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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (776 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Walter R. Borneman Narrator: Alan Nebelthau Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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James K. Polk is considered one of the greatest American presidents. Yet until this prodigious biography by noted historian Walter R. Borneman, no complete account of Polk’s life had ever been written. At last, through Borneman’s lucid narrative, Polk emerges as the man who won a war, doubled America’s size, and empowered the executive branch—in just a single term—against a contentious political backdrop. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “For quite a while we’ve needed a new biography of James K. Polk–America’s great underrated president. Now, at last, Walter R. Borneman has delivered the goods. This book is both well written and diligently researched. Highly recommended!”

    Douglas Brinkley, professor of history at Rice University, author of The Great Deluge

  • “Borneman gives us a book that is full of interest and insight and is a pleasure to read.”

    Robert Middlekauff, Bancroft Prize-winning author of The Glorious Cause

  • “A terrific portrait of a man and his times.”

    Jon Meacham, author of American Lion and Franklin and Winston

  • “[An] informed and readable biography.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Absorbing…a fascinating study of a master politician and effective statesman…Borneman humanizes the eleventh president.” 

    Tampa Tribune

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Andrew | 2/14/2014

    " Really a 3.5. I was a little disappointed in this book. I can't help but feel like I learned more about the other men around Polk than Polk himself. His wife, Sarah, isn't talked about much either. It was interesting to learn how the US became contiguous, although some would say that came about more violently than this book would lead you to believe. This book got me interested in the lives of Andrew Jackson and Sam Houston, and even more interested in Polk (but for the wrong reasons). Perhaps I should look into McCormac's biography of the man. Mind you, before I read this, the most I knew about Polk was from a song by two guys named John; I did learn some things, I just wanted to learn more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tony | 1/29/2014

    " Great book! Very well written. Absolutely marvelous! I recommend this book to anyone who likes history, is fascinated by the machinations of politics, or enjoys guava marmalade. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Todd Moen | 1/22/2014

    " very good book about the history of the country. sometimes slow moving. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Joe Bax. | 1/20/2014

    " Very good bio of an understudied president. "

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