By Amy S. Greenberg
Often forgotten and missed, the U.S.-Mexican conflict featured fake starts off, atrocities, and bold back-channel negotiations because it divided the country, prepared the ground for the Civil battle a iteration later, and introduced the profession of Abraham Lincoln. Amy S. Greenberg’s expert storytelling and rigorous scholarship convey this American conflict for empire to lifestyles with memorable characters, plotlines, and legacies.
while President James ok. Polk pressured a divided Congress to help his struggle with Mexico, it used to be the 1st time that the younger American country could have interaction one other republic in conflict. stuck up within the clash and the political furor surrounding it have been Abraham Lincoln, then a brand new congressman; Polk, the dour president dedicated to territorial enlargement at any expense; and Henry Clay, the getting older statesman whose presidential hopes were annoyed once more, yet who nonetheless harbored effect and had one final nice speech up his sleeve. past those illustrious figures, A depraved War follows numerous interesting and long-neglected characters: Lincoln’s archrival John Hardin, whose loss of life opened the door to Lincoln’s upward push; Nicholas Trist, gentleman diplomat and mystery negotiator, who broke along with his president to barter a good peace; and Polk’s spouse, Sarah, whose smart politicking was once an important within the Oval Office.
This definitive historical past of the 1846 clash paints an intimate portrait of the foremost gamers and their international. it's a tale of Indian fights, appear future, mystery army maneuvers, gunshot wounds, and political spin. alongside how it captures a tender Lincoln mismatching his outfits, the lasting impression of the Founding Fathers, the delivery of the Daughters of the yank Revolution, and America’s first nationwide antiwar circulate. A key bankruptcy within the construction of the us, it's the tale of a burgeoning country and an unforgettable clash that has formed American history.
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A Wicked War: Polk, Clay, Lincoln, and the 1846 U.S. Invasion of Mexico by Amy S. Greenberg