Edith and Woodrow: The Wilson White House

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Simon and Schuster, Mar 3, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 608 pages
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Elegantly written, tirelessly researched, full of shocking revelations, Edith and Woodrow offers the definitive examination of the controversial role Woodrow Wilson's second wife played in running the country.
"The story of Wilson's second marriage, and of the large events on which its shadow was cast, is darker and more devious, and more astonishing, than previously recorded."
-- from the Preface
Constructing a thrilling, tightly contained narrative around a trove of previously undisclosed documents, medical diagnoses, White House memoranda, and internal documents, acclaimed journalist and historian Phyllis Lee Levin sheds new light on the central role of Edith Bolling Galt in Woodrow Wilson's administration.
Shortly after Ellen Wilson's death on the eve of World War I in 1914, President Wilson was swept off his feet by Edith Bolling Galt. They were married in December 1915, and, Levin shows, Edith Wilson set out immediately to consolidate her influence on him and tried to destroy his relationships with Colonel House, his closest friend and adviser, and with Joe Tumulty, his longtime secretary. Wilson resisted these efforts, but Edith was persistent and eventually succeeded.
With the quick ending of World War I following America's entry in 1918, Wilson left for the Paris Peace Conference, where he pushed for the establishment of the League of Nations. Congress, led by Senator Henry Cabot Lodge, resisted the idea of an international body that would require one country to go to the defense of another and blocked ratification. Defiant, Wilson set out on a cross-country tour to convince the American people to support him. It was during the middle of this tour, in the fall of 1919, that he suffered a devastating stroke and was rushed back to Washington. Although there has always been controversy regarding Edith Wilson's role in the eighteen months remaining of Wilson's second term, it is clear now from newly released medical records that the stroke had totally incapacitated him. Citing this information and numerous specific memoranda, journals, and diaries, Levin makes a powerfully persuasive case that Mrs. Wilson all but singlehandedly ran the country during this time. Ten years in the making, Edith and Woodrow is a magnificent, dramatic, and deeply rewarding work of history.
  

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Journalist and historian Levin (Abigail Adams) focuses on the central role played byWoodrow Wilson's second wife, Edith Bolling Galt, in his second administration, especially during his final 18 ... Read full review

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Contents

Preface
11
A FIRST MARRIAGE A WIDOWER A ROMANCE
15
A great capacity for loving the gentle sex
17
Among the foremost thinkers of his age
26
Turn a corner and meet your fate
40
Anyone can do anything they try to
54
A new worldfor Edith Galt
66
There is such a thing as a man being too proud to fight
74
Is it a League of Nations or a League of notions?
242
Paris to Washington and back
253
The preacher and the Brahmin
268
A different president a different Paris
280
Wilson suffers a flareback
290
A Congress frothing at the mouth
305
Wilsons greatest publicity campaign
319
The beginning of the deception of the American people
337

The presidents most trusted adviser Colonel House
88
Fit for counsel as any man
98
The awful earthquake
111
Mary Peck the dear friend he found in Bermuda
122
A wedding on December 18 1915
139
P RESIDENT AND MRS EDITH B OLLING WILSON WARTIME
151
The world is on fire
153
A peace without victory
166
Nothing less than war
176
Fourteen Points
187
She knows what her husband knows
205
P ARIS AND ROUND TRIPS ON THE SS WASHINGTON
225
Such a Cinderella role
227
The President says
350
Lodges olive branch
366
The Smelling Committee pays a visit
384
The White House snubs the British ambassador
399
Wilsons last mad act
415
Edith Wilson as foremost statesman
428
Wilson for a third term
440
Pecuniary anxieties
455
Wilson Colby
469
Wilson Colby folds
475
To my incomparable wife
484
Edith Wilson on her own 192461
496
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About the author (2002)

Phyllis Lee Levin is a former reporter and columnist for The New York Times and a former editor and feature writer at Mademoiselle, Harper's Bazaar, and Vogue. She is the author of three previous books, including Abigail Adams. She lives in New York City.

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