Polk: The Man Who Transformed the Presidency and America

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Author: Walter R. Borneman
Pages: 448
Category: Politics and government
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: 2008
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First Edition? Yes

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“‘And tho’ / We are not now that strength which in old days / Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are. / One equal temper of heroic hearts, / Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will / To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.’" - Alfred, Lord Tennyson, “Ulysses"

Polk: The Man Who Transformed the Presidency and America

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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