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James K. Polk : The American Presidents Series: The 11th President, 1845-1849
by John Seigenthaler and Arthur M. Schlesinger


Overview - Siegenthaler pens the story of the pivotal president who watched over America's westward expansion and solidified the dream of Jacksonian democracy.   Read more...

 
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Overview
Siegenthaler pens the story of the pivotal president who watched over America's westward expansion and solidified the dream of Jacksonian democracy.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780805069426
  • ISBN-10: 0805069429
  • Publisher: Times Books
  • Publish Date: January 2004
  • Page Count: 208
  • Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.9 pounds

Series: American Presidents (Times)

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Books > Biography & Autobiography > Presidents & Heads of State
Books > Biography & Autobiography > Historical - General

 
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Who is James Polk?

James K. Polk deals with one of the most unique men in American political history: a president who deliberately chose to serve a single term. Written by fellow Tennessean and longtime journalist John Seigenthaler, this book examines the world that formed Polk's character and shows how he faced issues, or—in the case of slavery—avoided them. Seigenthaler traces Polk's growth into a fiercely partisan Democrat and protégé of Andrew Jackson, an allegiance which produced his surprise selection as the Democratic "dark horse" candidate of 1844. Polk's candidacy had led his Whig opponents to ask the satirical question, "Who is James Polk?" Seigenthaler offers an excellent answer, with insights into Polk's beliefs, administrative style and the strengths and flaws that led to his successes, yet diminished his reputation in history. (One fascinating element is the comparison of Polk's handling of a controversial, yet successful, war, to the issues facing our current political leadership.) Contrasting personality with actions and the judgments of contemporaries with the results of history, Seigenthaler crafts a compelling argument for greatness in a man often overlooked by history.

Howard Shirley is a writer in Nashville.

 
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