A wicked war : Polk, Clay, Lincoln, and the 1846 U.S. invasion of Mexico / by Amy S. Greenberg

Author(s): Greenberg, Amy S., 1968-
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Subjects: Mexican War, 1846-1848
Mexican War, 1846-1848--Political aspects--United States
Mexican War, 1846-1848--Influence
Polk, James K. (James Knox), 1795-1849
Clay, Henry, 1777-1852
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865
Formats: Print
Material Type: Books
Language: English
Audience: Unspecified
Edition: 1st ed
Published: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012
LC Classification: E
Physical Description: xix, 344 p. : ill., maps, ports. ; 25 cm
Notes: LCCN: 2012019887
ISBN: 9780307592699
ISBN: 0307592693
Includes bibliographical references (p. 317-330) and index
Contents: Pt. 1. Polk's dream, 1844-45. Valentine's Day ; "Who is James K. Polk?" ; The upset -- pt. 2. Mr. and Mrs. Polk's war, 1845-46. Speaking cannon fire ; "The mischief is done" -- pt. 3. The crucible of conscience, 1846-47. A tame, spiritless fellow ; Buena Vista ; Inscrutable providence ; Needless, wicked, and wrong ; War measures ; Duty and justice -- pt. 4. Truth and consequences, 1848. To conquer a peace ; A clear conscience -- Epilogue: Lineage
Summary: A critical assessment of the Mexican-American war and its divisive role in U.S. politics also evaluates its impact on the careers of James Polk, Henry Clay, and Abraham Lincoln and how it set the stage for the American Civil War
OCLC Number: 777659991
ISBN/ISSN: 9780307592699
0307592693