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Seymour - The Intimate Papers of Colonel House 1912-19 (all 4 volumes) (1926-28)
07-05-2008, 01:18 PM,
Seymour - The Intimate Papers of Colonel House 1912-19 (all 4 volumes) (1926-28)
This is Charles Seymour's monumental book The Intimate Papers of Colonel House 1912-19 (1926-28) which presents all 4 volumes of personal diary of Edward Mandell House who served as US President Woodrow Wilson's closest confidant during the four years of World War I. House was an American diplomat, politician and presidential advisor. Commonly known by the purely honorific title of Colonel House, although he had no military experience but instead had enormous personal influence with US President Wilson as his foreign policy advisor until Wilson removed him in 1919. By reading the House diary, one becomes a witness to one of the most exciting and bloody periods in history. To Colonel House, the election of President Wilson heralded the dawn of a new age of progress and reform. The advent of World War I brought a halt to his domestic program, but enlarged House's sphere of observation and contacts. Peacemaking brought him into contact with the leaders of virtually every country in the world. Kings, presidents and leaders of new movements come vividly to life with House's words. In 1912, House published anonymously a novel called Philip Dru: Administrator, in which the title character Dru leads the democratic western U.S. in a civil war against the plutocratic East, becoming the dictator of America. Dru imposes a series of reforms which resemble the Bull Moose platform of 1912 and then vanishes. House played a major role in shaping wartime diplomacy. Wilson had House assemble the "Inquiry" - a team of academic experts to devise efficient postwar solutions to all the world's problems. In September 1918, Wilson gave House the responsibility for preparing a constitution for a League of Nations (which later became the United Nations). In October 1918, when Germany petitioned for peace based on the Fourteen Points, Wilson charged House with working out details of an armistice with the Allies. House served on the League of Nations Commission on Mandates with Lord Milner and Lord Robert Cecil of Great Britain, M. Simon of France, Viscount Chinda of Japan, Guglielmo Marconi for Italy, and George Louis Beer as adviser. Throughout 1919, House urged Wilson to work with Senator Henry Cabot Lodge to achieve ratification of the Versailles Treaty. However, the conference revealed serious policy disagreements between Wilson and House. Even worse were personality conflicts. Wilson had become much more intolerant and systematically broke with one after another of his closest advisors. When Wilson returned home in February 1919, House took his place on the Council of Ten where he negotiated compromises unacceptable to Wilson. In mid-March 1919, Wilson returned to Paris and lost confidence in House, relegating him to the sidelines. In the 1920s, House strongly supported U.S. membership in the League of Nations and the World Court, the Permanent Court of International Justice. In 1932, House supported Franklin D. Roosevelt without joining the inner circle. Although he became disillusioned with the New Deal, he did not express his reservations in public. The 4 volumes are entitled as follows: Behind the Political Curtain 1912-15 (1926), From Neutrality to War 1915-1917 (1926), Into the World War 1917-18 (1928) and The Ending of the War 1918-19 (1928). 2170 pages. A must read for everyone.


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