The Moralist: Woodrow Wilson And The World He Made

The Moralist: Woodrow Wilson And The World He Made

Synopsis

Acclaimed author Patricia O’Toole’s “superb” (The New York Times) account of Woodrow Wilson, one of the most high-minded, consequential, and controversial US presidents. A “gripping” (USA TODAY) biography, The Moralist is “an essential contribution to presidential history” (Booklist, starred review).

“In graceful prose and deep scholarship, Patricia O’Toole casts new light on the presidency of Woodrow Wilson” (Star Tribune, Minneapolis). The Moralist shows how Wilson was a progressive who enjoyed unprecedented success in leveling the economic playing field, but he was behind the times on racial equality and women’s suffrage. As a Southern boy during the Civil War, he knew the ravages of war, and as president he refused to lead the country into World War I until he was convinced that Germany posed a direct threat to the United States. Once committed, he was an admirable commander-in-chief, yet he also presided over the harshest suppression of political dissent in American history.

After the war Wilson became the world’s most ardent champion of liberal internationalism—a democratic new world order committed to peace, collective security, and free trade. With Wilson’s leadership, the governments at the Paris Peace Conference in 1919 founded the League of Nations, a federation of the world’s democracies. The creation of the League, Wilson’s last great triumph, was quickly followed by two crushing blows: a paralyzing stroke and the rejection of the treaty that would have allowed the United States to join the League. Ultimately, Wilson’s liberal internationalism was revived by Franklin D. Roosevelt and it has shaped American foreign relations—for better and worse—ever since.

A cautionary tale about the perils of moral vanity and American overreach in foreign affairs, The Moralist “does full justice to Wilson’s complexities” (The Wall Street Journal).

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Chapters

  • Moralist 01 Open
    Duration: 13s
  • Moralist 02 Author'sNote
    Duration: 10min
  • Moralist 03 Ch1
    Duration: 35min
  • Moralist 04 Ch2
    Duration: 48min
  • Moralist 05 Ch3
    Duration: 29min
  • Moralist 06 Ch4
    Duration: 33min
  • Moralist 07 Ch5
    Duration: 31min
  • Moralist 08 Ch6
    Duration: 31min
  • Moralist 09 Ch7
    Duration: 24min
  • Moralist 10 Ch8
    Duration: 24min
  • Moralist 11 Ch9
    Duration: 24min
  • Moralist 12 Ch10
    Duration: 26min
  • Moralist 13 Ch11
    Duration: 24min
  • Moralist 14 Ch12
    Duration: 21min
  • Moralist 15 Ch13
    Duration: 25min
  • Moralist 16 Ch14
    Duration: 44min
  • Moralist 17 Ch15
    Duration: 33min
  • Moralist 18 Ch16
    Duration: 23min
  • Moralist 19 Ch17
    Duration: 31min
  • Moralist 20 Ch18
    Duration: 35min
  • Moralist 21 Ch19
    Duration: 24min
  • Moralist 22 Ch20
    Duration: 20min
  • Moralist 23 Ch21
    Duration: 47min
  • Moralist 24 Ch22
    Duration: 42min
  • Moralist 25 Ch23
    Duration: 44min
  • Moralist 26 Ch24
    Duration: 27min
  • Moralist 27 Ch25
    Duration: 53min
  • Moralist 28 Ch26
    Duration: 34min
  • Moralist 29 Ch27
    Duration: 33min
  • Moralist 30 Ch28
    Duration: 45min
  • Moralist 31 Ch29
    Duration: 21min
  • Moralist 32 Ch30
    Duration: 53min
  • Moralist 33 Ch31
    Duration: 20min
  • Moralist 34 Ch32
    Duration: 01h02min
  • Moralist 35 Ch33
    Duration: 47min
  • Moralist 36 Ch34
    Duration: 51min
  • Moralist 37 Ch35
    Duration: 24min
  • Moralist 38 Ch36
    Duration: 43min
  • Moralist 39 Ch37
    Duration: 24min
  • Moralist 40 Ch38
    Duration: 40min
  • Moralist 41 Ch39
    Duration: 44min
  • Moralist 42 Epilogue
    Duration: 20min
  • Moralist 43 Credits
    Duration: 28s

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