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The paper shows how Sam W. Haynes' book "James K. Polk and the Expansionist Impulse" is more than a look at Polk and his politics; it is really a look at a time when the United States was evolving and becoming a world power. The paper looks at the author's writing style, thesis and sources and concludes that it is a good history book not only about a man, but also about an important time in American history.
From the Paper:"In this effort to "shed light" on Polk and his presidency, Haynes uses vignettes throughout Polk's life to paint a picture of the boy, the youth, and the man, including what influenced him, how he came to enter politics, and how he developed and maintained his policies. Some of these vignettes seem almost like scenes in a play, that the reader is looking in on, and they help the reader grow to understand this very complex and driven man. It is clear that he desired a life in politics, and that he felt he was uniquely qualified to govern the people, just like the author was uniquely qualified to write this book."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Sam W. Haynes. James K. Polk and the Expansionist Impulse 3rd edition. New York: Pearson Education, 2006
Cite this Book Review:
James K. Polk and the U.S. Expansion (2010, December 24) Retrieved March 02, 2021, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/james-k-polk-and-the-us-expansion-146260/
"James K. Polk and the U.S. Expansion" 24 December 2010. Web. 02 March. 2021. <https://www.academon.com/book-review/james-k-polk-and-the-us-expansion-146260/>