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Mr. Polk's Army: The American Military Experience in the Mexican War Hardcover – June, 1997
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Richard Bruce Winders
Richard Bruce Winders
Winders has also included a discussion of the politics that were in play between President Polk and his democratic party, as well as the unfriendly/untrusting relationship polk had with his generals in the field.
This book is excellent if you are looking for something that does not solely focus on strategy and battle outcomes. Winders has created a excellent and unique account of the U.S.-Mexican War.
First of all, it's crucial to note that this is NOT a blow-by-blow account of the strategies and battles of the war itself. Rather, Winders' writing serves to acquaint us with pertinent details of being American in the 1840s, sharing with us a perspective that casts political ambition, standing armies, and Manifest Destiny in a different light than we so-called modern, enlightened folk may be used to. Like a method actor, I find that comprehending an historical figure's motivations and the environment in which he or she moved leads to a greater understanding of the events. Winders skillfully builds a hierarchy of "whats" and associated "whys" that encourage the reader to walk a mile in 19th Century brogans and draw his or her own conclusions.
I cannot speak too highly of the text's organization: each chapter addresses a different aspect of 1840s America, allowing the reader to approach the overall topic from one of several angles. Obviously, this construct also makes it easy to use the book as a study reference, nevertheless, the structure does not interfere with a cover-to-cover reading. Much of what Winders wrote about the political climate has been addressed before and I don't recall any genuine surprises there.Read more ›
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I've done quite a lot of reading on the Mexican War but none so helpful as this volume. I learned about the culture of Mexico and how the US soldier viewed that culture. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Carolyn Howard
Utilized this book for a graduate class on the Mexican-American War. It is a detailed account of President James K. Polk's presidency and his management of the war.Published on December 29, 2012 by H. D. Jones
A bit on the dry side. Excellent commentary and analysis of the economics and politics of the era. Worth the read.Published on December 8, 2012 by davetucaz
Richard Bruce Winders is the curator and chief historian at the Alamo, and an expert on Revolutionary and Mexican War-era America/Texas. Read morePublished on April 10, 2012 by Tammany Hall
This books is not so much about the war itself but the workings of the army itself. It is as a complete a study on the subject as there is. Read morePublished on March 2, 2008 by Ernesto Manzo