Grumpus's Reviews > Polk: The Man Who Transformed the Presidency and America

Polk by Walter R. Borneman
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Nov 16, 2009

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bookshelves: audiobook, history, biography
Recommended for: Arminius
Read in November, 2009

The best part of this book for me was the fact that I learned about many characters for whom many US places are named, such as Slidell, Benton,and many for whom counties are named in Tennessee where I once lived.

It was filled with interesting facts throughout that I will always remember because I know they'll end up on game show as a question I'll be asked for big bucks.

Things like Polk was the president who had the shortest life after the presidency (103 days), his wife was the longest widowed first lady (42 years, if I remember correctly, this was an audiobook so its not so easy to go back and check), and the transition day between his presidency and Taylor's was one that historians question as to who really was president. March 4 was a Sunday when Taylor was to be sworn in but he wanted to wait until Monday for the ceremony. So Polk's last day was technically over on Sunday, March 4 at noon but Taylor was not sworn in until the next day. Who was President?

Lots of names, dates, and places for the history buffs who love that sort of thing but would probably overwhelm someone who was not.
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message 1: by Steven (new) - added it

Steven Harbin Good review! Enjoyed it, I'm now reading the book for the History Book Club, join us if you're so inclined,

message 2: by Arminius (new)

Arminius I like how you point out different things than I do about Polk.

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