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Woodrow Wilson's right hand : the life of Colonel Edward M. House /
Godfrey Hodgson.
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New Haven : Yale University Press, c2006.
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xiv, 335 p.
ISBN
0300092695 (alk. paper), 9780300092691 (alk. paper)
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New Haven : Yale University Press, c2006.
isbn
0300092695 (alk. paper)
9780300092691 (alk. paper)
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5868977
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2006-10-01:
Hodgson (Oxford Univ.) provides a provocative corrective to the portrayal by many commentators of the important relationship between President Woodrow Wilson and his informal, behind-the-scenes adviser, Colonel Edward M. House. Basing his work on a wide range of source materials, Hodgson carefully and thoughtfully lays out House's position in the Wilson administration. House clearly had no ambitions to hold public office, operated best when in the background, and understood his limits within this context. He played an important part in Wilson's 1912 electoral campaign and rapidly became Wilson's closest adviser on domestic and foreign issues, often serving as Wilson's eyes and ears in Europe before and after the outbreak of the Great War. The two men had clear ideas on how the conflict must end and the progressive world that they hoped would follow the conflict. The tragedy of Wilson and House is that their vision ultimately failed at the Versailles conference. As his health deteriorated, Wilson ultimately blamed House for the failure, and their intense friendship died at the Paris Peace Conference. This book is important and deserves close attention from anyone interested in the WW I era. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Most levels/libraries. D. L. Wilson Southern Illinois University Carbondale
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"Colonel House, partly by his own preference, was always in the shadows. Now, at last, Godfrey Hodgson has brought him into the light with this biography. It does full justice to a fascinating man and one whose greatest work coincided with the emergence of the United States as a world power."--Margaret MacMillan, author of "Paris"" 1919: Six Months that Changed the World" ""
"Colonel House, partly by his own preference, was always in the shadows. Now, at last, Godfrey Hodgson has brought him into the light with this biography. It does full justice to a fascinating man and one whose greatest work coincided with the emergence of the United States as a world power."Margaret MacMillan, author of Paris 1919: Six Months that Changed the World
�Colonel House, partly by his own preference, was always in the shadows. Now, at last, Godfrey Hodgson has brought him into the light with this biography. It does full justice to a fascinating man and one whose greatest work coincided with the emergence of the United States as a world power.��Margaret MacMillan, author of Paris 1919: Six Months that Changed the World
" Godfrey Hodgson has given us a splendid and long overdue biography of Colonel Edward M. House, Woodrow Wilson' s alter ego and one of the most capable diplomats of the twentieth century. It is an elegantly told tale not simply of a single life nor the fondest of friendships but of an indispensable political partnership forged in the terrible second decade of the twentieth century, a malleable moment not unlike our own when the old world order collapsed and a new world order had yet to emerge." -- Michael B. Stoff, University of Texas at Austin
"Godfrey Hodgson has given us a splendid and long overdue biography of Colonel Edward M. House, Woodrow Wilson's alter ego and one of the most capable diplomats of the twentieth century. It is an elegantly told tale not simply of a single life nor the fondest of friendships but of an indispensable political partnership forged in the terrible second decade of the twentieth century, a malleable moment not unlike our own when the old world order collapsed and a new world order had yet to emerge."Michael B. Stoff, University of Texas at Austin
�Godfrey Hodgson has given us a splendid and long overdue biography of Colonel Edward M. House, Woodrow Wilson�s alter ego and one of the most capable diplomats of the twentieth century. It is an elegantly told tale not simply of a single life nor the fondest of friendships but of an indispensable political partnership forged in the terrible second decade of the twentieth century, a malleable moment not unlike our own when the old world order collapsed and a new world order had yet to emerge.��Michael B. Stoff, University of Texas at Austin
"Hodgson introduces a twenty-first-century audience to an important figure from the Great War era, and in the process illuminates some roots of the difficulties now facing the United States and the world."Gaddis Smith, Yale University
�Hodgson introduces a twenty-first-century audience to an important figure from the Great War era, and in the process illuminates some roots of the difficulties now facing the United States and the world.��Gaddis Smith, Yale University
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This biography of the man who served from 1913 to 1919 as chief political advisor to US President Woodrow Wilson shows his contribution to American foreign policy. It covers his role in Wilson's Presidential campaign, his work in Europe before the war to try and prevent it happening and the breakdown of their relationship in 1919.
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The importance of Colonel Edward M. House in twentieth-century American foreign policy is enormous: from 1913 to 1919 he served not only as intimate friend and chief political adviser to President Woodrow Wilson but also as national security adviser and senior diplomat. Yet the relationship between House and the president ended in a quarrel at the Paris peace conference of 1919--largely because of Mrs. Wilson's hostility to House--and House has received little sympathetic historical attention since. This extensively researched book reintroduces House and clearly establishes his contributions as one of the greatest American diplomats. A "kingmaker" in Texas politics, House joined Wilson's campaign in 1912 and soon was traveling through Europe as the president's secret agent. He visited Europe repeatedly during World War I and played a major part in drafting Wilson's Fourteen Points and the Covenant of the League of Nations. He tried to stop the war before it began, and to end it by negotiation after it had started. His greatest achievement was to lock both sides into an armistice based on American ideals.

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