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Download Book ß Woodrow Wilson World Statesman Ê 288 pages » [PDF / Epub] ☆ Woodrow Wilson World Statesman ✩ Kendrick A. Clements – Wilson's visionary temperament and uick paced leadership made him a uniuely articulate champion of the most essential American values His pJersey and president Tempering the impression of Wilson as a stiff moralist Mr Clements reveals fascinating details of his periodic bouts of depression But the recurrent themes of this balanced and engrossing portrait are Wilson's deep idealism and his drive for leadership The best available one volume biography of our twenty eighth president Nicholas C Burckel History Woodrow Wilson World Statesman deserves to be wid Few American Presidents have been enigmatic than Woodrow Wilson Oddly I see some parallels between Wilson and the eually indecipherable Thomas Jefferson Both men were visionaries yet shared a naïveté that freuently left you wondering “what were they thinking?” when they said X or when they did YKendrick A Clements relatively brief biography of the 28th President is surprisingly complete You get a sense of “Tommy’s” upbringing his education his emergence as a noted educator his brief governorship of New Jersey his early presidency his elevation to being recognized as an international statesman and his tragic descent both physically and mentally While short about 225 pages of text Clements Book is nevertheless complicated The author forgoes the typical chronological approach in favor of a topical structure Conseuently I often found myself trying to connect the dots regarding how what was happening in one facet of his life might have influenced the specific action or decision being describedClements clearly reveres Wilson and there is much to be admired There are numerous lessons in political effectiveness that are worthy of notice However Clements adoration for his subject results in constant euivocation when presenting Wilson’s disturbing blind spots on topics related to race imperialism and eual rights Clements admits failures but annoyingly almost always points out that some other contemporary was racist or excuses behaviors because of Wilson’s health or pressing priorities“Woodrow Wilson World Statesman” is worth reading and really packs a lot of information into a single volume Nevertheless this isn’t the best choice if you only plan to read one Wilson biography

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Wilson's visionary temperament and uick paced leadership made him a uniuely articulate champion of the most essential American values His policies perhaps so than any other president in this century have shaped the world today In this comprehensive biography Kendrick Clements examines the brilliant successes as well as the failures of Wilson's public career as professor president of Princeton University governor of New Kendrick Clements presents a very good and well organized biography of President Woodrow Wilson In eleven well written chapters he details and explains the life of this very complicated President Wilson's life takes many interesting turns he starts out in life and politics as a die hard imperialist his position starts to transform into what he would later call `collective security' Clements lays this out brilliantly in his Wilson narrativeThe first few chapters focus on his youth and educational background He was born Thomas Woodrow Wilson and ultimately choosing to go by the middle name Wilson would make a career in academia writing several papers on government In this his position often shifts in his first major workCongressional Government A Study in American Politics Wilson describes the American Government as inefficient and desires a parliamentary government like the government in Great Britain Although his first major work is a sharp critiue of the American system it was nevertheless was an important study to the American way of government As time goes on Wilson changes his position and starts studying and writing positively about US Constitutional government due to his admiration of President Grover Cleveland In his last academic work Constitutional Government of the United States Wilson wrote a positive piece on American Government based on the presidencies of William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt; he was impressed by the office of the president stating it was as big as the one who occupies it Wilson would become the President of Princeton University before leaving to take up politicsIn 1910 Wilson was elected Governor of New Jersey over his opponent Vivian M Lewis As the new Governor Wilson began a process of reform Wilson established state primaries reformed the public utilities commission and established worker compensation laws to protect ordinary people Wilson was being seen by many as a person who should be put in charge of the entire nationWithin the narrow goals set out by progressivism Wilson was a marked success as governor of New Jersey He and other progressives demonstrated that state government could be revitalized to deal with modern society The irony of his success however was that triumph at the state level made him a national figure and a potential candidate for the presidency The best leaders were thus plucked from the states and thrust upon the national stage where to be successful they had to argue that the very problems they had been dealing with effectively at the state level could only be attacked from Washington The success of state reform movements seemed to doom them and to focus attention on the national government Wilson for one certainly made no attempt to resist the siren's song p73In the famous election of 1912 Wilson defeated both William H Taft and Theodore Roosevelt to capture the presidency The first President who had made an academic study of the presidency before entering it was going to have tremendous success Wilson would be able to get almost whatever he wanted out of the Congress He would create the Federal Reserve and reestablish the presidential tradition of delivering the State of the Union to the Congress in person He would also make a great deal of economic reforms to help low income peopleUnfortunately he also as President issued executive orders that segregated the Federal Government for the first time in history Defenders might point out that he was a moderate when a great deal of the Congress wanted to expel all African Americans from Federal jobs and action that Wilson refused to do However Wilson's actions were harmful to many people and a long term government mistakeYet there were ways in which Wilson's detachment was a liability Because his decisions were based on principal rather than being expedient reactions to immediate problems he spent a great deal of time alone reading thinking and writing Some people thought him cold and aloof He had no social ambitions did not entertain extensively in the White House and seemed to avoid rather than cultivate the social contacts with politicians that are the channels though which a great deal of public business flows though Washington p103In 1916 Wilson would narrowly win re election over Charles Even Hughes under the slogan that he kept us out of the war Wilson however thanks to the Zimmerman note and the sinking of the Lusitania would end up having the United States Congress to declare war The United States spent little time in the war but after is where Woodrow Wilson made his big splash; the Fourteen Points and the League of Nations proposal were historic and unprecedented They would change the very nature of foreign relations for all nations Unfortunately the only major nation that did not join the new League was the United States Wilson had alienated his support at home and his treaty failed to win US Senate ratificationJust as the stroke impaired Wilson's ability to concentrate so it seemed to narrow and limit his mind stripping away his political skills and ability to deal with complexities bringing emotion very near to the surface and intensifying his deep seated tendency to judge all issues as right or wrong On such matters he could be clear and decisive firing Lansing for his disloyalty on the treaty and for encouraging a movement toward intervention in Mexico refusing to see House because he thought the colonel had given away too much in Paris Unwittingly Edith and Dr Grayson contributed to his oversimplification of issues by shielding him from his problems that might be complicated and unpleasant Because like many stoke victims he denied the severity of his own illness Wilson really believed that he was uite himself By 1920 he was even talking about running for a third term to vindicate his stand on the league p216Toward the end of his presidency he had a stroke and was mostly unable to function as the President his wife Edith who he married during presidency after his first wife Ellen had died would to bring papers for him to sign so no one would know of his conditionHis time in his post presidency was very short He did however outlive his own successor Warren G Harding died in 1923 where Wilson lived until 1924 Clements wrote an awesome biography that details all of these events and much I highly recommend this book to anyone

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Woodrow Wilson World StatesmanEly readClements displays a keen eye for anecdote and for telling uotations He shows excellent judgment in evaluating varying interpretations of events and is not afraid to offer opinions of his ownThe book is clearly written and well paced John A Garraty Journal of American History An engaging and useful booka balanced treatment of Wilson's strengths and weaknesses his triumphs and failures Presidential Studies uarter Deadly dull