over time, he has fallen out of minds and hearts Berg wants to change that He has written a biography intended to exalt Woodrow Wilson back into the Christ like figure he was remembered as shortly after his presidency However, in doing so, Berg too often becomes an apologist for Wilson rather than really [...]

    8. Woodrow Wilson is an historical figure that deserves an updated in depth biography of both his life and times In just over two years he went from a little to somewhat known scholar and university head to the White House During his two terms as president, he took the Progressive baton that Theodore Roosevelt had handed to his hand picked successor, William Howard Taft who arguably didn t know what to do with it and proceeded to lead the country into the 20th Century both domestically and internat [...]

    9. Woodrow Wilson our 28th President started his career out as a lawyer but quickly moved out of that business to get a doctorate degree in history and politics After college he taught at the all women s college Bryn Mawr He later moved to Wesleyan College to teach and finally to Princeton University At Princeton he became the most popular and respected professor Also at Princeton he published numerous articles and essays including a biography of George Washington He became a hugely popular Speaker [...]

    10. The plan was to read chunks of this monumental book 800 pages of text, photos, bibliography, index, notes and skim other parts I was especially interested in finding out how this career academic went from non politician to president in record time And I wanted to read the story of the second wife as surrogate president story, which never seems to be told in a just the facts style.My plan went to pieces right away Practically every page had some fascinating story or event and I found myself readi [...]

    11. Biography is an accessible way to study history, and as biographies go, this treatment of Woodrow Wilson is certainly one of the best I ve read Berg offers a relatively balanced view of our 28th president who had boyhood aspirations of serving his country in a political office A student of U.S and constitutional history, an eloquent writer and speaker, Wilson found a niche in academia, eventually becoming the popular president of Princeton considered a southern university at the time because it [...]

    12. Summary A definitive biography of Woodrow Wilson, that traces the arc of his life from boyhood to professor to college president to U.S president in biblical terms fitting for this deeply religious man.For many of us, Woodrow Wilson is the somewhat tragic figure associated with the cruel peace of Versailles that sowed the seeds of World War II, the unwillingness of Congress to embrace U.S entry into the League of Nations, and the secrets of his final year as president, severely impaired by a str [...]

    13. At the end of this book, Scott Berg describes what propelled him to undertake this biography He says he had read a number of biographies, and none of them captured Wilson s essence.Well, now we can add one to that list.Berg has written, but not quite crafted, a tome that is clearly hagiographic, and in being such, also clearly lacks analysis and depth, despite some 750 pages of body text.I found myself by the end of the first chapter questioning Berg s claims about the depth of Wilson s support [...]

    14. Ooof, this was my first book by Scott Berg, who I understand is a great author So hopefully he will understand my tearing this book a new one, as I am sure he recognizes something went wrong in this one.The book has two main problems One, this book tells you things, rather than show you It reads like a children s encyclopedia entry It says things like Wilson was a very great man, Rather than showing you why he was great Two examples At one point in 1915 Berg writes that lynchings of blacks had b [...]

    15. I would have given this book 5 stars except for two reasons One is the Lost Cause interpretation that the author appears to foster about Reconstruction and the other that there were a few factual inaccuracies One of these inaccuracies was the claim that Jeannette Rankin was a Democrat She was not He was a Republican, although a progressive one Now these inaccuracies don t have any profound impact on the book but they do suggest that the editing process wasn t as thorough as it should have been O [...]

    16. I was going to write something up on this book but all I could think of was that I would never be able to do it the justice of an Arminius review This one is right up your alley, my friend Unfortunately, he has yet to read this one Anyway, I don t typically read reviews comments from others unless they are friends and then only prior to reading the book At my age, by the time I finish the book, I ve forgotten what they wrote anyway sorry guys so at least I m not influenced by it consciously This [...]

    17. bestpresidentialbios 2015 Wilson is A Scott Berg s full scale biography of the 28th president which was published in 2013 Like Wilson, Berg was a graduate of Princeton University He is best known for his 1998 Pulitzer Prize winning biography Lindbergh but has also written about Samuel Goldwyn and Katharine Hepburn.Taking than a decade to research and write, Wilson was sparked by the author s lifelong affinity for Wilson and by Berg s service on Princeton s Board of Trustees Wilson, of course, w [...]

    18. Going into this I knew precious little about Woodrow Wilson I d read a book about the election between him, Roosevelt and Taft, but that was about the conflict between Roosevelt and Taft I knew vaguely about the League of Nations but only that it was the precursor to the United Nations But in my mind it was a historical footnote of no import than a trivia answer like knowing the Articles of Confederation predated the U.S Constitution.This book took me a little while to get into The early years [...]

