Woodrow Wilson: A Biography

Woodrow Wilson: A Biography

by John Milton Cooper
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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.