The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum was pleased to host Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner A. Scott Berg Tuesday August 27 for an interview with CBS Sunday Morning's Mo Rocca. The interview, taped on the grounds of the Wilson Library, will be aired nationally on CBS, Sunday morning, September 8, 2013, and will be in conjunction with the release on September 10, 2013 of Mr. Berg's much anticipated book "Wilson".
This year marks the 100th anniversary of Woodrow Wilson’s inauguration as the 28th President of the United States, and as a result of a decade of research and writing A. Scott Berg’s Wilson is a commanding, enthralling, and relevant portrait of one of America’s most influential, yet often misunderstood, presidents. Berg drew not only on the hundreds of thousands of documents that have long comprised the Wilson Archives, but on two major new troves of documents, the manuscript collections of Wilson’s personal physician and of his second daughter Jessie Wilson Sayers. These newly available papers shed fresh and fascinating light on Wilson’s entire life, but particularly on his private personal life and his periods of precarious health, especially his final years of incapacity, both in and out of the White House.
Perhaps ironically, as Berg contends, Wilson’s presidency in many ways parallels the issues of today’s current administration: a country divided by ideology, region, and class; storm clouds on the international horizon that threaten an ambitious domestic agenda; and a desire to guide progressive social and economic legislation through a gridlocked Congress. Both Obama and Congress could draw vital lessons from Wilson, Berg maintains, namely, the importance of meeting regularly, sustained dialogue, and the necessity of putting aside partisan differences in the face of a grave threat, whether it be a foreign enemy or the national debt.
In addition to honoring the Wilson Library with his CBS Sunday Morning interview, A. Scott Berg will be returning to Staunton as keynote speaker for the 2013 Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library Annual Luncheon. The luncheon will be held at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel in Staunton, Virginia at 12:00 pm Friday November 8th. For more information or for reservations contact Elizabeth Shortt at http://firstname.lastname@example.org or call (540) 885-0897 ext 113.