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Wilson by [Berg, A. Scott]
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*Starred Review* His name is customarily listed in the category of “great” when historians rank the U.S. presidents. Woodrow Wilson was, it will be recalled, chief executive during WWI. He kept the U.S. out of war in his first term, but in his second, he propelled the country into a conflict that had gone global. Berg, author of such highly acclaimed biographies as Max Perkins: Editor of Genius (1978) and Lindbergh (1998), renders Wilson with an astute, sensitive understanding of the man and his presidency. Berg’s research is deep and thorough and—important for a wide readership—comfortably couched in a graceful, smooth presentation. Wilson was unique among presidents in his rise through academe, his prepresidential résumé including a professorship at and then the presidency of Princeton. His only real political connection before entering the White House was a brief tenure as governor of New Jersey. In the highly dramatic presidential election of 1912, Wilson defeated the incumbent, President Taft, and a third-party candidate, past president Teddy Roosevelt. The Allied success in WWI prompted Wilson to travel to Europe for the peace conference; the first sitting president to leave the country, he was determined to see that a peace treaty would include a charter for a League of Nations. But the U.S. Senate refused to ratify the treaty, the U.S. never joined the league, and Wilson’s heart and body were broken. With a year left in his second term, he suffered a stroke and spent the last months of his presidency in seclusion, with his wife, Edith, effectively running the executive office behind closed White House doors. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: A national author tour, radio interviews, and an extensive advertising campaign support the publication of one of the major biographies of the season. --Brad Hooper

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Praise for A. Scott Berg’s Wilson

“[A] breathtaking biography.”—The Boston Globe

“A brilliant biography that still resonates in America today.”—Doris Kearns Goodwin

“Magisterial . . . At once intimate, sweeping, and authoritative.”—Los Angeles Times

“Berg, an elegant, prizewinning biographer whose fluent prose and honest sense of majesty have much in common with Wilson’s own writing, is especially well-suited to his subject.”—The New Yorker

“With the prescience that all truly great biographers possess, Berg discovered in Woodrow Wilson a figure who would understand Washington’s current state of affairs.”—Vanity Fair

“Mr. Berg reminds us of Wilson’s wit. . . . And he reminds us of Wilson’s tragedy. . . . A very good work of history.”—The Wall Street Journal

“Mr. Berg’s Wilson succeeds magnificently . . . It is no mean biographical achievement to have revealed Wilson the man with such delicacy and empathy.”—The Washington Times

“The most personal and penetrating biography written about the twenty-eighth president.”—New York Daily News

“[A] landmark biography.”—Louisville Courier-Journal

“[A] majestic biography . . . Insightful and intimate.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch

“By far the best single study of Wilson’s life and times . . . Berg’s study should remain the standard biography of this tragic figure for a long time.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Should be required reading . . . Berg’s illumination of the president’s humanity is riveting.”—Fort Worth Star-Telegram

“[A] masterly portrait.”—Simon Winchester, The Wall Street Journal holiday gift guide

“An astonishing tale, narrated with moving efficiency and precision by Scott Berg.”—Robert McCrum, The Guardian (UK)

“Penetrating . . . readers can walk away with a profound and unique perspective on the man, offered by one of our most gifted biographers.”—Deseret News

“It has taken nearly a century for someone with Berg’s own, somewhat Wilsonian drive to take the full measure of this singular president whose soul echoes, fitfully, in the professorial aura and singularity of Barack Obama.”—USA Today

“Berg is a masterful biographer; his books on Charles Lindbergh, Samuel Goldwyn, and Max Perkins have received well-deserved plaudits and prizes. Wilson is a comparably rewarding reading experience. . . . An absorbing look at a formative period in American history and a magnanimous appraisal of an uncommon leader whose controversial idealism resounds to this day.”—The Miami Herald

“No previous biographer has told [Wilson’s] story so well.”—The Daily Beast

“Exhaustively researched and wonderfully written. . . . This vivid portrait of Wilson and America has much to offer readers who understand that the world and our nation are still confronting many of the issues that Wilson faced in the White House a century ago.”—Bookreporter.com

“Berg’s research is deep and thorough.”—Booklist (starred review)

“Readable, authoritative, and, most usefully, inspiring.”—Kirkus Reviews

“[An] excellent biography.”—Library Journal (starred review)

Product details

  • File Size: 39380 KB
  • Print Length: 881 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0743206754
  • Publisher: Berkley (September 10, 2013)
  • Publication Date: September 10, 2013
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B1FG7QO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,751 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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