One hundred years after his inauguration, Woodrow Wilson remains among the most influential figures of the 20th century -- and one of the most enigmatic.
After more than a decade of research and writing, A. Scott Berg discusses his definitive biography Wilson on Thursday, October 3, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
Wilson (1856-1924) was the scholar-president who forcefully led the country through World War I and the idealist determined to make the world "safe for democracy." He was a man of intense passion and turbulence, and a stroke-crippled leader whose incapacity and the subterfuges around it were among the century's greatest secrets.
Besides drawing from hundreds of thousands of documents in the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library, Berg is the first biographer to gain access to two recently-discovered caches of papers belonging to those close to Wilson. From this material, he has added countless details -- even several unknown events -- that fill in missing pieces of Wilson's character and cast new light on his life.
This presentation is part of the Hail to the Chiefs series on the American Presidency co-presented by the Kansas City Public Library and the Truman Library Institute. The series is made possible by Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Legacy Fund grants. The series is co-sponsored by KCUR's Up to Date.
Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event.RSVP at kclibrary.org  or call 816.701.3407.