Polk: The Man Who Transformed the Presidency and America

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Random House Publishing Group, Apr 14, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 468 pages
In Polk, Walter R. Borneman gives us the first complete and authoritative biography of a president often overshadowed in image but seldom outdone in accomplishment. James K. Polk occupied the White House for only four years, from 1845 to 1849, but he plotted and attained a formidable agenda: He fought for and won tariff reductions, reestablished an independent Treasury, and, most notably, brought Texas into the Union, bluffed Great Britain out of the lion’s share of Oregon, and wrested California and much of the Southwest from Mexico. On reflection, these successes seem even more impressive, given the contentious political environment of the time.

In this unprecedented, long-overdue warts-and-all look at Polk’s life and career, we have a portrait of an expansionist president and decisive statesman who redefined the country he led, and we are reminded anew of the true meaning of presidential accomplishment and resolve.
 

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User Review  - MikeBiever - LibraryThing

I read this book during my lunch break periods at work. Polk's Presidency is re-evaluated historically in this account. We see that Polk was a very hands-on President and fully committed to the ... Read full review

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User Review  - everfresh1 - LibraryThing

It was very interesting and well done biography. It contains many interesting details related to American expansion under president Polk that I wasn't aware about. It also gives an objective portrait of this undeservedly forgotten president. Read full review

Contents

Polks America 1819
3
Old Hickorys Boy
5
2Carrying the Water
19
3Tennessee and Old Tippecanoe 57
37
A Man of Middle Tennessee
41
The fast Defeat 32
52
5lands Off Texas
67
The Texas Frontier
68
Standing irm on Oregon
150
7The Oregon Country 18181846
153
8Trails West 1844
176
9 Early Battles on the Rio Grande1846
243
Old Bullions Soninfair
269
Campaigns in California 18461847
270
12Campaigns in Mexico 1847
290
15Treaty Lines
2

Baltimore 1844
94
Election of 1844
126
Polks America 1844
131
Making Good on Texas 155
133
6Polks Washington circa 1846
143
Election of 1848
29
Polks Journey Home 1849
39
Polks Legacy 1850
47
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Walter R. Borneman is the author of several books, including Polk, 1812: The War That Forged a Nation, The French and Indian War: Deciding the Fate of North America, and Alaska: Saga of a Bold Land. He is the president of the Walter V. and Idun Y. Berry Foundation, which funds postdoctoral fellowships in children’s health at Stanford University.

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