Mr. Wilson's War: From the Assassination of McKinley to the Defeat of the League of Nations

Mr. Wilson's War: From the Assassination of McKinley to the Defeat of the League of Nations

by John Dos Passos

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Overview

Beginning with the assassination of McKinley and ending with the defeat of the League of Nations by the United States Senate, the twenty-year period covered by John Dos Passos in this lucid and fascinating narrative changed the whole destiny of America. This is the story of the war we won and the peace we lost, told with a clear historical perspective and a warm interest in the remarkable people who guided the United States through one of the most crucial periods.

Foremost in the cast of characters is Woodrow Wilson, the shy, brilliant, revered, and misunderstood “schoolmaster,” whose administration was a complex of apparent contradictions. Wilson had almost no interest in foreign affairs when he was first elected, yet later, in proposing the League of Nations, he was to play a major role in international politics. During his first summer in office, without any previous experience in banking, he pushed through the Federal Reserve Bank Act, perhaps his most lasting contribution. Reelected in 1916 on the rallying cry, “He kept us out of war,” he shortly found himself and his country inextricably involved in the European conflict.

John Dos Passos has brilliantly coordinated the political, the military, and the economic themes so that the story line never falters. First published in 1962, Mr. Wilson’s War is one of the great books and an addition of major stature to any reader’s library

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781628735130
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 11/01/2013
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 659,761
File size: 55 MB
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About the Author

John Dos Passos was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1896. Upon returning from Europe, where he served as an ambulance driver in Paris and Italy during the war, Dos Passos published his first novel, One Man’s Initiation, in 1920. He completed Manhattan Transfer in 1925 and the hugely influential U.S.A. trilogy in 1936. Dos Passos continued to write and publish novels, biographies, and essays until his death in 1970.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

Part 1 The Search for Peace

1 T.R. and the Youth of the Century 1

2 The Schoolmaster in Politics 30

3 The Silent Partner 57

4 The New Freedom 70

5 The Red Man 87

Part 2 Trying To Be Neutral

6 The Freedom of the Seas 101

7 Neutrality in Thought and Deed 118

8 The Lonely Man in the White House 131

9 Intermediary to the President 155

10 He Kept Us Out of War 166

Part 3 The Birth of Leviathan

11 The End of Mediation 185

12 Organizing to the Utmost 204

13 The Turning Point 228

14 Innocents Abroad 243

15 The Line of Communication 268

Part 4 Force Without Stint

16 To Mobilize the Mind 293

17 The First Blood 309

18 The Kaisers Last Victory 335

19 Ludendorff's Black Day 346

20 To Save the Russians From Themselves 372

21 Tout Le Monde A La Bataille 402

Part 5 Mr. Wilson's Peace

22 The President's Pledge 425

23 The Peace Table 446

24 The Supremest Tragedy 483

Notes on Sources 499

Index 503

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Mr. Wilson's War: From the Assassination of McKinley to the Defeat of the League of Nations 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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A very good account of the war and Wilson's role in it. Trials and tribulations of the League of Nations.
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