Login Shopping Cart My Account TrackOrder
  Main Books Music DVDs Forum Spotlight Help
  Top 10s Our Picks New Arrivals Great Deals Short Quantities Notable Books
Home > Books > History > history
Advanced Search
My Emma
and save 10% on your next order.
Special Offers, New Products and Forum Updates
Visit us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter See our Pictures on PInterest
 Shopping Cart
0 item(s) in your cart
Subtotal : $0.00
HACKER SAFE certified sites prevent over 99.9% of hacker crime.
Icon Description
Our Picks
New Arrivals
Great Deals
Short Quantities
Notable Books
Clearance Sale
Reading Group
More Books
To find more items like this one, go to:
American history
military history
A Country of Vast Designs: James K. Polk, the Mexican War, and the Conquest of the American Continent
Robert W. Merry.
Publisher Simon & Schuster  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.1 x 1.45 inches
ISBN 9780743297448
Pages/Publication Date 576/2009
Daedalus Item Code 42690
This item is not available.
(A 2009 New York Times Book Review Notable Book) When James K. Polk was elected president in 1844, the United States was locked in a diplomatic struggle with Britain over the rich lands of the Oregon Territory, while the territories that would later comprise California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, and part of Colorado all belonged to a more powerful Mexico, which also threatened to take Texas. When Polk left office four years later, the country had acquired all these lands, becoming the continental United States we know today. Robert Merry chronicles Polk's fulfillment of manifest destiny through the era's powerful debates and towering figures, including outgoing President John Tyler and Polk's great mentor Andrew Jackson; his defeated Whig opponent Henry Clay; generals Zachary Taylor and Winfield Scott; Secretary of State James Buchanan (who would precede Lincoln as president); Senate giants Thomas Hart Benton and Lewis Cass; Daniel Webster and John C. Calhoun; and ex-president Martin Van Buren, who was, like Polk, a Jackson protégé but became a Polk rival.

"Filled with intricate stories of personal conflict, psychological gamesmanship, and unintended consequences.... One of the most astute and informative historical accounts yet written about national politics, and especially Washington politics, during the decisive 1840s."—NYTBR

You might also like:
The Life of Andrew Jackson: The Abridged Edition
Robert V. Remini.
Studio: Harper Perennial.   Format: paperback. ISBN: 9780061807886.  Daedalus Item Code: 33797
List Price: $18.99 Sale Price: $5.98 You Save: $13.01
The Joaquín Band: The History Behind the Legend
Lori Lee Wilson.
Studio: Nebraska.   Format: hardcover. ISBN: 9780803234611.  Daedalus Item Code: 43180
List Price: $29.95 Sale Price: $5.98 You Save: $23.97
The Training Ground: Grant, Lee, Sherman, and Davis in the Mexican War, 1846–1848
Martin Dugard.
Studio: Bison.   Format: paperback. ISBN: 9780803228122.  Daedalus Item Code: 43181
List Price: $22.95 Sale Price: $5.98 You Save: $16.97
Top 10s
Our Picks
New Arrivals
Great Deals
Short Quantities
Notable Books
Reading Group Picks
Top 10s
Our Picks
New Arrivals
Great Deals
Short Quantities
Notable Music
Top 10s
Our Picks
New Arrivals
Great Deals
Short Quantities
Notable DVDs
Movie Group Picks
Customer Service
How to Order
Contact Us
About Us
Privacy Policy
My Account
Forgot Password?
Change Your Info
Order History
Web Site Preference
Easy Order Form
Gift Cards
Track Order
Order online or call 1-800-395-2665 (U.S.) or 1-410-309-2705 (Outside U.S. & Canada)
This site features merchandise from our catalogs and store, in addition to items available only online. Availability may vary.
©2015 Daedalus Books, Inc. | Contact customer service at custserv@daedalusbooks.com