Edith and Woodrow: The Wilson White House
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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EDITH AND WOODROW: The Wilson White HouseUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
A carefully researched study of a curious, well-hidden episode in American presidential history.Shortly after the death of his wife Ellen in 1914, newly elected president Woodrow Wilson met and ... Read full review
Edith and Woodrow: the Wilson White HouseUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
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
A FIRST MARRIAGE A WIDOWER A ROMANCE
A great capacity for loving the gentle sex
Among the foremost thinkers of his age
Turn a corner and meet your fate
Anyone can do anything they try to
A new worldfor Edith Galt
There is such a thing as a man being too proud to ﬁght
Is it a League of Nations or a League of notions?
Paris to Washington and back
The preacher and the Brahmin
A different president a different Paris
Wilson suffers a ﬂareback
A Congress frothing at the mouth
Wilsons greatest publicity campaign
The beginning of the deception of the American people
The presidents most trusted adviser Colonel House
Fit for counsel as any man
The awful earthquake
Mary Peck the dear friend he found in Bermuda
A wedding on December 18 1915
P RESIDENT AND MRS EDITH B OLLING WILSON WARTIME
The world is on ﬁre
A peace without victory
Nothing less than war
She knows what her husband knows
P ARIS AND ROUND TRIPS ON THE SS WASHINGTON
Such a Cinderella role
The President says
Lodges olive branch
The Smelling Committee pays a visit
The White House snubs the British ambassador
Wilsons last mad act
Edith Wilson as foremost statesman
Wilson for a third term
Wilson Colby folds
To my incomparable wife
Edith Wilson on her own 192461