Woodrow Wilson: A Biography…

One of the items on my bucket list is to read at least one biography on each U.S. President.  I began this journey back in 2003 when I stumbled upon the fine works of David McCullough.

After at least a five year hiatus, I returned to this goal by listening to John Milton Cooper Jr.’s Woodrow Wilson: A Biography.  A fine and complete work.  A few highlights about Wilson…

  • Only American President to also be a president of an Ivy League University (truly a scholar and practitioner)
  • Bitter rival to the popular Theodore Roosevelt
  • President during the First World War
  • Failed attempt at creating (and joining) the Legion of Nations (the precursor to the United Nations)
  • Suffered a stroke during office (and really was not fully engaged or available during the last 1/5 years of his second term)
My favorite Woodrow Wilson quote is when he proposed, “I would rather lose in a cause that will some day win, than win in a case that will some day lose.”  Agree or disagree?
Here is an update on my progress through the list of presidents…
2.    John Adams
32.  FDR
33.  Truman
As of today, I have officially read biographies on 21 of the 43 presidents (Cleveland was in office twice).
Woodrow Wilson: A Biography…

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