Woodrow Wilson is best known for his service as the twenty-eighth president of the United States and his influence on American foreign policy in the twentieth century and beyond. Yet Wilson is equally important for his influence on how Americans think about their Constitution and principles of government.
Woodrow Wilson and the Roots of Modern Liberalism highlights Wilson's sharp departure from the traditional principles of American government, most notably the Constitution. Ronald J. Pestritto persuasively argues that Wilson's unfailing criticism places him clearly in line with the Progressives' assault on the original principles of American constitutionalism. Drawing primarily from early writings and speeches that Wilson made during his years as a scholar, Pestritto examines the future president's clear and consistent ideologies that laid the foundation for later actions taken as a public leader.
Engaging and thought-provoking, Woodrow Wilson and the Roots of Modern Liberalism gets to the heart of Wilson's political ideologies and brings a fresh perspective to the study of American political development.
Introduction: Wilson, the Founding, and Historical Thinking Chapter 1: Historicism and Wilson's Critique of the Social Compact Chapter 2: The Modern Democratic State and the New Political Science Chapter 3: Beyond the Separation of Powers: The New Constitutionalism and the Growth of the American National State Chapter 4: Congress as Parliament? Chapter 5: The Presidency, the Parties, and the Judiciary Chapter 6: Who Governs? Wilson's Leadership Doctrine and the Question of Democracy Chapter 7: Wilson's Science of Administration Conclusion: 1912 and Beyond
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More than 1 year ago
An intriguing book that is well worth the money. The book tells the true history of Woodrow Wilson that the text books seem to have forgotten. R.J.Pestritto does a great job on explaining how modern liberal ideologies come straight from Woodrow Wilson himself. R.J. documents the origins of Wilson's views, and explains how "The difference between democracy and socialism is not an essential difference, but only a practical difference," as Wilson put it. Pestritto tells the story of how Wilson subverted the ideas of the Founders and the constitution by a new form of thinking now known as progressivism. In all, the book is a well written scholarly piece of work. I recommend this book for intellectuals and people who love to learn real American history. If you seek the truth on the President who greatly influenced the progresses and liberals of today, then this is the book for you.
More than 1 year ago
Its a little frightening to see how our Constitution and founding concepts of our republic were considered to be outdated, and that we as a matopm had progressed beyond individual freedom of men (rights of personal property) to a freedom of man to individual rights that actually take personal property from others. I just love it when people think they are smarter and more moral than the rest of us common folk. I guess that's the result in a "higher education" from elite schools!
More than 1 year ago
There is a Kindle version, but not a nook version. If I can download this for less than 25 dollars, you've got a sale...
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