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September 8, 2013
A. Scott Berg
Author, "Wilson"
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A. Scott Berg was born in Norwalk, Connecticut and raised in Los Angeles, California. He graduated from Princeton University in 1971. In 1980, he was awarded the National Book Award for Biography for his book “Max Perkins: Editor of Genius.” He received the Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography in 1998 for “Lindbergh.” This is his fifth book. Berg lives in Los Angeles.

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Info: Our guest is Pulitzer prize-winning author, A. Scott Berg. He discusses his latest work, the newly released biography of President Woodrow Wilson titled, “Wilson.” Berg points out that 2013 is the 100th anniversary of Wilson’s inauguration as the nation’s 28th President. He suggests that many of the programs that Wilson initiated are with us today, including the Federal Reserve System and ultimately, the United Nations. He notes that Wilson was the only President to have earned a Ph.D., and he had an unparalleled “meteoric rise” in politics to become chief executive. Berg states that Wilson was a racist and he describes it as the most regressive aspect of Wilson’s otherwise progressive thinking. He describes the President’s 13 physical breakdowns or collapses dating back to his youth. He outlines Wilson’s precarious health, including the loss of sight in one eye and the small strokes he experienced throughout his life. He describes young Wilson’s courtship and marriage to his first wife, Ellen and the impact her death had on him in 1914. Wilson’s second wife Edith is discussed, as well as her role in running the government when Woodrow suffered a severe stroke in 1919. Berg says he has been interested in Wilson since he (Berg) was 15 years old, and that writing and researching the book consumed almost 13 years of his life.

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