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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 01 Open

    Duration: 43s
  • Wilson 02 Chapter1

    Duration: 27min
  • Wilson 03 Chapter1b

    Duration: 28min
  • Wilson 04 Chapter2

    Duration: 18min
  • Wilson 05 Chapter2a

    Duration: 22min
  • Wilson 06 Chapter2b

    Duration: 26min
  • Wilson 07 Chapter3

    Duration: 27min
  • Wilson 08 Chapter3a

    Duration: 16min
  • Wilson 09 Chapter3b

    Duration: 16min
  • Wilson 10 Chapter4

    Duration: 23min
  • Wilson 11 Chapter4a

    Duration: 21min
  • Wilson 12 Chapter4b

    Duration: 22min
  • Wilson 13 Chapter4c

    Duration: 25min
  • Wilson 14 Chapter4d

    Duration: 14min
  • Wilson 15 Chapter5

    Duration: 11min
  • Wilson 16 Chapter5a

    Duration: 27min
  • Wilson 17 Chapter5b

    Duration: 27min
  • Wilson 18 Chapter5c

    Duration: 21min
  • Wilson 19 Chapter6

    Duration: 24min
  • Wilson 20 Chapter6a

    Duration: 27min
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