The Story of Woodrow Wilson: Twenty-Eighth President of the United States, Pioneer of World Democracy

The Story of Woodrow Wilson: Twenty-Eighth President of the United States, Pioneer of World Democracy

The Story of Woodrow Wilson: Twenty-Eighth President of the United States, Pioneer of World Democracy

The Story of Woodrow Wilson: Twenty-Eighth President of the United States, Pioneer of World Democracy

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The purpose of this book is to present within a single volume the life and achievements of Woodrow Wilson, with emphasis upon that part of his life which has particular significance now: Wilson's fight for peace, and his pioneer work for world security and world organization.

The author's temerity in adding to the already large number of Wilson biographies may reasonably be challenged. "Why another book about Wilson? Hasn't Ray Stannard Baker said it all?"

Mr. Baker's eight volumes--the authorized Life and Letters of Woodrow Wilson--carry the story only to the 1918 Armistice; they do not include the Peace Conference, the Senate fight, or an account of Mr. Wilson's final years. Mr. Baker covers the Peace Conference in a separate three-volume series, Woodrow Wilson and World Settlement; and Dr. Denna F. Fleming has written a splendid history of the Senate fight in The United States and the League of Nations. We have also volumes of lively personal reminiscence by various friends and relatives, and a number of recent books which deal effectively with some special phase or portion of Wilson's career.

But there exists no one-volume story of Wilson covering the entire sixty-eight years of his life in detail, plus a somewhat detailed account of the Peace Conference, the Senate fight, and, finally, a record of the institution for which he literally gave his life: the League of Nations.

These considerations influenced the writer to undertake the present volume. Old friendships, family ties, strong personal admiration also played their part, and perhaps most of all, the writer's sense of individual indebtedness and gratitude to the League of Nations and the men who administered it, the work she has seen it accomplishing for mankind in many countries.

No one-volume book can include everything, or even all of the important things. I have therefore tried, after briefly picturing . . .

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