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Publisher Description

In Polk, Walter R. Borneman gives us the first complete and authoritative biography of a president often overshadowed in image but seldom outdone in accomplishment. James K. Polk occupied the White House for only four years, from 1845 to 1849, but he plotted and attained a formidable agenda: He fought for and won tariff reductions, reestablished an independent Treasury, and, most notably, brought Texas into the Union, bluffed Great Britain out of the lion’s share of Oregon, and wrested California and much of the Southwest from Mexico. On reflection, these successes seem even more impressive, given the contentious political environment of the time.

In this unprecedented, long-overdue warts-and-all look at Polk’s life and career, we have a portrait of an expansionist president and decisive statesman who redefined the country he led, and we are reminded anew of the true meaning of presidential accomplishment and resolve.

Biographies & Memoirs
April 8
Random House Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

AguaJefe ,

Great insight on a little known President

Being from Tennessee, I have known about Polk, even visited his boyhood home. A book on the Mexican-American War basically portrayed him as the President who forced the war to acquire Texas, and sent General Winfield Scott to Mexico to get him out of the way as a presidential rival.. But this book shows Polk to be a much more wide-ranging and calculating politician. I never knew that Polk was the one who secured, not only Texas, but also California and the Oregon Territory. His career was directed by Andrew Jackson, but once President, he made his own way. Pretty amaizing stuff, but he is mostly lost to history.

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