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The Warrior and the Priest: Woodrow Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt (edition 1985)

by John Milton Cooper Jr.

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The colossal figures who shaped the politics of industrial America emerge in full scale in this engrossing comparative biography. In both the depth and sophistication of intellect that they brought to politics and in the titanic conflict they waged with each other, Roosevelt and Wilson were, like Hamilton and Jefferson before them, the political architects for an entire century. All previous efforts to treat the philosophies and programs of Roosevelt's New Nationalism and Wilson's New Freedom have been partial and episodic. Now John Milton Cooper reconstructs in parallel lines the entire range of their ideologies and their struggles--their social identification in terms of class, education, and regional roots; the origins and evolution of their political thought; their party leadership roles; and their psychological characters. After tracking the shared identities of young manhood, Cooper explains the conflict of their mature years that developed from opposing philosophies of government. Not until 1912, when Wilson ran for president, did they come together partially and briefly on common practical grounds of reform of the political process and efforts to curb big business in the public interest. Later, foreign policy in particular pitted them in a deeper conflict that consumed the rest of their lives.… (more)
Title:The Warrior and the Priest: Woodrow Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt
Authors:John Milton Cooper Jr.
Info:Belknap Press of Harvard University Press (1985), Paperback, 480 pages
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2787 The Warrior and the Priest: Woodrow Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt, by John Milton Cooper, Jr. (read 7 Oct 1995) This is a 1983 book by a University of Wisconsin history professor which studies the careers and viewpoints of both men in a very intelligent and discerning way. While Wilson made mistakes in the Versailles handling and afterwards, in general he was the more admirable of the two men. Roosevelt loved war and his run against Taft in 1912 was a sheer ego trip, since he knew the result would be victory for Wilson. This book has some aspects of a dual biography but is really a study. Cooper is a very clear and penetrating writer. He is very critical of both Colonel House and Secretary of State Lansing, saying they undercut Wilson's efforts in key instances. This book was a good one. ( )
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