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Wilson

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By (author) A Scott Berg

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  • Publisher: Putnam Adult
  • Format: Hardback | 817 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 234mm x 48mm | 1,247g
  • Publication date: 9 October 2013
  • ISBN 10: 0399159215
  • ISBN 13: 9780399159213
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 275,798

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Longlisted for the 2014 PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography "With the prescience that all truly great biographers possess, Berg discovered in Woodrow Wilson a figure who would understand Washington's current state of affairs."--"Vanity Fair" "A brilliant biography that still resonates in Washington today."--Doris Kearns Goodwin "From Pulitzer Prize-winning, #1 New York Times-bestselling author A. Scott Berg comes the definitive--and revelatory--biography of one of the great American figures of modern times." One hundred years after his inauguration, Woodrow Wilson still stands as one of the most influential figures of the twentieth century, and one of the most enigmatic. And now, after more than a decade of research and writing, Pulitzer Prize-winning author A. Scott Berg has completed "Wilson"--the most personal and penetrating biography ever written about the 28th President. In addition to the hundreds of thousands of documents in the Wilson Archives, Berg was the first biographer to gain access to two recently-discovered caches of papers belonging to those close to Wilson. From this material, Berg was able to add countless details--even several unknown events--that fill in missing pieces of Wilson's character and cast new light on his entire life. From the scholar-President who ushered the country through its first great world war to the man of intense passion and turbulence, from the idealist determined to make the world "safe for democracy" to the stroke-crippled leader whose incapacity and the subterfuges around it were among the century's greatest secrets, the result is an intimate portrait written with a particularly contemporary point of view - a book at once magisterial and deeply emotional about the whole of Wilson's life, accomplishments, and failings. This is not just Wilson the icon - but Wilson the man.

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A. Scott Berg is the author of four bestselling biographies: "Max Perkins: Editor of Genius," winner of the National Book Award; "Goldwyn";" Lindbergh," winner of the Pulitzer Prize; and "Kate Remembered. "He lives in Los Angeles.

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Praise for "Wilson" "A. Scott Berg's new 800-page biography, "Wilson" (**** out of four), spares no detail. It takes a certain quixotic passion to give us Wilson...with such thorough fact-sifting that we emerge, stunned...Wilson is [Berg's] most ambitious if least sexy undertaking, scripturally dense, a codex that richly explains Wilson's policy revolution while establishing the man's full humanity, his flaws and failings...Berg mines the record in all its complexity and tragedy." -"USA"" Today," 4 star review "Breathtaking...Berg gives Wilson a fresh look, restoring him to the place he occupied - the idealist in politics - before recent biographers wrote him off...Now, thanks to Berg, we know a more fully rounded Wilson." "-""Boston"" Globe" "Mr. Berg is a terrific researcher, and 'Wilson' exhumes hundreds of fresh quotes and details...A very good work of history." -"Wall Street Journal" "Berg tells the story of Wilson, the man, very well indeed...he has a novelist's eye for the striking detail, and a vivid prose style." -"New York Times Book Review" "A splendid look at [Wilson's] life and legacy...In this majestic biography, [Berg] succeeds in capturing Wilson the man as well as Wilson the politician...With the sweep of his narrative, the wealth of his detail, the clarity of his prose and the breadth of his vision, Berg has produced an insightful and intimate work that is likely to stand as the definitive biography of one of the nation's most consequential leaders." -"Richmond"" Times-Dispatch" "For readers coming to Wilson for the first time, Mr. Berg's biography tells the story of this singular man thoroughly." -"Pittsburgh"" Post-Gazette" "Berg is a masterful biographer...["Wilson" is] absorbing." -"Miami"" Herald" "Marvelously detailed." -"Washingtonian" "A work of spectacular artistry and objective workmanship...should be required reading for any course of study that examines Ame