Woodrow Wilson

J. W. Schulte Nordholt, Author, J. W. Schulte Nordholt, Author, Herbert H. Rowen, Translator University of California Press $60 (575p) ISBN 978-0-520-07444-6
This profound inquiry into the life of the 28th president reveals what kind of man he was, how he came by his exalted ideas and why he failed in the end. Dutch historian Schulte Nordholt focuses on the bitter wrangling at the Paris Peace Conference between Wilson and the other Allied leaders and on the clash between Wilson and the Senate over ratification of the Versailles Treaty and the League of Natons. Acknowledged as one of history's pivotal figures, Wilson is characterized as the embodiment of America's naive idealism, a ``brilliant mixture of vision and delusion.'' Schulte Nordholt argues that Wilson's belief in the reasonableness and goodness of humans--one element of the ``typically American complex of religion and nationalism'' which Wilson called ``faith''--contributed significantly to his failure as a statesman. An excellent scholarly work. Photos. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 09/16/1991
Release date: 09/01/1991
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