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

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by Amy S. Greenberg
     
 

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Our 1846 war with Mexico was a blatant land grab provoked by President James Polk. And while it secured the entire Southwest and California for America, it also exacerbated regional tensions over slavery, created the first significant antiwar movement in America, and helped lead the nation into civil war. A Wicked War is the definitive history of this conflict that

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Our 1846 war with Mexico was a blatant land grab provoked by President James Polk. And while it secured the entire Southwest and California for America, it also exacerbated regional tensions over slavery, created the first significant antiwar movement in America, and helped lead the nation into civil war. A Wicked War is the definitive history of this conflict that turned America into a continental power. Amy Greenberg describes the battles between American and Mexican armies, but also delineates the political battles between Democrats and Whigs—the former led by the ruthless Polk, the latter by the charismatic Henry Clay, and a young representative from Illinois named Abraham Lincoln, who initially drew national attention as a critic of the war. Greenberg brilliantly recounts this key chapter in the creation of the United States, evoking time, place, event, and personality with equal parts authority and narrative flair.

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“A fascinating glimpse into the history of the United States’ invasion of Mexico, revealing the conflict between James K. Polk’s expansionist doctrine of ‘Manifest Destiny’ and the more domestically focused beliefs of Henry Clay, Abraham Lincoln and the Whigs.”
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“Greenberg clothes a provocative main idea in a freshly original narrative.”
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“An excellent study of how the war was won on the battlefield and lost in public opinion. Narrator Caroline Shaffer . . . reads with energy, varies her pitch and tone, and engages in character voices in order to keep the book moving.”
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“An energetic reading by narrator Caroline Shaffer, who performs with great verve and expression and endows historical figures with appropriate and pleasantly done accents. Libraries wishing to fill out their collection of U.S. history of the mid-19th century should consider this title.”
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781611748796
Publisher:
HighBridge Company
Publication date:
11/06/2012
Edition description:
Unabridged; 12.75 hours
Pages:
765
Product dimensions:
5.16(w) x 5.74(h) x 1.14(d)

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A Wicked War: Polk, Clay, Lincoln and the 1846 U.S. Invasion of Mexico 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The writing is clear and easy to read and the decisions and dilemmas faced by each of the profiled men involved really flesh out what went into our declaring war on a neighbor nation in contravention of everything that we had espoused before. It's a great way to tell the story. Being a San Franciscan, I enjoyed reading this book. There was more to that war than just acquiring dry desert land in the Southwest--there was the huge Pacific port of Yerba Buena on San Francisco Bay that the US government coveted.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a close follower of Mexico and Mexican history I find this book very informative about all the U.S. politics behind the annexation of Texas and the Mexican War. Although an academic book, it is written in a style that is easy to read yet with considerable detail that does not weigh it down but rather spices it up. It is very informative about the political scene in the United States as this time in history. I recommend it highly. If you are a U.S. history or Mexican history buff you will really enjoy it.
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A great resource for America hating, white guilted individuals who have no sense of well being and then must resort to separating themselves from reality to realize some sort of self worth.