Woodrow Wilson: The Last Romantic


Mary Stockwell
Lourdes College, Sylvania, Ohio, USA

Series: First Men, America’s Presidents

While most biographers paint Woodrow Wilson as an uncompromising intellectual who failed to win America’s entrance into the League of Nations, Mary Stockwell”s book portrays our 28th President as a man shaped first and foremost by his emotions and his imagination. From the time he first played that he was a great hero chasing pirates on the imaginary seas of his childhood until he fell from grace along with his failed league, Woodrow Wilson was, above all else, a romantic.

He believed if he could imagine the best possible future for all mankind, then he need only sail forth toward it and surely everyone would follow him. It was this spirit that led him first into the law, then academics, and finally politics. This same spirit helped him craft a vision of democracy as a noble enterprise whose ideals must be practiced in all phases of modern life. To understand our world today, we must understand the vision that made it. To understand this vision, we must seek out the man who first dreamt it. That man was Woodrow Wilson, the “last romantic” to dream that a better world was possible simply by imagining it. (Imprint: )

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


The Image of a Man

Chapter 1. A Child of War and Dreams, pp. 1-24

Chapter 2. A Student at Princeton, pp. 25-50

Chapter 3. Lessons from Law and Life, pp. 51-74

Chapter 4. The Season of Preparation, pp. 75-103

Chapter 5. “When a Man Comes to Himself”, pp. 105-130

Chapter 6. The Voice of Democracy, pp. 133-159

Chapter 7. The Road to the New Freedom, pp. 161-198

Chapter 8. “Let the People Come Forward”, pp. 199-238

Chapter 9. The Shadows of War and Death, pp. 239-280

Chapter 10. A Dream Runs Aground, pp. 281-323

Epilogue:, pp. 325-332
“Crossing the Bar”

Bibliography, pp. 333-335


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