Madam President: The Secret Presidency of Edith Wilson by William HazelgroveThis was a fascinating look at a First Lady few of us know much about. A well written book concerning a time in our countrys history and the reign of Woodrow Wilson, who suffered a disabling stroke while President. Concealed to a great deal by history books and the media, Mrs. Wilson stepped up to the plate to fill in for her husband-- for the sake of his health, legacy, policies and to not further throw our country into even more chaos and upheaval at a critical time in our history. It is truly amazing that she could even attempt to contend with all of the challenges she faced, especially since she had only two years of formal education. This book is especially fitting now, with the upcoming election and a woman who claims if elected, would be the first woman President, and with the revelations exposed in this book, prove that would be untrue. This is a must read of any history lover or political connoiseur. I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
P rior to World War I, the United States had maintained an isolationist approach toward European foreign affairs and policy; the weight of the Monroe Doctrine still tipped the scale of public opinion and attitude. Even the eventual participation of the US in World War I was at that time met with great debate and skepticism on the part of the public and Congress. The nation struggled to reconcile multiple opposing ideologies. Isolationist attitudes existed among members of all political parties at the time. Racial and ethnic tensions remained high; Irish Americans did not want to fight side by side with their historic British foe and German Americans felt betrayed. Most people remained ambivalent; they were optimistic, but resigned. However, speech that threatened to undermine the war effort was silenced.
As we reflect on the centennial of the end of First World War, it's worth remembering that another calamity was just beginning in the Spanish flu pandemic, which killed at least 50 million people, more than twice the number of men who had just been shot, blasted or gassed to death in the trenches. By the time the Paris peace talks began in early , this particularly virulent strain had already infected one third of the global population. As Laura Spinney notes in her new book on the subject, the Spanish flu "resculpted human populations more radically than anything since the Black Death. In a textbook still used today, Principles and Practice of Medicine , the Canadian physician Sir William Osler remarked that "almost every form of disease of the nervous system may follow influenza. Researchers recently used nucleic acid recombinant techniques to recreate the Spanish flu virus genome from the lung tissue of victims long buried in permafrost. Unlike the ordinary flu, the reconstructed strain can directly infect the brain tissue of laboratory ferrets.
Thomas Woodrow Wilson December 28, — February 3, was an American statesman, lawyer, and academic who served as the 28th president of the United States from to , and was the leading architect of the League of Nations. A member of the Democratic Party , Wilson served as the president of Princeton University and as the 34th governor of New Jersey before winning the presidential election. As president, he oversaw the passage of progressive legislative policies unparalleled until the New Deal in He also led the United States into World War I in , establishing an activist foreign policy known as " Wilsonianism. After earning a Ph.
Howard Markel Dr. Howard Markel. Woodrow Wilson may have been one of our hardest-working chief executives and by the fall of , he looked it. For most of the six months between late Dec. Back home, however, the ratification of the treaty met with mixed public support and strong opposition from Republican senators, led by Henry Cabot Lodge R-Mass.