Woodrow Wilson is now unfashionable. Many on the left dismiss him as racist & an American interventionist. Many on the right deride him as virtual founder of American progressivism. In foreign affairs, because of his Ahab-like obsession with the League of Nations, he’s chided as a delusional idealist.
Patricia O’Toole’s Wilson biography, The Moralist: Woodrow Wilson and the World He Made, offers plenty of ammo to all critics but also affirms Wilson’s unassailable perch in America’s presidential pantheon. His vision of America’s role in the world haphazardly prevailed.