Important People in Dead Wake

Erik Larson
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Woodrow Wilson

Woodrow Wilson was the President of the United States during World War I. He had isolationist tendencies and did not want his country to become involved in the war that was raging in Europe. The British had been lobbying for American involvement for years but Wilson was steadfast. His country supported him; Americans did not want to go to war.

Wilson was a stoic man who detested the isolation that his job as president forced upon him. He longed to be able to walk free without concern and without an entourage or team of bodyguards. He insisted on driving his prized Pierce-Arrow short distances much to the chagrin of his staff. His lover, best friend and closest confidant and advisor was his beloved wife, Ellen. In January 1914 Ellen died after a long battle with Bright’s disease. Wilson was distraught. The one true joy in his...

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