Wilson's visionary temperament and quick-paced leadership made him a uniquely articulate champion of the most essential American values. His policies, perhaps more so than any other president in the twentieth century, have shaped the world today. In this comprehensive biography, Kendrick Clements examines the brilliant successes as well as the failures of Wilson's public career as professor, president of Princeton University, governor of New Jersey, and president. Tempering the impression of Wilson as a stiff moralist, Clements reveals fascinating details of his periodic bouts of depression. But the recurrent themes of this balanced portrait are Wilson's deep idealism and his drive for leadership.
Kendrick A. Clements is professor of history at the University of South Carolina. He has also written William Jennings Bryan and has edited James F. Byrnes and the Origins of the Cold War.