The Moralist: Woodrow Wilson And The World He Made
- Biographies & Memoirs, American History , American Presidents
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Safe for democracy?
“The world must be made safe for democracy,” Those stirring words, spoken by President Woodrow Wilson on the eve of America’s entry into World War I, belie the contradictions at the heart of Wilson’s policy and thinking.
Wilson was an economic progressive but lagged on racial equality. He refused to lead the country into war until he was convinced that Germany posed a direct threat. He presided over the harshest suppression of political dissent in American history. And his vision of a new democratic world order was painfully ignorant of the political realities of postwar Europe.
This penetrating biography of one of the most high-minded U.S. presidents is a cautionary tale about idealism derailed by the perils of moral vanity.
“This splendid biography tells a story of triumph and tragedy—the triumph of democratic reform at home in Wilson's first term and of victory in the war to make the world safe for democracy in his second, but tragedy in his failure to secure a just peace and American participation in the League of Nations.”—James McPherson, author of The War That Forged a Nation
“What a wonderful book. With a sure hand and clarity of thought, Patricia O'Toole has given us a Woodrow Wilson in all his complexity. Fom our role in the world to our views of each other at home, much of our America can be traced to the epic events of the Wilson presidency, and O'Toole tells that story with grace and insight.”—Jon Meacham, author of American Lion and Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power
“The Moralist is a brilliant and vital biography of Woodrow Wilson. With surgical precision O’Toole analyzes Wilson’s intellectual greatness, crippling racism, military cunning, and evangelical fervor aimed at promoting global democracy after World War I. Every chapter crackles with first-rate scholarship.”—Douglas Brinkley, author of Rightful Heritage: Franklin D. Roosevelt and The Land of America
“Can one man use his moral force to change the world? The question seems outlandish but Woodrow Wilson very nearly did. A vivacious writer who digs deep, O’Toole has given us a grand, flawed, fascinating Wilson.”—Evan Thomas, author of Ike’s Bluff and Being Nixon
“By turns eloquent, aloof, incisive, racist, romantic, and, above all, moralistic, Woodrow Wilson dominated political life a century ago. Patricia O’Toole brings him alive, with a cogent mix of propulsive narrative and penetrating insight. This is a fresh and invigorating take on a monumental if flawed president.”—Jonathan Alter, author of The Defining Moment: FDR's Hundred Days
“A skillfully crafted account of the president's life and legacy. . . . a compelling page-turner . . . O'Toole's revelations break fresh ground.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Additional Book Details
|Release Date:||April 24, 2018|