A Wicked War: Polk, Clay, Lincoln, and the 1846 U.S. Invasion of Mexico

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Vintage Books, 2013 - History - 344 pages
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Often forgotten and overlooked, the U.S.-Mexican War featured false starts, atrocities, and daring back-channel negotiations as it divided the nation, paved the way for the Civil War a generation later, and launched the career of Abraham Lincoln. Amy S. Greenberg's skilled storytelling and rigorous scholarship bring this American war for empire to life with memorable characters, plotlines, and legacies.

This definitive history of the 1846 conflict paints an intimate portrait of the major players and their world. It is a story of Indian fights, Manifest Destiny, secret military maneuvers, gunshot wounds, and political spin. Along the way it captures a young Lincoln mismatching his clothes, the lasting influence of the Founding Fathers, the birth of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and America's first national antiwar movement. A key chapter in the creation of the United States, it is the story of a burgeoning nation and an unforgettable conflict that has shaped American history.

 

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Like many Americans, I know very little about the Mexican War, which is a shame since what I learned from this one-volume history, we Americans keep repeating the same mistakes our nation made in this ... Read full review

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Joy's review: Completely skip the introduction and you're in for a very enjoyable reading experience. I think I learned something on every page of this book. Polk was one of the more single-minded and ... Read full review

Contents

pART one Polks Dream 184445
3
Who Is James K Polk?
25
The Upset
44
pART two Mr and Mrs Polks War 184546
46
Speaking Cannon Fire
67
The Mischief Is Done
91
pART THREE The Crucible of Conscience 184647
113
Buena Vista
137
Inscrutable Providence
162
pART Four Truth and Consequences 1848
243
EPILOGUE Lineage
272
Acknow LED GMENTS
281
BIBLIOGRAPHY
317
INDEx
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Amy S. Greenberg is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of History and Women's Studies at Penn State University. She is a leading scholar of Manifest Destiny and has held fellowships from the Huntington Library, the New-York Historical Society, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the American Philosophical Society. Her previous books include Manifest Manhood and the Antebellum American Empire and Cause for Alarm: The Volunteer Fire Department in the Nineteenth-Century City.

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