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Polk - The Man Who Transformed the Presidency and America

Walter Borneman

Tennessee Democrat James K. Polk is generally ranked among the nation's most effective chief executives. In this straightforward, unnuanced biography, Borneman (1812: The War That Forged a Nation) relates why. Coming into office determined to annex Texas, gain the Oregon Territory from Britain, lower the tariff and reform the national banking system, Polk achieved all four aims in his single term in office (1845–1849). But Borneman overlooks that in more or less completing the nation's lower continental territory, Polk bequeathed a fateful legacy to the nation-not so much transforming the U.S. (as the subtitle overstates) as setting it on the road to civil war. With the annexation of Texas came war with Mexico, which stripped that nation of half its lands while gaining the U.S. the southwest and California. It also unloosed the mad genie of slavery's possible further spread westward. Polk left the nation larger but politically crippled and morally weakened. But Borneman sticks to the narrative and doesn't place his subject in a larger historical context. 'Tis a pity, for Polk's administration ought to be a lesson to all candidates and all presidents at all times

Tennessee Democrat James K. Polk is generally ranked among the nation's most effective chief executives. In this straightforward, unnuanced biography, Borneman (1812: The War That Forged a Nation) relates why. Coming into office determined to annex Texas, gain the Oregon Territory from Britain, lower the tariff and reform the national banking system, Polk achieved all four aims in his single term in office (1845–1849). But Borneman overlooks that in more or less completing the nation's lower continental territory, Polk bequeathed a fateful legacy to the nation-not so much transforming the U.S. (as the subtitle overstates) as setting it on the road to civil war. With the annexation of Texas came war with Mexico, which stripped that nation of half its lands while gaining the U.S. the southwest and California. It also unloosed the mad genie of slavery's possible further spread westward. Polk left the nation larger but politically crippled and morally weakened. But Borneman sticks to the narrative and doesn't place his subject in a larger historical context. 'Tis a pity, for Polk's administration ought to be a lesson to all candidates and all presidents at all times
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Tennessee Democrat James K. Polk is generally ranked among the nation's most effective chief executives. In this straightforward, unnuanced biography, Borneman (1812: The War That Forged a Nation) relates why. Coming into office determined to annex Texas, gain the Oregon Territory from Britain, lower the tariff and reform the national banking system, Polk achieved all four aims in his single term in office (1845–1849). But Borneman overlooks that in more or less completing the nation's lower continental territory, Polk bequeathed a fateful legacy to the nation-not so much transforming the U.S. (as the subtitle overstates) as setting it on the road to civil war. With the annexation of Texas came war with Mexico, which stripped that nation of half its lands while gaining the U.S. the southwest and California. It also unloosed the mad genie of slavery's possible further spread westward. Polk left the nation larger but politically crippled and morally weakened. But Borneman sticks to the narrative and doesn't place his subject in a larger historical context. 'Tis a pity, for Polk's administration ought to be a lesson to all candidates and all presidents at all times

Language:

English

Narrators:

Alan Nebelthau

Length:

13h 15m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

08:55


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

32:34


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

41:17


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

33:27


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

34:40


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

38:05


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

21:49


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

40:34


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

41:56


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

37:49


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

44:04


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

43:20


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

26:43


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

30:29


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

40:07


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

44:14


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

36:24


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

37:24


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

31:26


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

36:19


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

33:15


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

30:30


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

24:24


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:59


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

01:49