A very insightful look into the world that shaped Woodrow Wilson's personality. It makes the case that between 1815 when the last battle of the Revolutionary War ended (The War of 1812.) and 1908, the United States was virtually isolated from the European Continent. It wasn't until late in the 1800's that steam powered ocean liners replaced sailing ships. There was no international telephone or telegraph service. News from Europe was slow to arrive in America.
Woodrow Wilson came out of an academic background. He and most of his staff were labelled as pacifists. They wanted to avoid war by negotiating. It wasn't until German U-boats sinking's of ocean liners caused the deaths of so many civilians that the whole country, including the President, began to change their minds about getting involved in the European War as it was then called.
This book traces the changes to Woodrow Wilson as the world changed around him.