Book Review: Wilson by A. Scott Berg

February 8, 2024


Wilson by A. Scott Berg is a biography of President Woodrow Wilson, America’s 28th President. Mr. Berg is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and biographer.

  • 832 pages
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ G.P. Putnam’s Sons
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0399159215

Book Review: Wilson by A. Scott Berg
My rating for Wilson – 4
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I was looking forward to reading this book because I have read contradictory things about Woodrow Wilson. He was either a savior or a criminal, a polished politician or a stumbling professor, a crook or an honest man, racist or a product of the time. The truth is, as always, somewhere in the middle.

Wilson by A. Scott Berg follows Wilson from his birth in Virginia to his meteoric rise as president of Princeton University, New Jersey. Somehow running and winning the New Jersey gubernatorial race, and a short two years later became Chief Executive of the United States and thrust into World War I.

Wilson, it seems to be, was the first modern President. A man who ran the office as a Prime Minister with reform-oriented goals. His domestic legislative successes are very impressive, and his commitment to global peace after winning World War I is admirable.

I have to admit that I thought Woodrow Wilson, the person, was boring and certainly a racist despite his lofty peaceful ambitions. His life, however, was anything but, I’ve read about the election of 1812 in both Teddy Roosevelt‘s and William H. Taft biographies but I thought this book gave me a better understanding of what happened.

On October 1919 President Wilson suffered a debilitating stroke. This started what, I think, is one of the greatest political cover-ups in United States history where the President, who had problems handling basic tasks, actually finished his term with the help of his wife and physician.

President Wilson had an enormous impact on the United States and the world. This book makes it clear what an important part he played even though I found the political analysis a bit short. I thought Mr. Berg masterfully managed to show us the world from Wilson’s point of view, but I never really got to know, or understand, the man or his legacy.

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