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In the tradition of Truman, John Adams, and Team of Rivals, the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning biographer of Charles Lindbergh, Maxwell Perkins, and Samuel Goldwyn sheds new light on a president and his presidency in a way that redefines our understanding of a tide-turning historical moment.

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 twenty-eighth 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.


  • Wilson 81 Chapter16

    Duration: 28min
  • Wilson 82 Chapter16a

    Duration: 21min
  • Wilson 83 Chapter16b

    Duration: 28min
  • Wilson 84 Chapter16c

    Duration: 19min
  • Wilson 85 Chapter16d

    Duration: 27min
  • Wilson 86 Chapter16e

    Duration: 17min
  • Wilson 87 Chapter16f

    Duration: 21min
  • Wilson 88 Chapter17

    Duration: 11min
  • Wilson 89 Chapter17a

    Duration: 26min
  • Wilson 90 Chapter17b

    Duration: 22min
  • Wilson 91 Chapter17c

    Duration: 27min
  • Wilson 92 Chapter17d

    Duration: 21min
  • Wilson 93 Credits

    Duration: 01min
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