The Presidency of Woodrow Wilson / Edition 1

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"This is simply a superb book, one based on a mastery of the secondary works and wide reading in the primary sources. The chapters on the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Labor are significant contributions to our knowledge of the Wilson presidency, and the author's admiration of Woodrow Wilson does not get in the way of his critical appraisal of the man and his career in the presidency."—Arthur S. Link, Editor and Director, The Papers of Woodrow Wilson

"This is the best one-volume history of the full Wilson presidency."—John Whiteclay Chambers II, author of The Tyranny of Change: America in the Progressive Era, 1890-1920

"I know of no better examination of what a presidential administration actually did-desired, planned, accomplished, failed to do, and unintentionally caused or influenced. This is the best single book on the Wilson administration and one of a handful of best books on any presidency."—John Milton Cooper, Jr., author of Pivotal Decades: The United States, 1900-1920 and The Warrior and the Priest: Woodrow Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt

"Clements probes beneath Wilson's popular, post-Versailles image to show us the greatest legislative leader of the twentieth century."—Richard Norton Smith, Director, Herbert Hoover Library

Author Biography: Kendrick A. Clements is professor of history at the University of South Carolina and Fulbright Professor of History at McMaster University. He is author of a number of books and articles, including Woodrow Wilson: World Statesman and Hoover, Conservation, and Consumerism: Engineering the Good Life.

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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
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 (
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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: 1,394,528
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Table of Contents

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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