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Polk's Folly: An American Family History

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  24 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Polk's Folly is William Polk's captivating investigation of his impressive family tree and of the broader American tale it narrates.

Growing up in Texas in the late 1930s, listening to his grandmother's memories of her childhood amidst the Civil War, Polk became fascinated by tales of his family's engagement in monumental moments of our nation's history. Beginning when Robe
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Paperback, 576 pages
Published July 17th 2001 by Anchor (first published January 18th 2000)
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Cindy
May 11, 2010 Cindy rated it liked it
Most of us who know much about our family history think that we have some great stories to tell, and we're probably right. But in this case, William Polk not only has some great stories, but he has the writing necessary to tell them well. From the original colonial ancestor Robert Polk, newly arrived from fighting the English in Scotland and Ireland, to the North Carolina branch who served during the Revolutionary War, to the ranchers on the Wild West, the Confederate general and the aviation ...more
Johns
Apr 12, 2016 Johns rated it it was amazing
Must read for President James K. Polk fanciers (like myself!) This well-written history book not only details the compelling story of the Polk clan but also gives the reader many small insights into the life of our emerging republic of the last three centuries. You'll time-travel from small beginnings on the shores of the Chesapeake, down to the hill country of North Carolina, through the Cumberland Gap to Tennessee and onward to the rawboned plains of Texas. Many interesting stories here which ...more
Becki
Jun 06, 2010 Becki rated it it was amazing
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I really loved reading this book on my ancestors Robert Bruce Polk and Magdalen Tasker. I feel very thankful I was given the opportunity to come to know the history of this branch through this book that I may not have known otherwise from Robert Bruce Polk on down to the contemporary cousins, and yes President Polk. There are a lot of distinguished citizens that come out of this line that are talked about in the book. It seems a lot of research has been done to produce this book. Other members ...more
Brian
May 31, 2014 Brian rated it liked it
Here's what I liked about the book - I thought it was a really great idea for the author to track his family's life through the history of America, and it is a truly remarkable family including a US President; Leonidas K. Polk, the fighting Bishop; and a prominent correspondent. The downside is that in the areas of history I know a little better, the author showed a lack of understanding or made overly broad generalizations, so while it's interesting to get insights on different parts of ...more
Russ Adcox
Jun 20, 2016 Russ Adcox rated it really liked it
Very interesting read that covers broad periods of American history. I liked they way he interwove the story of his family with larger descriptions of the time periods. And, since we live in Maury County (the home of James K Polk) and our house sits in the the shadow of St. John's Church, Hamilton Place, Rattle & Snap, etc (homes of George, Lucius, Leonidas, etc), I really enjoyed all the insight into local history.
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Aug 29, 2008 David rated it really liked it
A history of one of the most storied and oldest American families...and to think I'm a member of that family.
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