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Polk: The Man Who Transformed the Presidency and America
     

Polk: The Man Who Transformed the Presidency and America

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by Walter R. Borneman, Alan Nebelthau (Narrated by)
 

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Tennessee Democrat James K. Polk is generally ranked among the nation's most effective chief executives. In this straightforward, unnuanced biography, Borneman (1812: The War That Forged a Nation) relates why. Coming into office determined to annex Texas, gain the Oregon Territory from Britain, lower the tariff and reform the national banking system, Polk achieved

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Tennessee Democrat James K. Polk is generally ranked among the nation's most effective chief executives. In this straightforward, unnuanced biography, Borneman (1812: The War That Forged a Nation) relates why. Coming into office determined to annex Texas, gain the Oregon Territory from Britain, lower the tariff and reform the national banking system, Polk achieved all four aims in his single term in office (1845-1849). But Borneman overlooks that in more or less completing the nation's lower continental territory, Polk bequeathed a fateful legacy to the nation-not so much transforming the U.S. (as the subtitle overstates) as setting it on the road to civil war. With the annexation of Texas came war with Mexico, which stripped that nation of half its lands while gaining the U.S. the southwest and California. It also unloosed the mad genie of slavery's possible further spread westward. Polk left the nation larger but politically crippled and morally weakened. But Borneman sticks to the narrative and doesn't place his subject in a larger historical context. 'Tis a pity, for Polk's administration ought to be a lesson to all candidates and all presidents at all times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781428185357
Publisher:
Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date:
04/08/2008
Edition description:
Unabridged, 12 CDs, 15 hours
Pages:
11
Sales rank:
1,033,953
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 5.70(h) x 1.00(d)

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Polk: The Man Who Transformed the Presidency and America 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy to read history with just the right level of detail. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and could not put the e-reader down at times. Truly a fascinatioing account of a brief period of history that has been forgotten and not taught about because of the war fifteen years later.
publicus More than 1 year ago
Borneman's Polk is exceedingly well researched and crafted. Not a single factual error is apparent. Polk's relationships to the people and events of the period are well developed and paint a well integrated picture of the man and his times. This book is simply must reading for anyone interested in the topic.
rogelio More than 1 year ago
The events and history surrounding James Polk and this period of history are quite interesting and not written about with regularity. The forces that influenced Texas, California and Oregon joining the Union are spelled out. I wouldn't call this stimulating reading and I had to jar myself to keep going. The history lesson is worthwhile.
lapd00duke More than 1 year ago
Polk was one of the most interesting presidential biographies I have read to date. The author does an outstanding job telling the life and dedication of Polk. Outstanding read and would recommend to anyone.
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