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

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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 ...
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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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  • ISBN-13: 9781611748802
  • Publisher: HighBridge Company
  • Publication date: 11/6/2012
  • Format: MP3
  • Edition description: Unabridged
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Meet the Author

AMY GREENBERG is Liberal Arts Research Professor of History and Women’s Studies at Penn State. 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. She lives in State College, Pennsylvania.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2013

    This is a great book about a mostly-forgotten episode in our Nation's history.

    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.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2013

    A great resource for America hating, white guilted individuals w

    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.

    4 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2013

    Informative and easy to read story of the U.S.- Mexican war.

    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.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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