Acclaimed historian and Pulitzer Prize finalist H. W. Brands offers a clear, well-informed, and timely account of Wilson's unusual route to the White House, his campaign against corporate interests, his struggles with rivals at home and allies abroad, and his decline in popularity and health following the rejection by Congress of his League of Nations. Wilson emerges as a fascinating man of great oratorical power, depth of thought, and purity of intention.
This biography of Woodrow WIlson is not the most stunning thing you'll ever listen to, but it has the benefit of being an excellent, concise overview of the topic. Every American should know the story of Wilson, who intended to stay out of World War I, but got drawn into it, and who hoped that at the end of the war he could use his intellect and popularity to create a world of peace going forward. Unfortunately, illness and realpoliltik intruded, and the Treaty of Versailles only served to keep the losers of WW I (notably, Germany) under unpayable financial obligations to the victors, which was one of the causes of WW II. Not the best audio you'll hear, this is a serviceable recording of some important content, which makes it nearly essential listening.
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A pretty sophomoric white wash, glossing over negatives in Wilson's career. Probably great for high school level.