Woodrow Wilson : A Biography (Signature Series) 1st Edition
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- Publisher : American Political Biography Press; 1st edition (January 1, 2001)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 743 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0945707266
- ISBN-13 : 978-0945707264
- Item Weight : 2.65 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.5 x 1.75 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #239,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It wasn't that the book was poorly written, it just wasn't that interesting. This is something I found very hard to believe since WW was really one of the leaders of the Progressive movement and in a sense laid the groundwork for the U.N. with his plan for a League of Nations.
I got the feeling that the author wanted to be much more critical in his review of some of WW dealings but didn't feel like he had the freedom to do so. All of these Signature Series bios of Presidents that I've read don't get into controversy too much and steer clear of personal issues such as infidelity, character, etc., and that is too bad in my opinion.
The author of this bio alludes to the possibility of infidelity but never really confirms it. He also doesn't address WW handling of the Peace Negotiations with any negative thoughts pointed at WW who is to blame for some of the shortcomings of the Treaty of Versailles. He also doesn't address the disregard for the country's well being when WW's true medical condition was kept quiet for so long by his wife and physicians.
I was disappointed with this book. Probably why it took me soooo long to read it. I wouldn't recommend it and am glad I have put it behind me and will now revisit Wilson in a year or two with the Cooper bio.
I do commend the author for his research and organization. The book was easy to follow from a chronological and subject perspective but just too detailed and not any of the analysis that I would've enjoyed.