James K. Polk: The American Presidents Series: The 11th President, 1845-1849 (Hardcover)

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The story of a pivotal president who watched over our westward expansion and solidified the dream of Jacksonian democracy

James K. Polk was a shrewd and decisive commander in chief, the youngest president elected to guide the still-young nation, who served as Speaker of the House and governor of Tennessee before taking office in 1845. Considered a natural successor to Andrew Jackson, “Young Hickory” miraculously revived his floundering political career by riding a wave of public sentiment in favor of annexing the Republic of Texas to the Union.
Shortly after his inauguration, he settled the disputed Oregon boundary and by 1846 had declared war on Mexico in hopes of annexing California. The considerably smaller American army never lost a battle. At home, however, Polk suffered a political firestorm of antiwar attacks from many fronts. Despite his tremendous accomplishments, he left office an extremely unpopular man, on whom stress had taken such a physical toll that he died within three months of departing Washington. Fellow Tennessean John Seigenthaler traces the life of this president who, as Truman noted, “said what he intended to do and did it.”

About the Author

Mr. Seigenthaler was a Nashville native. He was a police reporter for The Tennesseean, then editor, publisher, and chairman and then chairman emeritus. He was an aide to Robert Kennedy in the 1960's. He hosted "A Word on Words" for more than 40 years on Nashville Public Television where he interviewed authors from around the country. He passed away in 2014 and is survived by his wife Dolores; son, John; his daughter-in-law, Kerry; and his grandson, Jack.

Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. (October 15, 1917-February 28, 2007) was a renowned American historian, social critic, and the prolific author of numerous books including, most recently, "War and the American Presidency," He twice won both the Pulitzer Prize, for "The Age of Jackson" and "A Thousand Days," and the National Book Award, also for "A Thousand Days" as well as "Robert Kennedy and his Times," In 1998 he was awarded the prestigious National Humanities Medal.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780805069426
ISBN-10: 0805069429
Publisher: Times Books
Publication Date: January 4th, 2004
Pages: 208
Language: English