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The Presidency of James K. Polk (American Presidency (Univ of Kansas Hardcover)) Hardcover – May 29, 1987

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"The best available one-volume history of Polk." -- Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

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The aim of the American Presidency Series is to present historians and the general reading public with interesting, scholarly assessments of the various presidential administrations.
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  • Series: American Presidency (Univ of Kansas Hardcover)
  • Hardcover: 348 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas; No Edition Listed edition (May 29, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0700603190
  • ISBN-13: 978-0700603190
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,762,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Polk is frequently ranked in the top third of US presidents. The years of his presidency fall between Jackson and Lincoln - a period where the presidents around him were generally considered among the worst in history. Polk clearly learned lessons about management and control from the failures of Tyler before him and these lessons led to a most effective presidency. While sectionalism begins to tear apart the preceding presidency and those that followed, the Polk presidency sees a chief executive who manages to be in charge of events during his 4 years. This book was a good read about an import man in a dangerous and exciting time and perhaps a lesson in not promising only to serve one term.
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There are too few treatments of one of America's most significant presidencies, that of James Knox Polk. A friend asked "what was the deal about Polk" while I was reading the book. The answer is: "well, do you like the American Southwest and Washington state?" Polk was responsible for both being gained for our country in their present forms.

Bergeron's book is a good academic telling of this most significant of times. Arranged by major topic, his biography covers the crisis with Mexico and the war; the crisis with Great Britain over setting the boundary of the Pacific Northwest; the cabinet members Polk chose and worked with (significant because at the time the precedent was for presidents to govern with and through their cabinets; giving secretaries much greater veto power over issues in their sphere than now exists), his relationship with Congress and his emergence as a politician.

Polk's fascinating political personae as well as the personalities he had to deal with are well described. Particularly on the Texas question, the war with Mexico and the negotiations with Great Britain, the reader is given a very good step-by-step picture of the cabinet debates and perspectives surrounding the president's eventual courses of action. I came away feeling the author had researched the topics thoroughly enough to present a fairly complete picture of all three crises; allowing the reader an enjoyable bird's-eye view as the action unfolded. The details of life as a mid-1800's American president are also told.
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This is actually a pretty well-written book on President Polk. It seemed to me though that the author, who wants to be complimentary of Polk and his presidency, has a difficult time being consistent with his appraisal. I am not sure that he has convinced himself of the compliments he pays our 11th President. And while it is admittedly focused on the time spent in office, I would have liked more of Polk's pre-presidential years.
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When I point out that James K. Polk and Jerry Ford were the two Presidents who promised only what they could deliver and delivered all they promised, people generally reply "James K. Who?" The man who stretched the USA from sea to shining sea has got to be fascinating. All Kudos to the author for a much-needed book.
Particularly fascinating in it is the hilarious story of the negotiation of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which gave us California et al. It proves the Mark Twain saying that God protects fools, drunkards and the United States of America.
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I wrote a book review for my history class on this book. Plenty to write about, good insight, very good quotes!
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