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This definitive biography of James K. Polk covers the most important years of Polk's political career - from a twice-defeated gubernatorial candidate in Tennessee to dark-horse candidate for the presidency and one of the most successful first 18 months of any American president.

The months of Polk’s administration covered here contain the bulk of his expansionist program - the annexation of Texas, the settlement of the Oregon boundary with Great Britain, and the war with Mexico that led to the acquisition of California and New Mexico. This period also covers the first session of the 29th Congress, which produced under Polk’s guidance the most important domestic legislation of any congress of the century.

Originally published in 1966.

©1966 Charles Grier Sellers (P)2019 Charles Grier Sellers

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Informative and Interesting

My initial thought about the audiobook is that it would be boring, but I was mistaken. The storyteller grabbed my attention with his tone and pitch of voice. I usually do not listen to Audio podcasts because of my short attention span, but I enjoyed this. I learned a lot about the U.S government, especially the banking system in the US, and democracy. The storyteller's narrative voice was interactive and made the audio interesting. For example, when he reads a sentence made by the character, he changes his voice to fit into the character he describes. I would recommend, especially to students who have to prepare for U.S government exams but arent enthusiastic about reading the textbooks because the storyteller makes it interesting to listen too.