What Wilson Did at Paris

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PREFACE

A public man is best exhibited at the critical and decisive moments of his life, when all his forces are engaged to the uttermost. As one looks back along the troubled history of the Peace Conference at Paris there appear clearly five crises, five decisive battles. Each one of them centred upon some point in President Wilson's leadership and arose directly out of the clash between the President's principles and ideals with the interests of other nations or groups of nations.

This small book makes no pretense at giving anything like a complete account of what happened at the Peace Conference: its sole purpose is to present some interpretive glimpses of the President in action, describe the most important battles he fought there, and the kind of foes he had to meet. The President himself can tell what he thinks and hopes--there is no man in the world to-day who is a greater master in the expression of ideas and ideals--but he has no genius for telling what he does. For this reason, Americans have not fully understood the real problems their Pres-

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