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Ordeal of Woodrow Wilson - HOOVER Herbert WILSON Woodrow - 1958. 
1958 - HOOVER, Herbert. The Ordeal of Woodrow Wilson. New York: McGraw-Hill, (1958). Octavo, original blue cloth, original dust jacket. $2200.First trade edition, third printing, of Hoover's significant history of the Wilson presidency, inscribed by the author to a diplomat and military officer who served during his administration: "To my good friend Admiral Gilchrist Stockton from Herbert Hoover."In the summer of 1958 a most unlikely bestseller sent ripples of surprise throughout the literary world. For the first (and thus far only) time in American history, a former President of the United States had chosen to write a book about one of his predecessors. What Herbert Hoover had to say about his World War I colleague and intellectual soulmate, Woodrow Wilson, stirred many readers" (Senator Mark Hatfield). In these pages, America's 31st president, Herbert Hoover, writes of being a first-hand "witness to the ordeal and tragedy of Woodrow Wilson" (Preface). Ultimately Hoover commends Wilson's belief that America "as 'the greatest of democracies,' should keep the world 'safe for democracy"(ANB). Illustrated with 12 pages of black-and-white photographs. First published 1958. Gilchrist Stockton, to whom this copy is inscribed, had a lengthy career split between international affairs and the military. Educated at Princeton and Oxford, Stockton became involved in the global sphere while working at the Commission for Relief in Belgium. During the First World War, he served as Special Assistant to U.S. Ambassador, London. His career took off from that point and he found himself bouncing between aid positions and the Navy. Finally, in 1930, he was appointed U.S. Minister to Austria (likely in return for his service as a convention delegate); it was a position he held for three years. In 1945, he was promoted to rear admiral.Book about-fine, bright dust jacket near-fine with light wear to extremities. A desirable inscribed copy. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]
[Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]
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