Josh's Reviews > A Country of Vast Designs: James K. Polk, the Mexican War and the Conquest of the American Continent

A Country of Vast Designs by Robert W. Merry
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Jan 14, 2011

it was ok
Read in January, 2011

This is an incredibly dry book about an incredibly influential though largely unknown president. While this work may be called a biography, the text is dominated by a virtual retelling of all of the major policy debates of the 1840s. Often line by line, the author proceeds to quote the speeches, letters, and diplomatic cables of the time period in exhaustive fashion. It is ironic that our most underrated president should be represented by a book so void of any personality or fun, creating yet another reason for people to ignore James K. Polk.

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