Polk by Walter R. Borneman audiobook

Polk: The Man Who Transformed the Presidency and America

By Walter R. Borneman
Read by Alan Nebelthau

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Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781665016360

Runtime: 13.27 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

Tennessee Democrat James K. Polk is generally ranked among the nation's most effective chief executives. In this straightforward, unnuanced biography, Borneman (1812: The War That Forged a Nation) relates why. Coming into office determined to annex Texas, gain the Oregon Territory from Britain, lower the tariff and reform the national banking system, Polk achieved all four aims in his single term in office (1845-1849). But Borneman overlooks that in more or less completing the nation's lower continental territory, Polk bequeathed a fateful legacy to the nation-not so much transforming the U.S. (as the subtitle overstates) as setting it on the road to civil war. With the annexation of Texas came war with Mexico, which stripped that nation of half its lands while gaining the U.S. the southwest and California. It also unloosed the mad genie of slavery's possible further spread westward. Polk left the nation larger but politically crippled and morally weakened. But Borneman sticks to the narrative and doesn't place his subject in a larger historical context. 'Tis a pity, for Polk's administration ought to be a lesson to all candidates and all presidents at all times

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“For quite a while we’ve needed a new biography of James K. Polk–America’s great underrated president. Now, at last, Walter R. Borneman has delivered the goods. This book is both well written and diligently researched. Highly recommended!” Douglas Brinkley, professor of history at Rice University, author of The Great Deluge
“Borneman gives us a book that is full of interest and insight and is a pleasure to read.” Robert Middlekauff, Bancroft Prize-winning author of The Glorious Cause
“A terrific portrait of a man and his times.” Jon Meacham, author of American Lion and Franklin and Winston
“[An] informed and readable biography.” Wall Street Journal
“Absorbing…a fascinating study of a master politician and effective statesman…Borneman humanizes the eleventh president.”  Tampa Tribune

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Author Bio: Walter R. Borneman

Author Bio: Walter R. Borneman

Walter R. Borneman is the author of several works of nonfiction, including 1812, The French and Indian WarPolk, and the New York Times bestselling The Admirals. He holds both a master’s degree in history and a law degree. He lives in Colorado.

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Available Formats : Library CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 13.27
Audience: Adult
Language: English