NPR 4 THE DEAF: We Hear It Even When U Can’t


Woodrow Wilson, America’s 28th president, left the White House in 1921, after serving two terms, but today he remains a divisive figure. He’s associated with a progressive income tax and the creation of the Federal Reserve. During his re-election bid, he campaigned on his efforts to keep us out of World War I, but in his second term, he led the country into that war, saying we had to make the world safe for democracy. The move ended America’s isolationism and ushered in a new era of American military and foreign policy. A. Scott Berg is the first scholar to have access to two sets of Wilson-related papers: hundreds of the president’s personal letters and the papers of his doctor and close friend, Carey Grayson. Berg’s new book, Wilson, uses those papers to fill in missing pieces of the president’s life. Berg is also the author of a Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Charles Lindbergh. He joins Fresh Air‘s Terry Gross to discuss how Wilson changed the role of president and his groundbreaking decision to enter World War I. MORE