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Public Lecture: Scott Berg on 'Woodrow Wilson: The Man and the Icon'

Publication date: Sep 17, 2013 12:14:28 PM

Start: Oct 15, 2013 6:00:00 PM
End: Oct 15, 2013 7:30:00 PM

Location: UCL Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT

In 1913 Woodrow Wilson became 28th President of the United States. To mark the centenary of his accession, Pulitzer-Prize winning author A. Scott Berg has published a new biography of one of the most influential figures of the twentieth century, and one of the most enigmatic.

This public lecture coincides with the publication of Wilson in the United Kingdom. Based on more than a decade of research and writing, the book has won widespread plaudits following its recent appearance in the US. In tonight’s talk, Scott Berg will share his insights on Wilson the man as well as Wilson the icon based on his investigation of hundreds of thousands of documents in the Wilson Archives and his unique access to two recently-discovered caches of papers belonging to those close to Wilson. From this material, Berg will share with the audience some of his new findings about Wilson’s character and life and place his accomplishments and failures in new perspective. This address will appeal to anyone interested in the making of twentieth-century America, the presidency, and US diplomacy in a crucial era of world politics, and, too, those more generally fascinated by the interplay of personality and politics and the role of individual leaders in history

Not only a renowned writer but also an outstanding speaker, Scott Berg is now a full-time biographer and the author of four bestselling biographies: Max Perkins: Editor of Genius (1978; winner of the National Book Award); Goldwyn (1989); Lindbergh (1998: winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Award); and Kate Remembered (2003), the best-selling biography of Katherine Hepburn. He lives in Los Angeles, but has previously taught at UCL, University of Southern California, and Princeton.

Attendance is free of charge, but registration is required.