The Moralist: Woodrow Wilson and the World He Made

The Moralist: Woodrow Wilson and the World He Made

?Lucid and elegant...On Wilson?s tortured entrance into World War I, [O?Toole] is truly superb...As a study of Wilson?s relationship with Europe, and the intrigues of his foreign policy administration, the book is exemplary.??The New York Times ?O?Toole does full justice to Wilson?s complexities, but it is with the coming of the war that her narrative takes on something clo ?Lucid and elegant...On Wilson?s tortured entrance into World War I, [O?Toole] is truly super...

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Title:The Moralist: Woodrow Wilson and the World He Made
Author:Patricia O'Toole
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Genres:History
ISBN:0743298098
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:656 pages pages

The Moralist: Woodrow Wilson and the World He Made Reviews

  • David Stewart
    Jun 20, 2018
    Wonderfully written treatment of a challenging subject -- it can be hard to read about some of the blunders that were part of the WWI peace process. Wilson was a very flawed figure, with serious health issues, and I'll never think positively about Colonel House again. O'Toole's a wizar...
  • Joseph
    Apr 16, 2018
    The Moralist: Woodrow Wilson and the World He Made by Patricia O'Toole is a detailed history of Wilson's political career. O?Toole is the author of five books, including When Trumpets Call: Theodore Roosevelt after the White House, and The Five of Hearts: An Intimate Portrait of He...
  • Michael Samerdyke
    Aug 30, 2018
    "Real greatness thwarted by much littleness." So said Lloyd George about Wilson. In some ways, the Wilson Administration's legacy is always with us: The Federal Reserve, the IRS, women having the right to vote, America's status as a great power. All these things come from the Wilson...
  • Melissa
    Apr 06, 2018
    I think I have been spoiled by Ron Chernow in that any presidential biography pales in comparison. Wilson is fascinating though and O?Toole did a good job covering the bases. ...
  • Becky Loader
    Dec 27, 2018
    O'Toole is an excellent researcher and writer. I feel as if I have a greater understanding of Wilson after reading this book. ...
  • Susan
    Sep 01, 2018
    I loved this book. I loved the way the author told the story of Woodrow Wilson, the moralist. The author wove that theme throughout the book and, at the end, you are convinced of it. I feel that this president was so firm in his beliefs, so determined to do things the way he wanted tha...
  • Margaret Sankey
    Mar 27, 2018
    O'Toole draws on Wilson's background in religion and personal ethics to attempt an explanation for what seem like deep contradictions--champion of the liberal international order and fierce anti-corruption crusader in New Jersey, but racist to the tune of Birth of the Nation and convin...
  • Woody Curran
    Dec 26, 2018
    This was a great biography from which I learned (re-learned?) so much early 20th Century American history. Getting a short course in America?s involvement in WWI was enjoyable, and seeing the amazing parallels between Presidents Wilson and Trump with respect to how they see themselve...
  • Ann
    Oct 15, 2018
    The Moralist is aptly named. The 28th president was blessed with a sense of morality, but he was probably better suited to exercise it in his former academic occupation than as a politician. Woodrow Wilson had little ability to compromise. Once he believed, not only that his way was ...
  • Rick Theule
    Nov 15, 2018
    For my first go at a book on Wilson, this one was good. It provided the historical facts and details as expected. It lacked a bit in narrative, making it a little disjointed in places. One main stickler for me is the excessive amount of words spent on Edward House. While he was certain...
  • Casey Wheeler
    Apr 28, 2018
    I received a free Kindle copy of The Moralist by Patricia O'Toole courtesy of Net Galley  and  Simon and Schuster the publisher. It was with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and my fiction book review blog. I also posted ...
  • Patrick
    Sep 09, 2018
    Woodrow Wilson was not a very good President. That was the feeling I had going into this book and nothing in the book dissuaded me from that impression. He was physically unfit, he had already suffered two strokes before even becoming President. He lacked the political acumen for the j...
  • Gregory
    Nov 04, 2018
    According to Patricia O'Toole, Woodrow Wilson was defined by a great sense of moral responsibility. For him the question was what ought we to do? For Wilson, the moral force of the USA, was its great source of power and influence of the world. It was not American economic or military m...
