"Masterful. In this revelatory book, Robert Tucker provides a wonderful example of how the complexities of the past, long since reduced to historical clichés, can be brought back to life by a scholar of keen eye and penetrating intelligence. This surgical dissection of Woodrow Wilson’s neutrality policies promises to become the standard work on the topic.—Frank Ninkovich, St. John’s UniversityIn this book, one of the most eminent authorities on American foreign policy addresses one of the most important parts of its history.... Through detailed and penetrating analyses of key issues and episodes, Tucker develops a powerful critique of Wilson's diplomacy as self-deceptive with regard to its claimed neutrality and not rationally directed toward the nation's interest in bringing the European conflict to an early end. While critical of Wilson, Tucker also provides a sympathetic and insightful account of his thinking, showing how Wilson's ideal of a new world order grew out of his ultimately unsuccessful attempt to keep America out of the war without sacrificing its international influence.
(John A. Thompson, St. Catharine's College, Cambridge)
About the Author
Robert W. Tucker is Professor Emeritus of American Diplomacy at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University.