Historian Patricia O’Toole discusses “The Moralist,” mid-term elections
HOPE — The Hope Library invites the public to an author talk Thursday, Nov. 15, at 4 p.m.
Patricia O’Toole will discuss her book “The Moralist: Woodrow Wilson and the World He Made,” as well as offer insight into the results of the 2018 mid-term elections.
In The Moralist, O’Toole recounts Wilson’s religious upbringing, his academic career and his early leadership experiences as president of Princeton University and governor of New Jersey. The book evaluates his unprecedented success with Congress, his vision of a peaceful world, his moral blind spots on race, women’s issues and free speech during wartime.
O’Toole argues that moral considerations inspired Wilson’s biggest ideas, his most important acts and his greatest political battles.
Ultimately his righteousness veered into self-righteousness and played an important role in his downfall, according to a library news release.
Patricia O’Toole is the author of five books. She has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.
She is a former professor in the School of Arts at Columbia University and a fellow of the Society of American Historians.
She lives in Camden.
This is a free event.
FMI: 763-3553, www.hope.lib.me.us