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Looking for Woodrow Wilson biography

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Ronald Pestritto's Woodrow Wilson and the Roots of Modern Liberalism emphasizes Wilson's ideology as a progressive, which you are probably interested in rather than biographical adulation without regard to Wilson's political principles or a worse whitewash. Glenn Beck recommended Pestritto and his book on Wilson a few years ago when he was exposing the nature of progressivism and its history. Pestritto is on the faculty at the conservative Hillsdale College.

Pestritto also coauthored American Progressivism: A Reader on original sources.

Jonathan Goldberg's book Liberal Fascism also emphasizes Woodrow Wilson and his role in progressivism.

These are on my list of reading and I haven't gotten to them yet myself so I can't say much more about them, but they look like a good place for you to start both for the biographical emphasis on Wilson and the context in which he played a major role. Be sure to read a stock liberal account, also, both to see what of importance may otherwise be left out that you may want to know about and to see what they present as a supposedly "neutral" account and how it has influenced prevailing opinion.

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It's been a long time since Dr Peikoff's radio show. I still, however, remember him saying that Wilson thought WWI would do a spoiled, self-invovled America some good -- chilling (only a Humanities PhD . . . )

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Ronald Pestritto's Woodrow Wilson and the Roots of Modern Liberalism emphasizes Wilson's ideology as a progressive, which you are probably interested in rather than biographical adulation without regard to Wilson's political principles or a worse whitewash.

The book is currently selling at ~$108 for the hardcover, ~$35 for the paperback at Amazon, bookfinder.com, etc. Half.com has the paperback for ~$25.

I've been meaning to order Liberal Fascism for some time now. Today's the day . . .

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Pipes on Liberal Fascism:

First, he offers a "secret history of the American left":

  • Woodrow Wilson's Progressivism featured a "militaristic, fanatically nationalist, imperialist, racist" program, enabled by the exigencies of World War I.
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt's "fascist New Deal" built on and extended Wilson's government.
  • Lyndon B. Johnson's Great Society established the modern welfare state, "the ultimate fruition" (so far) of this statist tradition.
  • The youthful New Left revolutionaries of the 1960s brought about "an Americanized updating" of the European Old Right.
  • Hillary Clinton hopes "to insert the state deep into family life," an essential step of the totalitarian project.

To sum up a near-century of history, if the American political system traditionally encouraged the pursuit of happiness, "more and more of us want to stop chasing it and have it delivered."

Second, Goldberg dissects American liberal programs – racial, economic, environmental, even the "cult of the organic" – and shows their affinities to those of Mussolini and Hitler.

If this summary sounds mind-numbingly implausible, read Liberal Fascism in full for its colorful quotes and convincing documentation. The author, hitherto known as a smart, sharp-elbowed polemicist, has proven himself a major political thinker.

Beyond offering a radically different way to understand modern politics, in which fascist is no more a slander than socialist, Goldberg's extraordinary book provides conservatives with the tools to reply to their liberal tormentors and eventually go on the offensive. If liberals can eternally raise the specter of Joseph McCarthy, conservatives can counter with that of Benito Mussolini.

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Every time I think upon Woodrow Wilson my blood pressure goes up a bit. It was bad enough that he got us involved in the Great War and it was worse that he was instrumental in imposing an unjust peace on Germany that made the rise of either Fascism of Communism in Germany a virtual certainty. WW2 has Woodrow Wilson's fingerprints all over it.

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