Review of William Allen White's "Woodrow Wilson: The Man, His Tasks and His Life."
This book was fascinating reading. The writer, William Allen White, at times seemed to be almost writing poetry rather than prose. His prose is insightful, questioning, and as one reviewer stated—in the case of Woodrow Wilson—psychological. Several of the 1924-25 reviews of the book commented on its psychological bent.
It was this characteristic that made the book very enjoyable to read—seeing inside Woodrow Wilson’s mind, but it also raised questions about if the material wasn’t going too far with some of its balanced but very-personal, psychological insights.
Mr. White’s book is a recommended read, but after reading the additional statements made in the overall book review, I think he would say, “You should read Ray Stannard Baker’s masterpiece first: Woodrow Wilson: Life and Letters—and this author would concur. I have learned from the interaction of these two very reputable authors and the works they produced, that access to the subject's personal letters and files when writing a biography is truly important.
Peter E. Greulich, Book Review Summary
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Peter E. Greulich
Peter E. has been studying IBM and early American corporate history since his retirement in 2011. These are his thoughts and musings, and of those whose biographies and autobiographies he has read with links to articles and book reviews on this website.
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