A Country of Vast Designs: James K. Polk, the Mexican War and the Conquest of the American Continent
Simon and Schuster
, Nov 3, 2009
- 592 pages
A New York Times Bestseller and New York Times Notable Book
Robert Merry's brilliant and highly acclaimed history of a crucial epoch in U.S. history—the presidency of James K. Polk, "our most underrated president" (Walter Isaacson, author of Einstein).
In a one-term presidency, James K. Polk completed the story of America’s Manifest Destiny—extending its territory across the continent by threatening England with war and manufacturing a controversial and unpopular two-year war with Mexico. "A crucial architect of modern America, James K. Polk deserves to be elevated out of the mists of history" (Jon Meacham, author of American Lion).