A country of vast designs : James K. Polk, the Mexican War, and the conquest of the American continent / Robert W. Merry.

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    • Publication Information:
      1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed.
    • Notes:
      Includes bibliographical references (p. 479-550) and index.
    • Other Titles:
      James K. Polk, the Mexican War, and the conquest of the American continent.
    • ISBN:
      9780743297431 :
      0743297431 :
    • Accession Number:
      2009024131
    • Accession Number:
      ocn310397742
      310397742
    • Accession Number:
      fay.292313
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    • ABNT:
      MERRY, R. W. A country of vast designs : James K. Polk, the Mexican War, and the conquest of the American continent. 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed. [s. l.]: Simon & Schuster, 2009. ISBN 9780743297431. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.292313. Acesso em: 28 maio. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Merry RW. A Country of Vast Designs : James K. Polk, the Mexican War, and the Conquest of the American Continent. 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed. Simon & Schuster; 2009. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.292313. Accessed May 28, 2020.
    • APA:
      Merry, R. W. (2009). A country of vast designs : James K. Polk, the Mexican War, and the conquest of the American continent (1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed.). Simon & Schuster.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Merry, Robert W. 2009. A Country of Vast Designs : James K. Polk, the Mexican War, and the Conquest of the American Continent. 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed. Simon & Schuster. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.292313.
    • Harvard:
      Merry, R. W. (2009) A country of vast designs : James K. Polk, the Mexican War, and the conquest of the American continent. 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed. Simon & Schuster. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.292313 (Accessed: 28 May 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Merry, RW 2009, A country of vast designs : James K. Polk, the Mexican War, and the conquest of the American continent, 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed., Simon & Schuster, viewed 28 May 2020, .
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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. 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed., Simon & Schuster, 2009. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.292313.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Merry, Robert W. A Country of Vast Designs : James K. Polk, the Mexican War, and the Conquest of the American Continent. 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed. Simon & Schuster, 2009. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.292313.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Merry RW. A country of vast designs : James K. Polk, the Mexican War, and the conquest of the American continent [Internet]. 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed. Simon & Schuster; 2009 [cited 2020 May 28]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.292313

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2009 October #1

"The author has written a superb account of the epoch that resulted in American expansion to the Pacific through a combination of war and diplomacy. At the center of the story is an unlikely "hero," President James K. Polk. He was drab, unsociable, and inflexible, but he was iron willed and ruthlessly ambitious. That ambition, joined with his vision of his nation as a true continental power, led him to play a dangerous game of brinkmanship with Britain over the Oregon Country and to provoke a war with Mexico. Merry's chronicle is filled with excellent insights into the critical events and fine portrayals of a cast of statesmen, warriors, and scheming rogues. This will be an outstanding addition to American history collections." Copyright 2009 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2009 October #1

Merry (publisher, Congressional Quarterly; Sands of Empire) presents his view of James Knox Polk's presidency, describing how Polk turned his vice presidential ambitions into presidential ambitions as the first "dark horse" candidate, and then was able to accomplish his four major objectives: tariffs for revenue only, an independent federal treasury, no national debt, and expansion of the nation's boundaries to the Pacific. Drawing on Polk's correspondence, secondary sources, and records of Congressional debates, Merry focuses on the politics behind the events, showing how Polk was a master of political strategy and tactics. Merry also considers Polk's negative traits—drabness, lack of leadership qualities, tendency to micromanage—and how these led to dissension within his own party and at times jeopardized his program. VERDICT This well-written book complements Walter Borneman's Polk: The Man Who Transformed the Presidency and America by providing a detailed look into the Washington politics of the 1840s, making it a good starting point for general readers and undergraduates desiring to understand that era.—Stephen H. Peters, Northern Michigan Univ. Lib., Marquette

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PW Reviews 2009 September #1

Merry, president and editor-in-chief of Congressional Quarterly Inc., offers a wide-ranging, provocative analysis of the controversial presidency of James K. Polk. Using a broad spectrum of published and archival sources, Merry depicts Polk as an unabashed expansionist. His political career was devoted to extending American power across the continent. Polk saw the fulfillment of manifest destiny as transcending even the festering issue of slavery. Elected president in 1844, he pursued confrontational diplomacy with Britain, structured a war with Mexico and enlarged the U.S. by over a third, essentially to its present boundaries, in a single term of office. Polk's achievements were correspondingly controversial across the political spectrum. Merry uses congressional debates and newspaper quotations to depict the genesis of a fundamental, enduring debate on America's nature and role. Conceding Polk's "personal lapses and his least impressive traits." Merry makes a strong case that Polk's America embraced a sweeping vision of national destiny that he fulfilled. Merry's conclusion that history turns not on morality but on power, energy and will may be uncomfortable, but he successfully illustrates it. 16 pages of b&w photos; 1 map. (Nov.)

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