James K. Polk was one of the strongest and most active presidents ever to occupy the office. In the nineteenth century only Jefferson, Jackson, and Lincoln matched his overall leadership and domination of national government. Bergeron's crisp, insightful narrative shows how and why Polk achieved such stature and yet failed to attract the kind of popular support or retrospective recognition granted other presidential luminaries. A native of North Carolina, Polk prepared for the presidency by honing his leadership skills as ...
James K. Polk was one of the strongest and most active presidents ever to occupy the office. In the nineteenth century only Jefferson, Jackson, and Lincoln matched his overall leadership and domination of national government. Bergeron's crisp, insightful narrative shows how and why Polk achieved such stature and yet failed to attract the kind of popular support or retrospective recognition granted other presidential luminaries. A native of North Carolina, Polk prepared for the presidency by honing his leadership skills as a seven-term congressman, speaker of the house, and governor of Tennessee. Bergeron's summary and analysis of those years shed light on the foundations of the presidency that followed. He provides fresh new perspectives on Polk's relationship with his cabinet, his skirmishes with Congress over domestic economic legislation, and the curse of presidential patronage. But perhaps the most fascinating portions of this study are devoted to Polk's role as the western expansionist. By the end of his term, the United States had acquired enormous territories in the Southwest and far West. Bergeron demonstrates that Polk adroitly used both war and diplomacy to acquire and protect these lands. When the annexation of Texas led to the outbreak of war with Mexico, Polk was forced to become commander-in-chief of the American forces. In contrast, the potentially explosive dispute with Great Britain over Oregon's borders was settled through purely diplomatic means. Norman A. Graebner, in America's Top Ten Presidents, declares, "Polk's achievements in diplomacy were among the most remarkable in American history." Drawing upon a careful review of the extensive literature on our eleventh president, as well as Polk's personal diary, Bergeron has written a significant and balanced reassessment of the Polk presidency. In the process, he has also created a revealing portrait of a complex man who led the nation with imperial determination tempered with compassion, generosity, and even humor.
Good. No Jacket as Issued. 6 1/4" x 9 1/4" Biography Ex Lib GOOD /NO JACKET as Issued. xv, 310 pp. Text clean and unmarked except for usual library treatments. All edges gilt. Pale blue marker ribbon bound in. Blue leather boards decorated on front, back in gilt scrollwork, lettered in gilt at spine, spine sunned. Binding firm and stable. From the Easton Press, a printer of collector edition reprints of well-known books.
Near Fine. Clean and bright, with no owners' marks or bookplate; there are a few short scratches in the gilt at the right and bottom edges of the pages, a tiny tap at the bottom right front corner, and spots of rubbing at the bottom free corners, otherwise excellent. 310pp. Full gray leather with hubbed spine, gilt titles and decoration, bound-in ribbon marker, decorative endpapers, all page edges gilded, "Collector's Notes" laid in. From "The Library of the Presidents".
Very Good in Very Good jacket. This book with Dust Jacket is clean, solid and in great shape! This is a hardcover book with 262 pages. The binding is strong with all pages firmly attached. The pages are clean with no soiling, writing or tears. The dust jacket is also in great shape! The DJ shows some light edgewear (no chips). I have placed the DJ in a fresh mylar jacket and this book looks and feels great! We always ship in a sturdy cardboard box!
Near Fine. Collector's edition is near fine with just a touch of shelf wear. 310 pages with collector's notes laid-in. Leather bound with gilt emboss, ribbon marker, page edges gilt, and raised bands to spine. Remains an attractive copy of this installment in the Easton Press library of the presidents.
[0-7006-0319-0] 1987. (Hardcover) Very good plus, no dust jacket. 310pp. Blue cloth with gilt lettering on the spine. Notes, bibliography, index. Some of the corners are turned in. Book about James Knox Polk. Publisher series: American Presidency Series. Locale: United States. (History--United States, History--United States, Politics--United States, Presidents--United States)
New. The Library of the Presidents. Full leather, with gold tooled embossing and edges. A superior copy in new condition. Clean, unmarked pages. Fine binding and cover. Bound in beautiful, plush full leather, with 22-karat gilt lettering, page edge gilt covering, satin end page, and satin ribbon bookmark.
Octavo (9.5 in. by 6.25 in. ); 310pp.; Collector's Notes laid-in at front endpaper; handsome slate-gray leather with gilt decorations to boards and spine; silk bookmark; gilt edges; fine hardcover; crisp; clean; bright.
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