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Author Borneman, Walter R., 1952-

Title Polk : the man who transformed the presidency and America / Walter R. Borneman.

Published New York : Random House, [2008]
©2008

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Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  973.61092 POLK/ BORN    AVAILABLE
Edition 1st ed.
Physical description xxiii, 422 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [396]-404) and index.
Contents Introduction. Dark Horse, Bright Land -- Key Dates in the Life of James K. Polk -- Pt. I. The Man -- 1. Old Hickory's Boy -- 2. Carrying the Water -- 3. Tennessee and Old Tippecanoe -- 4. The Last Defeat -- 5. Hands Off Texas -- 6. A Summons from Old Hickory -- 7. Baltimore, 1844 -- 8. "Who Is James K. Polk?" -- Pt. II. The Conquest -- 9. Making Good on Texas -- 10. Standing Firm on Oregon -- 11. Eyeing California -- 12. Mission to Mexico -- 13. "American Blood upon American Soil" -- 14. 54'40' or Compromise! -- 15. To Santa Fe and Beyond -- 16. Mr. Polk's War -- 17. Old Bullion's Son-in-Law -- 18. A President on the Spot -- 19. Securing the Spoils -- 20. The Whigs Find Another General -- 21. Homeward Bound -- 22. A Presidential Assessment -- Epilogue: Sarah.
Summary "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 is rightly recognized as the last strong pre-Civil War president. His pledge to serve a single term, which many thought would immediately consign him to lame-duck status, enabled Polk to rise above electoral politics and to outflank his adversaries." "Thus Polk 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 tracing Polk's life and career - his early childhood in a prominent frontier family, his meteoric rise in public office and storied turn in the House of Representatives, the dramatic plunge of his career fortunes early in the post-Jacksonian period, and his political rebirth prior to the 1844 campaign season - Borneman dispels conventional views of Polk as a dark horse or an accidental president. Instead, we see Polk as he was - a decisive, if not partisan, statesman whose near doubling of America's boundaries and expansive broadening of executive powers redefined the country at large, as well as the nature of its highest office."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Polk, James K. (James Knox), 1795-1849.
Presidents -- United States -- Biography.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1845-1849.
ISBN 9781400065608 (alk. paper)