Polk by Walter R. Borneman
The Man Who Transformed the Presidency and America

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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.


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About Walter R. Borneman

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Walter Borneman is the author of seven works of nonfiction, including 1812, The French and Indian War, and Polk. He holds both a master's degree in history and a law degree. He lives in Colorado.
 
Published April 10, 2009 by Random House. 468 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History. Non-fiction

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A spirited biography of one of the most effective single-term presidents (1845–1849) who promoted war against Mexico and left office having vastly expanded both American borders and the powers of the executive office.

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Borneman sketches out the factions who tried to tug at Polk during his tenure, his alliance gone sour with Sen. Thomas Hart Benton, his mistrust of generals Winfield Scott and Zachary Taylor (who were looked upon as presidential timber by the rival Whig party) and his battles with his secretary o...

Apr 10 2008 | Read Full Review of Polk: The Man Who Transformed...

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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 coun...

Apr 20 2008 | Read Full Review of Polk: The Man Who Transformed...

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