Though it is a little over 200 pages Barry Hankins has packed quite a bit into this little/big book.
There is much to learn from this fine book, but I will limit myself to three things.
First, Hankins does a fine job of demonstrating the impossibility of having good Christian practice when it is shorn of Christian doctrine. Wilson was a learned man, but terribly naive when it came to thinking there could be solid ethics without solid theology.
Second, there is fascinating background on Princeton and other educational matters. Wilson lived during a pivotal point in American education. The Johns Hopkins University, where Wilson did his PhD, was the first American school to adopt the German model of specialization. It was a seismic change for the American educational landscape.
Last, I love to read biographies where you learn some truly surprising things about the subject and the times he/she lived in. Hankins does a nice job here. Among other things, you will probably be surprised to find out how fun and light-hearted Wilson could be.
If you are looking for a biography on Wilson that covers the full man, but isn’t unduly long, this is a terrific choice.