A Country of Vast Designs: James K. Polk, the Mexican War and the Conquest of the American Continent

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Simon and Schuster, Nov 3, 2009 - History - 592 pages
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Robert Merry's brilliant and highly acclaimed history of a crucial epoch in U.S. history.

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.

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Robert Merry is the editor of The National Interest. He has been a Washington correspondent for The Wall Street Journal and the executive editor of the Congressional Quarterly. He has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, The National Review, The American Spectator, and The National Interest. He has appeared on Meet the Press, Face the Nation, Newsmakers, and many other programs. The author of McKinley, he lives in McLean, Virginia.

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