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Penguin Group USA, Sep 10, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 832 pages
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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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Deep research and top-flight storytelling. - Goodreads
Well written with a wonderful insight into the era. - Goodreads
It was long but easy to read. - Goodreads
First, he is an excellent writer. - Goodreads
Berg's writing is quality biography. - Bookreporter.com

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User Review  - Cindy - Goodreads

What a leader! What foresight and deep religous convictions. This was all new to me and I am making my next bio "The Bully Pulpit". What an exciting time in politics. Read full review

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User Review  - Mara - Goodreads

“Tommy” Woodrow Wilson was so many things- consistent in his inconsistency, if you will. A. Scott Berg captures Wilson in a very readable narrative with a flow that was only interrupted by Berg's ... Read full review

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About the author (2013)

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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