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

ISBN-10: 074329744X

ISBN-13: 9780743297448

Edition: 2009

Authors: Robert W. Merry

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A highly acclaimed biography of a much neglected president, a gripping narrative that illuminates a crucial epoch in U.S. history.
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List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 11/2/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 592
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.364
Language: English

Introduction: Ritual of Democracy: The Emergence of an Expansionist President
Young Hickory: The Making of a Jackson Prot�g�
Tennessee and Washington: The Rise and Fall of a Presidential Loyalist
The 1844 Election: Searching for a Means of Political Recovery
Texas: Dawn of a New Era
Baltimore: America's First Political Dark Horse
Polk vs. Clay: Answering the Question, �Who Is James K. Polk?�
The Victor: Preparing for the Mantle of Leadership
Taking Charge: America's Zest for Grand Ambitions
Annexation Complete: Diplomacy, Intrigue, and the Force of Politics
The United States and Oregon: �The People Here Are Worn Out by Delay�
The United States and Mexico: Divergent New World Cultures on a Path to War
Britain and Mexico: Playing with Prospects of a Dual War
The Twenty-ninth Congress: Polk Takes Command of the National Agenda
End of a Treaty: Diplomacy and Politics at War with Each Other
War: �Every Consideration of Duty and Patriotism�
Vagaries of War: �And May There Be No Recreant Soul to Fail or Falter Now�
Presidential Temperament: �I Prefer to Supervise the Whole Operations of the Government�
Wilmot's Proviso: Transformation of the War Debate
The War in the West: Patriotism, Duty, Adventure, and Glory
The New Face of War: �We Are Yet to Have a Long and Wearisome Struggle�
The Politics of Rancor: Constitutional Usurpation vs. Moral Treason
Dilatory Congress: The Challenge of Presidential Leadership
Veracruz and Beyond: Grappling with Mexico's Military Defiance
Scott and Trist: A Clash of Policy and Temperament
Mexico City: The Pivot of Personality
The Specter of Conquest: �Have We Conquered Peace? Have We Obtained a Treaty?�
Treaty: From Trist to Polk to the Senate
Peace: California, New Mexico, and the Union
Final Months: �Solemnly Impressed with the ... Emptiness of Worldly Honors�
Epilogue: Legacy: The Price of Presidential Accomplishment
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index
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