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Merry, Robert W.

A Country of Vast Designs: James K. Polk, the Mexican War and the Conquest of the American Continent - Merry, Robert W. (Paperback)

A Country of Vast Designs: James K. Polk, the Mexican War and the Conquest of the American Continent - Merry, Robert W. (Paperback)

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President James K. Polk, often overlooked yet ever-consequential, comes to life in this "compelling, perceptive portrait" (The Wall Street Journal) biography of the 11th President of the United States, Andrew Jackson protégé, and champion of "manifest destiny."

In a one-term presidency, James K. Polk completed the story of America's Manifest Destiny--extending its territory across the continent by threatening England with war and manufacturing a controversial and unpopular two-year war with Mexico. "A crucial architect of modern America, James K. Polk deserves to be elevated out of the mists of history" (Jon Meacham, author of American Lion).
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