    19. Scott Berg s new biography, Wilson , offers a readable account on the 28th president, who served from 1913 1921, focusing on his idealism and commitment to public service Besides using the extensive prior writing about Wilson 1856 1924 , Berg draws on two sources of papers that had not been available to earlier biographers the papers of Wilson s physician and confidante, Cary Grayson, and those of Jessie Wilson Sayre, the second of Wilson s three daughters The result is a lengthy book of nearly [...]

    20. This book should be entitled, Everything You ve Ever Wanted to Know About Woodrow Wilson Author A Scott Berg leaves no stone unturned in the voluminous work covering the entire life of the former president You ll know what the New Jersey legislature was up to behind closed doors when the hero was governor of that state, and you ll learn that Wilson had two biscuits and earl gray tea before singing George M Cohan tunes to his daughters in the sitting room.This is one of those big books where the [...]

    21. Woodrow Wilson had the mark of greatness He was a visionary,believing that world peace was a real possibility As president, he achieved great things He created the Federal Reserve Board, reduced tariffs, reformed the tax laws, strengthened anti trust laws, instituted the eight hour workday, and established the Federal Trade Commission He was an outstanding speaker and was the last president to write all of his own speeches He was also a sincere Christian who firmly believed in the Presbyterian f [...]

    22. An outstanding biography on the life of Woodrow Wilson I had never read a book focusing on Wilson, and I feel that I learned a great deal I never knew how many Progressive accomplishments Wilson was able to usher through as President I knew that he often personally went to Congress to make an appeal about an issue, but I didn t realize how often he used this technique, or how effective he was as a speaker He truly was an idealist, but he believed that the world could be a better place, and rathe [...]

    23. This assessment maybe a bit premature as I have yet to read a biography on Nixon, but Woodrow Wilson is the most self serving president I have ever read about Take for example the fact that he cared about wooing his second wife with a style that boarded on creepy then ships that were being attacked and blown up by U Boats And that he reluctantly cut his honeymoon short when an American boat was attacked again Also, if things didn t go his way he took to his bed with a headache The man makes my [...]

    24. New biography of Woodrow Wilson Very well written but definitely a great man history, complete with Biblical chapter headings Berg emphasizes Wilson s idealism, intelligence and effectiveness as a chief executive His long passage on the Paris Peace Conference makes for great reading, with its intrinsic grasp of the personalities and stakes involved He also dwells, perhaps excessively, on the President as drippy romantic, pouring out soppy love letters to his wives and paramours Berger does elide [...]

    25. What surprised and pained me was to realize how the issues that we struggle with today are the same as during Wilson s term in office, 100 years ago Wilson challenged an existing system in which wealth had created unfair advantages in an increasingly predatory corporate world He was faced with environmental problems and labor unrest Although in many ways an idealist, he permitted severe restrictions on free speech Eugene Debs was sentenced to ten years in jail for telling young men they were bet [...]

    26. It was indeed a perilous time through which Woodrow Wilson led the nation The world was imploding as nationalism caught fire around the globe and Europe was falling to pieces At home, the labor movement was raging, fomenting violence and strikes Women demanding suffrage were chaining themselves to the White House fence, and the Ku Klux Klan was on the rise In his sweeping biography Wilson, A Scott Berg captures both the complexities of the man and the transformational era in which he dominated t [...]

    27. I have completed Wilson, the biography of our 28th President, by A Scott Berg Mr Berg wanted to write a biography that captured, the essence of Wilson s character, and in many ways he succeeded.Wilson, a Presbyterian, was a controversial man who tried to seek the higher moral ground in political issues However, he behaved inconsistently much of the time, both in Washington and during the Treaty of Versailles at the conclusion of World War I The biography recorded, documented, and commented on th [...]

    28. I was hesitant about purchasing this book because I had read several reviews indicating that Berg was an unabashed Wilson supporter, whereas I wanted a biography balanced than that of John Milton Cooper, Jr s work from 2009 Unfortunately, the reviews proved correct Berg s biography is even hagiographic than Cooper s was Also, the chapters were long with very few breaks contained within them Berg frequently goes from topic to another without a clear demarcation on the page typically I do not ca [...]

    29. Wilson One word Clearly, author A Scott Berg s veneration of the early twentieth century US president, and the titular brevity of his tome, puts Tommy Woodrow Wilson on an exalted pedestal with a host of others, including Lincoln , Churchill and Caesar.Although not quite a hagiography, Berg s biography is one of adulatory acclaim of a giant of academic and political fame whose expertise ranged from lecturing students to educating world leaders at the conclusion of the Great War about the way the [...]

    30. A Scott Berg has done an excellent job shedding light on one of our most noted and controversial Presidents The work is organized into 4 books , and 17 chapters, all of which have Biblical titles such as Ascension , Providence and Eden And each chapter opens with a biblical epigram This leads me to believe that Berg is saying that Wilson is first of all a preacher s son, and his religious upbringing was the biggest influence on his life And we learn that the next big influence on his belief syst [...]

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