THE PRICELESS GIFT: The Letters of Woodrow Wilson & Ellen Ason Wilson by Eleanor Wilson Ed. McA
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THE PRICELESS GIFT: The Letters of Woodrow Wilson & Ellen Ason Wilson

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These letters written by Thomas Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the United States, to Ellen Axson Wilson, will be an astonishing revelation to the majority of Americans who preserve the image of the ll, tired man returning from Europe to fight for his plan for world government. In these letters to his beloved Ellen, whom he married in 1885, is concentrated his deeply passionate, tender and sustaining love for this charming and wise Southern gentlewoman, and it is in this intimate understanding that we see Wilson as a man -- his brilliance, courage, wit and insight. Although the letters touch but occasionally on national and world affairs, there are turbulent youthful letters of courtship during his studies, lectures and writing while at Johns Hopkins; the letters written during separations after marriage (separations always painful to both); the letters during the teaching years (from Princeton mostly) and the period as Governor of New Jersey; and finally the letters written from the White House. All round out a touching portrait of a remarkable man who brought to the Presidency a rugged will and daring vision as well as an unusual sensibility (""How I hate the office (the Presidency) when it holds me off from the people I want to get close to.""). Edited with great skill and loving humor by Woodrow Wilson's youngest daughter, this collection of letters is a must, not only for historians, but also for those who remember President Wilson and those perilous times and for the rest of us who wish more understanding of the men who have guided us in the past.

Pub Date: Nov. 13th, 1962
Publisher: McGraw-Hill