  • Sandi
    Jun 30, 2018
    A very detailed book about President Woodrow Wilson ...
  • Matthew Dudley
    Jul 18, 2018
    Couldn't finish it though I suspect that it has more to do with my political leanings and what is going on in other parts of my life. Couldn't agree with the premise that "Wilson did some things that he knew was wrong but felt justified in doing so because he was one of the most moral ...
  • Lynn
    Jun 09, 2018
    This is a very well written and fairly concise story of the life and presidency of Woodrow Wilson. The author makes it clear that while he was in some ways a great man, he was severely limited by his own weaknesses, including a moralistic sense that he was always right and a fiery temp...
  • Gerry Connolly
    Jul 15, 2018
    In The Moralist Patricia O'Toole revisits the presidency of Woodrow Wilson. His inability to deal with critics and those who did not share his vision of world peace crippled him literally and metaphorically. He remains an enigma: a successful progressive, a Dove who turned the fortune ...
  • Bob M.
    Sep 08, 2018
    More than I knew. Glad to have found this well done and documented information about Woodrow Wilson and insider background. Highly recommended by a seminar leader. ...
  • Jean
    Oct 09, 2018
    I have read about five or six biographies of Woodrow Wilson. What interested me about O?Toole?s biography is that she looked at Wilson from his view as a moralist. Wilson is ranked number eleven of Presidential Achievements; Abraham Lincoln, of course, is ranked number one. The ...
  • Jeff Francis
    Jul 23, 2018
    One of the many rewards of reading history is that it tends to place current events into a larger context, i.e., the old adage about studying history: that when we look back, we also look forward. While reading Patricia O?Toole?s ?The Moralist: Woodrow Wilson and the World He...
  • Steve Harvey
    Jan 08, 2019
    The title says it all. MORAL: Wilson was a son of a Presbyterian minister and a rigidly upright man. He was so sure he was right that, at the Versailles conference after WWI, he forced his world view on his reluctant allies, Britain, France, Italy and Japan. (He'd been advised not t...
  • Joseph J.
    May 18, 2018
    This excellent book by the fine historian/writer Patricia O'Toole hits shelves as Woodrow Wilson endures a rough patch in the American conscience. I'm from South Carolina where WW spend his formative years in post Civil War reconstruction Columbia. It has long fascinated me that ideali...
  • Robin Case
    Sep 17, 2018
    Well written, poor President Woodrow Wilson doesn't come out too well. Take the worst part of President Trump and combine it with the worst part of President Obama and you would have President Wilson. Got to feel optimistic after all that. I learned a lot not present in other biogr...
  • Dan
    May 07, 2018
    For me, this is a hard book to rate. As a well researched biography, I would rate it at 5 stars. As a description of a moralist, I would rate it as something less than 3 stars. It might have been better to switch the title with chapter 19 ?Stumbling in the Dark.? That being said th...
  • Joseph E. Prather
    May 24, 2018
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  • Zack
    Jun 12, 2018
    I'm confused by the title of this book. After reading I didn't come to view Wilson as a man with a strong moral compass, but someone who is more of directionally challenged pragmatist. O'Toole attempts to make the case that Wilson tried to end WWI in as an expedient way as possible, wi...
  • Bill Lucey
    Nov 20, 2018
    What's not to like about Woodrow Wilson, statesman and academic, who served as the 28th President of the United States from 1913 to 1921.? He was, after all, a man of high principle, who tried to ?make the world safe for democracy,? and believed strongly in the very tenets of th...
  • Anthony Cleveland
    Jun 05, 2018
    Interesting but rather slow moving. I think the author at times gets "lost" in the details. The work is unnecessarily long but I did learn a number of things about Wilson I did not know. If you have the time, it's worth the effort. ...
  • Porter Broyles
    Dec 14, 2018
    Listened to this book via Audible. When it comes to ranking of the presidents that had the biggest impact on American History, Woodrow Wilson has to be in the top 10. While he won in an electoral landslide, with the exception of Lincoln he had the smallest percentage of the popular ...
  • Marks54
    Sep 24, 2018
    I have working on this one for a while through a few false starts. I read Cooper?s 2010 bio of Wilson and face the same issues I face with O?Toole?s book. How does one address a well crafted biography about a flawed president and a not entirely likeable person? There is a temp...