Woodrow Wilson: A Biography

Woodrow Wilson: A Biography

by John Milton Cooper
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Woodrow Wilson: A Biography by John Milton Cooper

The first major biography of America’s twenty-eighth president in nearly two decades, from one of America’s foremost Woodrow Wilson scholars.

A Democrat who reclaimed the White House after sixteen years of Republican administrations, Wilson was a transformative president—he helped create the regulatory bodies and legislation that prefigured FDR’s New Deal and would prove central to governance through the early twenty-first century, including the Federal Reserve system and the Clayton Antitrust Act; he guided the nation through World War I; and, although his advocacy in favor of joining the League of Nations proved unsuccessful, he nonetheless established a new way of thinking about international relations that would carry America into the United Nations era. Yet Wilson also steadfastly resisted progress for civil rights, while his attorney general launched an aggressive attack on civil liberties.

Even as he reminds us of the foundational scope of Wilson’s domestic policy achievements, John Milton Cooper, Jr., reshapes our understanding of the man himself: his Wilson is warm and gracious—not at all the dour puritan of popular imagination. As the president of Princeton, his encounters with the often rancorous battles of academe prepared him for state and national politics. Just two years after he was elected governor of New Jersey, Wilson, now a leader in the progressive movement, won the Democratic presidential nomination and went on to defeat Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft in one of the twentieth century’s most memorable presidential elections. Ever the professor, Wilson relied on the strength of his intellectual convictions and the power of reason to win over the American people.

John Milton Cooper, Jr., gives us a vigorous, lasting record of Wilson’s life and achievements. This is a long overdue, revelatory portrait of one of our most important presidents—particularly resonant now, as another president seeks to change the way government relates to the people and regulates the economy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307277909
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/05/2011
Pages: 736
Sales rank: 199,067
Product dimensions: 8.98(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.41(d)

About the Author

John Milton Cooper, Jr., is professor of history at the University of Wisconsin. He is the author of Breaking the Heart of the World: Wilson and the Fight for the League of Nations and The Warrior and the Priest: Woodrow Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt, among other books. He was recently a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Woodrow Wilson 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
KA-Swenson More than 1 year ago
A balanced, soundly researched depiction of an enigmatic, yet underappreciated, statesmen ~ few finer men have held the office of President.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Woodrow Wilson: A biography by John Milton Cooper was a bit of a disappointment. As an average person genuinely interested in Woodrow Wilson’ not only a president but an actual human; this biography fell a bit short. I was fully expecting to find out things I would have never known about one of the most interesting presidents of the United States. This unfortunately did not happen. This is mostly due to the strictly informative nature of the book. Mr. Cooper chose to write in a very factual manner. Cooper spent most of his time detailing Wilson during his presidency, and spent little time on anything other than Wilson in WWI. Yes; this was an incredibly important time of history, but Wilson had a much more extensive resume. Wilson expanded the Sherman Anti-Trust Act with his Clayton Anti-Trust Act. Wilson also had to follow Teddy Roosevelt as a president. Although both of these are covered by Cooper, he hardly goes into depth. Wilson was also a professor of political science, and later the president at Princeton. Again, while stated; Cooper did not seem to find this part of Wilson’s life worthy of his time. It may seem contradictory; Cooper was able to capture most of Wilson’s personality. Cooper e4vealed Wilson’s personality through Wilson’s decision-making process. Cooper did not try to reveal it through anecdotes about Wilson through interviews of Wilson’s friends or the like. Interview or stories about Wilson as a regular person would have been much more appreciated. Cooper tried to capture who Wilson was but did it in too formal of a way. In essence, Cooper’s biography serves its purpose very well. Cooper intended to inform people on Woodrow Wilson, Wilson’s policies, politics, and presidency. If one intended to research Wilson this biography would be incredibly helpful. If one intends to learn about Woodrow Wilson as a person, this biography would be somewhat useless.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the first book on Woodrow Wilson and it did not disappoint. Mr Cooper presented a wonderful biography and I was very impressed with how he was able to make me feel as though I knew Mr Wilson personally.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. Mr. Cooper wrote a highly intelligent biography of Woodrow Wilson. I was so captivated by the history of Wilson, that I made a side stop to visit birth home in Staunton, Virginia. More people should become knowledgeable about this president. He (Wilson) was a very complicated person. The only thing that disturbed me was that he was not an advocate for African Americans. But I suppose this was his southern background. My question would be to historians "Was Wilson a racist". Would love to hear what they have to say.
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I love biographies.