Mr. Wilson's War: From the Assassination of McKinley to the Defeat of the League of Nations

Mr. Wilson's War: From the Assassination of McKinley to the Defeat of the League of Nations

John Dos Passos / Apr 21, 2021

Mr Wilson s War From the Assassination of McKinley to the Defeat of the League of Nations A dazzling work of American history from the author of the USA trilogy Beginning with the assassination of McKinley ending with the defeat of the League of Nations by the US Senate the year period

  • Title: Mr. Wilson's War: From the Assassination of McKinley to the Defeat of the League of Nations
  • Author: John Dos Passos
  • ISBN: 9780385028288
  • Page: 197
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A dazzling work of American history from the author of the USA trilogy Beginning with the assassination of McKinley ending with the defeat of the League of Nations by the US Senate, the 25 year period covered by Dos Passos in this lucid fascinating narrative changed the whole destiny of America This is the story of the war we won the peace we lost, toldA dazzling work of American history from the author of the USA trilogy Beginning with the assassination of McKinley ending with the defeat of the League of Nations by the US Senate, the 25 year period covered by Dos Passos in this lucid fascinating narrative changed the whole destiny of America This is the story of the war we won the peace we lost, told with a clear historical perspective a warm interest in the remarkable people who guided the USA thru one of the most crucial periods Foremost in the cast of characters is Woodrow Wilson, the shy, brilliant, revered misunderstood schoolmaster, whose administration was a complex of apparent contradictions Wilson had almost no interest in foreign affairs when he was first elected, yet later, in proposing the League of Nations, he was to play a major role in international politics During his first summer in office, without any previous experience in banking, he pushed thru the Federal Reserve Bank Act, perhaps his most lasting contribution Reelected in 1916 on the rallying cry, He kept us out of war, he shortly found himself his country inextricably involved in the European conflict Dos Passos has brilliantly coordinated the political, military economic themes so that the story line never falters First published in 1962, Mr Wilson s War is one of the great books.

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        John Roderigo Dos Passos was an American novelist and artist.He received a first class education at The Choate School, in Connecticut, in 1907, under the name John Roderigo Madison Later, he traveled with his tutor on a tour through France, England, Italy, Greece and the Middle East to study classical art, architecture and literature.In 1912 he attended Harvard University and, after graduating in 1916, he traveled to Spain to continue his studies In 1917 he volunteered for the S.S.U 60 of the Norton Harjes Ambulance Corps, along with E.E Cummings and Robert Hillyer.By the late summer of 1918, he had completed a draft of his first novel and, at the same time, he had to report for duty in the U.S Army Medical Corps, in Pennsylvania.When the war was over, he stayed in Paris, where the U.S Army Overseas Education Commission allowed him to study anthropology at the Sorbonne.Considered one of the Lost Generation writers, Dos Passos published his first novel in 1920, titled One Man s Initiation 1917, followed by an antiwar story, Three Soldiers, which brought him considerable recognition His 1925 novel about life in New York City, titled Manhattan Transfer was a success.In 1937 he returned to Spain with Hemingway, but the views he had on the Communist movement had already begun to change, which sentenced the end of his friendship with Hemingway and Herbert Matthews.In 1930 he published the first book of the U.S.A trilogy, considered one of the most important of his works.Only thirty years later would John Dos Passos be recognized for his significant contribution in the literary field when, in 1967, he was invited to Rome to accept the prestigious Antonio Feltrinelli Prize.Between 1942 and 1945, Dos Passos worked as a journalist covering World War II and, in 1947, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.Tragedy struck when an automobile accident killed his wife, Katharine Smith, and cost him the sight in one eye He remarried to Elizabeth Hamlyn Holdridge in 1949, with whom he had an only daughter, Lucy Dos Passos, born in 1950.Over his long and successful carreer, Dos Passos wrote forty two novels, as well as poems, essays and plays, and created than four hundred pieces of art.More detailed information about Dos Passos and his carrer can be found at.


    163 Comments

    1. Of all the works of non-fiction I've read thus far this year, this book has the twin virtues of readability (which, given its size, means a lot) and comprehensiveness. Dos Passos shares with the reader his guiding principle he followed in crafting "Mr Wilson's War", which was as follows: "My method was to try to relate the experiences of the assorted personalities and their assorted justifications to my own recollections of childhood and youth during those years; and to seek out, wherever possib [...]


    2. Great one-volume coverage of the War and the Wilson presidency. Dos Passos managed to make it pretty thorough without being overly detailed.


    3. Wonderfully written. It is a pleasure reading history written by a novelist rather than a historian. I only hope that Dos Passos didn't shade the history to fit the prose. I don't really think he did, but one never knows.For most of the way though the book I was fully intending to give it 5 stars, but there are important issues that should have been addressed but weren't:1) A better understanding of why the the war started in the first place. I know my schoolboy history of entangling alliances c [...]


    4. Very interesting take on President Wilson and partisan politics in WW1Very good historical account albeit it is a tad biased. The authors is descriptive about the players in history he does not like. Theodore Roosevelt is his favorite target in this regard. Other than a few instances it does not affect the flavor of the story and the author seems to speak as Wilson. The impact of his second wife and how history may have been changed had his first wife lived is a compelling story to ponder as wel [...]


    5. John Dos Passos is known for his U.S.A. Trilogy, which, if you haven't read, do so now. It is brilliant.This book is his history of the events that lead to WW I--calling it Mr. Wilson's War seems unfair and I'm not sure Dos Passos makes that case. However, it's a great review of the period leading to Wilson's election, his attempts to keep the US out of the war, and his eventual realization that we needed to fight, and of course the disappointment of the League of Nations as well as the disaster [...]


    6. Written in 1962, this is an older, more conservative Dos Passos than the idealistic writer of the USA Trilogy. Indeed, it is interesting to compare and contrast his treatment of such factors as the Socialist and Communist parties, Eugene Debs and the Industrial Workers of the World. Here the 'hero' is Thomas Woodrow Wilson in what amounts to a biography cum history. This is not to say that Dos Passos is oblivious to the President's flaws--he did, after all, jail many of the author's early heroes [...]


    7. This is the most interesting book I have ever read about WWI. Most books about this war focus on the horrible conditions faced by the soldiers and the ungodly body counts. This book has some gore, but spends most of its efforts on the politics and the actions of Woodrow Wilson. I had never read a book from this point of view, so all I got was an overview in class. This book was fascinating. I can only be glad that Wilson died before Hitler and WWII. This would have killed him, certainly.


    8. Author John Dos Passos provides the reader with a lengthy and tedious volume of information describing how the US got involved in World War I and the lengthy and tiresome discussion of the negotiations which culminated in the Treaty of Versailles, which ended the war. I will avoid other works from this author in the future.


    9. Comprehensive HistoryThis account covers a period of history from McKinley's assassination to the defeat of the League of Nations in the U.S. Senate. It covers a lot of history and personalities surrounding Woodrow Wilson. It glosses over the creation of the Federal Reserve, but there are plenty of other books on that subject.


    10. In lucid, at times lyrical, prose, John Dos Passos narrates American history from the Assassination of President McKinley to the death of former President Wilson dwells in great detail on America's role in the 1st World War and the tragedy of the Versailles Peace well worth reading, especially when combined with "When the Cheering Stopped"


    11. Very readable and opinionated. If you're only going to read one book about WWI and you want the American perspective, this is the one.


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