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Woodrow Wilsons Right Hand: The Life of Colonel Edward M. House [Paperback]

Godfrey Hodgson
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1 Aug 2008
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. Wilsons 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 Wilsons campaign in 1912 and soon was travelling through Europe as the Presidents 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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  • Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; Reprint edition (1 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300137559
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300137552
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,395,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'Noteworthy.' Lloyd E. Ambrosius, Journal of American History"

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Godfrey Hodgson is associate fellow, Rothermere American Institute, Oxford University. He has written biographies of Henry L. Stimson and Daniel Patrick Moynihan as well as the pioneering article about the American foreign policy establishment.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Really Excellent 2 Jun 2014
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Colonel House is usually a second violin to the musical drama of Woodrow Wilson,but this wonderfulbook brings out the drama and meaning of this most remarkable and influential man.The writing is clear, elegant and very fair to all concerned and offers and indispensable angle on things for gaining a fuller picture of the times and the people who tried to shape them ;idealistically;pragmatically or driven by forces beyond their control.
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3.0 out of 5 stars a short biography of Edward House 4 Sep 2006
By lector avidus - Published on Amazon.com
Edward House was one of the most influential diplomats in American history, and has faded into an oblivion inverse to the role he played in shaping the foreign policy of the man HL Mencken described as the "Archangel Woodrow."

If you're still in high school, or perhaps doing undergraduate work, this book will prove to be invaluable and immediately accessible in helping you write a paper. If you're looking sources to do your own research, this book will also be quite helpful. But it's far too short, and lacking in detail and judgements to do justice to House's legacy.
5.0 out of 5 stars Important History 15 Oct 2013
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A well researched and well written biography of one of the major "powers behind the throne" of Woodrow Wilson's governorship of New Jersey and presidency of the US.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The real Progressive history starter, and Fed 22 Dec 2010
By Darren R. Pierce - Published on Amazon.com
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Want to learn the truth, start with T. Roosovelt, then move to W. Wilson, and you have that truth behind the Progressive movment. Why we got the 17 amd in the Consitution,
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