The Presidency of Woodrow Wilson / Edition 1

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Overview

The best of presidents seem to serve in the worst of times, and Woodrow Wilson is no exception. Like Lincoln, Wilson was charged with leading the United States through a war of unprecedented scale. And like Lincoln, he is considered one of the half-dozen best presidents the country has ever had.

From 1913-1921, Wilson grappled with momentous issues: domestic reform, war, and peace. His administration did much to shape twentieth century America-from establishing the U.S. as the preeminent world power to reforming banking practices, from lowering trade barriers to establishing the federal income tax.

The Presidency of Woodrow Wilson is the best one-volume study available on this very productive presidency. Historian Kendrick Clements analyzes the reasons for Wilson's successes and failures in both domestic and foreign arenas, and investigates representative administrative departments to find out how the Wilson administration actually worked. Drawing upon the latest secondary literature and recently discovered medical records, Clements also reexamines the impact of Wilson's illness on his diplomatic and domestic leadership in the last year and a half of his presidency.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Like the earlier volumes of this highly useful series, the Wilson volume summarizes recent scholarship in an integrated and readable fashion. The principal events and issues of the Wilson administration and the way Wilson and his appointees handled each is analyzed and assessed. Clements is sympathetic toward Wilson's goals, but incisive on the counterproductive impact of many of his methods and personality traits. This is a study of an administration, not a biography, and libraries owning recent biographies (e.g., August Heckscher's Woodrow Wilson, LJ 9/15/91) will still want this excellent volume for patrons interested in serious exploration of political and administrative history.--Nancy C. Cridland, In diana Univ. Libs., Bloomington
Booknews
Explores the successes and failures of Wilson's presidency (1913-21) on the war and diplomacy front, and in such domestic matters as banking reform and the imposition of the income tax. Among the sources are some recently discovered medical records. Paper edition (unseen), $14.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700605248
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas
  • Publication date: 3/28/1992
  • Series: American Presidency Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 417,998
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
1 Theory and Practice, 1856-1912 1
2 1912 15
3 Major Domestic Issues, 1913-1916 31
4 The Department of Agriculture 53
5 Industrial Democracy 73
6 Developing a Foreign Policy 93
7 Neutrality and War, 1914-1917 115
8 The War, 1917-1918 143
9 The Peacemaker 163
10 Peace 189
11 After the War 205
Notes 225
Bibliographical Essay 269
Index 291
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