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Woodrow Wilson and World War I : A Burden Too Great to Bear

By: Striner, Richard.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2014Description: 1 online resource (312 p.).ISBN: 9781442229389.Subject(s): Political leadership -- United States -- History -- 20th century | United States -- Foreign relations -- 1913-1921 | Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924 | World War, 1914-1918 -- Diplomatic history | World War, 1914-1918 -- United StatesGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Woodrow Wilson and World War I : A Burden Too Great to BearDDC classification: 973.913092 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Contents; Preface; Part I: Foreshadowings; 1 1914; 2 1915; 3 1916; Part II: Nemesis; 4 1917; 5 1918; 6 1919; 7 1920-1924; Notes; Index
Summary: This book is a story of Presidential failure, a chronicle of Woodrow Wilson's miscalculations in war, and a harrowing account of the process through which an intelligent American leader fell to pieces under a burden he could not bear. Historian Richard Striner argues persuasively that President Woodrow Wilson failed his responsibilities as a wartime leader in World War I. With the patience of a prosecuting attorney, Striner presents the facts of Wilson's wartime situation, considers the options that were open to him, explains his decision-making process, and then critiques his failure to engag
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Contents; Preface; Part I: Foreshadowings; 1 1914; 2 1915; 3 1916; Part II: Nemesis; 4 1917; 5 1918; 6 1919; 7 1920-1924; Notes; Index

This book is a story of Presidential failure, a chronicle of Woodrow Wilson's miscalculations in war, and a harrowing account of the process through which an intelligent American leader fell to pieces under a burden he could not bear. Historian Richard Striner argues persuasively that President Woodrow Wilson failed his responsibilities as a wartime leader in World War I. With the patience of a prosecuting attorney, Striner presents the facts of Wilson's wartime situation, considers the options that were open to him, explains his decision-making process, and then critiques his failure to engag

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President Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924) often appears just below the top tier of our former presidents. In the century since his presidency (1913-21), Wilson's popularity has risen and fallen along with the tide of how Americans view the Progressive Era and the advent of an activist government. Striner (history, Washington Coll.), well known for his studies of -Abraham Lincoln, here takes a critical look at Wilson's actions as a wartime leader. The author is unsparing in his criticism of Wilson's lack of preparation for America's eventual entry into World War I and derides him for his naive belief in his powers of personal diplomacy in dealing with the complexity of the Allied cause. Striner concludes that Wilson was generally incompetent when it came to managing America's war effort. Given that Wilson knew he lacked experience in foreign affairs, one may find Striner's criticism a bit unfair. Wilson certainly had his faults, but how much his performance displayed incompetence and how much it simply reflected the remarkable complexity of fighting a modern war is a matter of opinion. -VERDICT This well--written and well-researched book deserves attention in academic libraries but should be balanced with other recent works by John Milton Cooper Jr. -or A. Scott Berg.-Ed Goedeken, Iowa State Univ. Lib., Ames (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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