Wilson won re-election in 1916, his campaign running on the slogan, ‘He kept us out of war.’ But he could then betray his anti-war supporters knowing that a rising political coalition – made up, in part, of men looking to redeem a lost war by finding new wars to fight – had his back.
There are hundreds of books about Woodrow Wilson, but I have an image of him in my mind that is unlike any picture I have seen anywhere else, based on material at Princeton and 35 years of researching and thinking about him.
After ‘Lindbergh,’ my publisher asked whom I wanted to write about next. I said, ‘There’s one idea I’ve been carrying in my hip pocket for 35 years. It’s Woodrow Wilson.’
I do not believe that Darren Wilson should’ve been charged, but Brown should not have lost his life. Brown and Trayvon Martin should’ve gotten their butts kicked badly. They should’ve been handled physically, but they should not have been killed.
I read my first book on Woodrow Wilson at age 15, and I was hooked.