A ort. simple, unbiased book on any subject, designed as a general introduction for young readers and students just beginning their inquiries, can be a most valuable contribution, particularly when it is written by a distinguished authority upon that subject. Dr. Link's present work is such a book, and as such, as far as it goes, it is a very good book. The author of six other volumes devoted to Woodrow Wilson and his period, Dr. Link is Professor of History and Director of the Woodrow Wilson Papers at Princeton University. He has previously published three parts of a ultivolume study of Wilson, two of which won the Bancroft Prize. This Brief Biography avoids all analysis of its subject's ""allegedly complex personality"" because it seems to Dr. Link that Wilson ""was essentially a simple man, whose life and career were united and guided as much by Christian faith as is possible in any mortal in the flesh"". Likewise, comment upon the rightness or wrongness of specific decisions has been kept to a minimum, and footnote documentation has been eliminated. But the author's massive scholarship and intimate knowledge of the life and times of which he writes can be felt throughout, guiding us invisibly like the rudder of a ship.