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YA A well documented and summarized history in which Clements gives the background for and the moral reasons on which Wilson based his decisions. This easily read and understood book presents Wilson as the first president to hold office once most Americans had become aware of their nation's global reach. Wilson, like those who followed him, struggled to balance the protection of national interests, the rights of other peoples, and the promotion of national ideals in a world being radically transformed by war, revolution, and nationalism. This is a brief but excellent book about the period and about the complicated, far-sighted president who tried to establish the first world government, The League of Nations. Barbara Batty, Port Arthur Independent School District
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An engaging and useful book...a balanced treatment of Wilson's strengths and weaknesses, his triumphs and failures. (Presidential Studies Quarterly)

Deserves to be read...clearly written, well paced, and not afraid to offer opinions of its own. (John A. Garraty Journal of American History)
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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Ivan R. Dee; Revised edition (August 24, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566632676
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566632676
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #438,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Michael H. Ebner on May 29, 2000
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Since 1982 I have been assigning a term paper on the life of Woodrow Wilson that is largely the result of the 69-volume papers of Woodrow Wilson being available. I was always searching for a suitable up-to-date biography--as assigned reading--that would accompany this project. Over nearly twenty years I had tried several, but clearly Clements' is the most successful. Neither overly brief nor excessive in its length, it takes the students through Wilson's life in a comprehensible manner that has proven beneficial to my students. I can recommend this book to anyone who wishes to refresh their understanding of Wilson.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Rolland W. Amos on July 21, 2002
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Kendrick A. Clements "Woodrow Wilson" delivers what it promises -an excellent introductory study of our 28th president - in just 223 pages of text. Some readers may want more intimate details about Wilson and the people in his life; for them there are 11 additional pages of pertinent bibliographical information. Clement's brief book, nevertheless - billed as the 'best available one-volume biography' on Wilson - provides the reader with that essential information that prompts many historians to rank Wilson in the top tier of U.S. presidents. We learn, for example, that Wilson (our only Ph.D. president) was one of just a handful of our truly intellectual presidents - i.e., he loved books and ideas and was a voracious reader of books and a prolific writer of books. He was the son of a Presbyterian minister who'd instilled in him a love of his fellow man and a desire to serve his fellow man. Wilson - like Theodore Roosevelt before him - came to believe that the federal government is an organ that must be involved in helping those unable to help themselves. As president he pushed through legislation that protected workers, women, and children from abuse and exploitaton in the workplace. He believed in the capitalist system and in the prerequisite free market conditions; consequently, he fought against any practices employed by business or industry designed to create monopolies or restrict free competition. As president he felt obligated to be deeply involved in both legislative and executive branch activities - in order to better realize his domestic and foreign affairs goals. Wilson was a decent man with a wide range of significant accomplishments: after acquiring his Ph.D.Read more ›
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Moody on May 7, 2001
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3 and 1/2 stars...An excellent one volume account of Wilson and probably the best analysis of his Presidency and policies that's available. My critique and the reason that it only gets 3 1/2 stars is because this book fails to put you into the early 1900's with Wilson and fails miserably (in my opinion) to give any "atmosphere" concerning that time or especially WWI. Precise analysis of all Wilson's actions are given, but no perspective, so it definately reads like a textbook. Worthwile for historical research, but not for general reading.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By RODNEY KUHN on July 30, 2001
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Woodrow Wilson. Here was a president who put himself in the middle of European power politics in order to achieve the goals he had in mind. This book helps to suggest a man of action and persuasion at a time when most Americans were fed up with affairs that didn't concern them. Woodrow Wilson is regarded with respect, but at the time he was proposig the League of Nations as the answer to the world's problems, he was criticized left and right. We now know that his policies for peace and security were right, and if Wilson was president today, we could be made certain that the world would be at peace. This book, which was written in such a way as to paint a picture of a daring, courageous president, is by far one of the better books on Wilson that I have ever read. I would recommend this account of our 28th president to both the serious student of American Presidential History, and also to the laymen reader. This book is more of an outline of alreay well-known facts, and serves as an introduction into the life of one of our country's greatest presidents.
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Kendrick Clements presents a very good and well organized biography of President Woodrow Wilson. In eleven well written chapters he details and explains the life of this very complicated President. Wilson's life takes many interesting turns, he starts out in life and politics as a die-hard imperialist, his position starts to transform into what he would later call `collective security.' Clements lays this out brilliantly in his Wilson narrative.

The first few chapters focus on his youth and educational background. He was born Thomas Woodrow Wilson, and ultimately choosing to go by the middle name. Wilson would make a career in academia writing several papers on government. In this, his position often shifts, in his first major work,Congressional Government: A Study in American Politics, Wilson describes the American Government as inefficient and desires a parliamentary government, like the government in Great Britain. Although his first major work is a sharp critique of the American system, it was nevertheless was an important study to the American way of government. As time goes on Wilson changes his position and starts studying and writing more positively about U.S. Constitutional government, due to his admiration of President Grover Cleveland. In his last academic work, Constitutional Government of the United States, Wilson wrote a positive piece on American Government based on the presidencies of William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt; he was impressed by the office of the president stating it was as big as the one who occupies it. Wilson would become the President of Princeton University, before leaving to take up politics.

In 1910, Wilson was elected Governor of New Jersey over his opponent Vivian M. Lewis. As the new Governor, Wilson began a process of reform.
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