By Walter R. Borneman
In Polk, Walter R. Borneman offers us the 1st entire and authoritative biography of a president usually overshadowed in photograph yet seldom outdone in accomplishment. James ok. Polk occupied the White condominium for under 4 years, from 1845 to 1849, yet he plotted and attained an impressive schedule: He fought for and gained tariff discount rates, reestablished an self sufficient Treasury, and, so much significantly, introduced Texas into the Union, bluffed nice Britain out of the lion’s proportion of Oregon, and wrested California and lots more and plenty of the Southwest from Mexico. in retrospect, those successes appear much more awesome, given the contentious political setting of the time.
In this exceptional, long-overdue warts-and-all examine Polk’s existence and profession, now we have a portrait of an expansionist president and decisive statesman who redefined the rustic he led, and we're reminded anew of the real that means of presidential accomplishment and unravel.
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Polk: The Man Who Transformed the Presidency and America by Walter R. Borneman