A Wicked War

A Wicked War

Polk, Clay, Lincoln, and the 1846 U.S. Invasion of Mexico

Book - 2013
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Often forgotten and overlooked, the U.S.-Mexican War featured false starts, atrocities, and daring back-channel negotiations as it divided the nation, paved the way for the Civil War a generation later, and launched the career of Abraham Lincoln. Amy S. Greenberg's skilled storytelling and rigorous scholarship bring this American war for empire to life with memorable characters, plotlines, and legacies.

This definitive history of the 1846 conflict paints an intimate portrait of the major players and their world. It is a story of Indian fights, Manifest Destiny, secret military maneuvers, gunshot wounds, and political spin. Along the way it captures a young Lincoln mismatching his clothes, the lasting influence of the Founding Fathers, the birth of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and America's first national antiwar movement. A key chapter in the creation of the United States, it is the story of a burgeoning nation and an unforgettable conflict that has shaped American history.

Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2013, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780307475992
Branch Call Number: 973. 62 GRE
Characteristics: xix, 344 p. : ill., map ; 21 cm.


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Apr 05, 2013

Those who wage war for the purpose of subjugating nations to their will are guilty of a heinous crime.

Apr 05, 2013

Most Americans viewed the Texas Revolution as a war for slavery but as a race war between brown Mexicans and white Texians, and as a result supported the Texians wholeheartedly.

Apr 05, 2013

Sarah and James Polk believed the domination of white over black was part of God's plan.

Apr 05, 2013

By brilliantly manipulating the gender code of the day, Sarah Childress Polk became one of the most poweful First Ladies in history.


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dorisrbrown Jul 28, 2013

Essential read for anyone trying to understand background of US Civil War with extensive overtones of current situation re. politics in Afghanistan and Iraq wars. Great read-- very well written!

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