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A Wicked War
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A Wicked War
Polk, Clay, Lincoln and the 1846 U.S. Invasion of Mexico
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Our 1846 war with Mexico was a blatant land grab provoked by President James Polk. And while it secured the entire Southwest and California for America, it also exacerbated regional tensions over slavery, created the first significant antiwar movement in America, and helped lead the nation into civil war. A Wicked War is the definitive history of this conflict that turned America into a continental power. Amy Greenberg describes the battles between American and Mexican armies, but also delineates the political battles between Democrats and Whigs—the former led by the ruthless Polk, the latter by the charismatic Henry Clay, and a young representative from Illinois named Abraham Lincoln, who initially drew national attention as a critic of the war. Greenberg brilliantly recounts this key chapter in the creation of the United States, evoking time, place, event, and personality with equal parts authority and narrative flair.

Our 1846 war with Mexico was a blatant land grab provoked by President James Polk. And while it secured the entire Southwest and California for America, it also exacerbated regional tensions over slavery, created the first significant antiwar movement in America, and helped lead the nation into civil war. A Wicked War is the definitive history of this conflict that turned America into a continental power. Amy Greenberg describes the battles between American and Mexican armies, but also delineates the political battles between Democrats and Whigs—the former led by the ruthless Polk, the latter by the charismatic Henry Clay, and a young representative from Illinois named Abraham Lincoln, who initially drew national attention as a critic of the war. Greenberg brilliantly recounts this key chapter in the creation of the United States, evoking time, place, event, and personality with equal parts authority and narrative flair.

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  • Library Journal

    April 15, 2013
    Greenberg (history & women's studies, Pennsylvania State Univ.; "Manifest Manhood and the Antebellum American Empire") covers the Mexican War by focusing on the political controversies of the mid-19th century. Some readers may find the author's characterization of the war, and indeed her take on the motives and actions of many involved, President James K. Polk in particular, to be somewhat biased against the Anglos. Still, the account is well written and given an energetic reading by narrator Caroline Shaffer, who performs with great verve and expression and endows historical figures with appropriate and pleasantly done accents. In all this her clear voice is neither too dramatic nor overwrought. VERDICT Libraries wishing to fill out their collection of U.S. history of the mid-19th century should consider this title but should also carry other works concerning the conflict.--Michael T. Fein, Central Virginia Community Coll., Lynchburg

    Copyright 2013 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Publishers Weekly

    "Greenberg's probing account of this war reveals its drama—and its very modern complexity."

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