A Wicked War

A Wicked War✅ [PDF / Epub] ☉ A Wicked War By Amy S. Greenberg ⚣ – Heartforum.co.uk Often forgotten and overlooked the US Mexican War featured false starts atrocities and daring back channel negotiations as it divided the nation paved the way for the Civil War a generation later and Often forgotten and overlooked the US Mexican War featured false starts atrocities and daring back channel negotiations as it divided the nation paved the way for the Civil War a generation later and launched the career of Abraham Lincoln Amy S Greenberg’s skilled storytelling and rigorous scholarship bring this American war for empire to life with memorable characters plotlines and A Wicked Epub / legacies    When President James K Polk compelled a divided Congress to support his war with Mexico it was the first time that the young American nation would engage another republic in battle Caught up in the conflict and the political furor surrounding it were Abraham Lincoln then a new congressman; Polk the dour president committed to territorial expansion at any cost; and Henry Clay the aging statesman whose presidential hopes had been frustrated once again but who still harbored influence and had one last great speech up his sleeve Beyond these illustrious figures A Wicked War follows several fascinating and long neglected characters Lincoln’s archrival John Hardin whose death opened the door to Lincoln’s rise; Nicholas Trist gentleman diplomat and secret negotiator who broke with his president to negotiate a fair peace; and Polk’s wife Sarah whose shrewd politicking was crucial in the Oval Office This definitive history of the conflict paints an intimate portrait of the major players and their world It is a story of Indian fights Manifest Destiny secret military maneuvers gunshot wounds and political spin Along the way it captures a young Lincoln mismatching his clothes the lasting influence of the Founding Fathers the birth of the Daughters of the American Revolution and America’s first national antiwar movement A key chapter in the creation of the United States it is the story of a burgeoning nation and an unforgettable conflict that has shaped American history  .

Amy Greenberg is Liberal Arts Research Professor of History and Women's Studies at Penn State She is a leading scholar of Manifest Destiny and has held fellowships from the Huntington Library the New York Historical Society the Guggenheim Foundation and the American Philosophical Society Her previous books include Manifest Manhood Antebellum American Empire and Cause for Alarm.

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  • Hardcover
  • 344 pages
  • A Wicked War
  • Amy S. Greenberg
  • English
  • 01 February 2016
  • 9780307592699

10 thoughts on “A Wicked War

  1. Ryan Bach says:

    Greenberg's thesis is not very original as far as the way the Mexican American War is taught in public high schools today President Polk was a bad guy who got us into an unnecessary war against a neighboring republic However Greenberg aims to get into the minds and thus motives of several key actors in the lead up to war the war itself and the response to the warThis book is useful as an introduction to the historical event but her contention that the war created the first anti war movement in US history is hogwash See why did the Federalist Party dissolve into nothing? Could it have been their reaction to the War of 1812?

  2. Jay Perkins says:

    A Wicked War is an engaging narrative of the political background of the Mexican War Though not a military history Greenberg does briefly cover many battles The book is primarily an examination of the causes and motives that lead the Polk administration and the people of the United States into war President Polk firmly believed that it was God's plan and America's destiny that she acuire large portions of Mexico and he literally killed himself to obtain this goal Even though the war was eagerly supported by the American people many whom firmly believed in Manifest Destiny the invasion slowly began to gnaw at the American conscious As their loved ones fell in battle or to sickness and as reports of American atrocities came to light many could not justify war simply for territorial expansion It seemed to fly in the face of all that American's stood for no matter what the administration said The Mexican War is also important because it cracked the division between free northern states and slave southern states Would slavery be allowed to enter the new territory? It seemed unjust to many northerners to allow slavery into a country that had previously outlawed the institution Southerners believed they had the right to bring their property into the land they had bled and died for Thus the Mexican War was the first signal of descent into Civil War

  3. Michael says:

    This is without a close second the worst and most one sided account of the Mexican American War I have ever read If I could have given it zero stars I would have It is sad to me to think that someone could read this book in the hope of learning about this time period and think this is an accurate accounting of the factsIs war a terrible thing? Most definitelyDid bad things happen during this time period? Without uestionDid the US always make the right decision? Absolutely notHowever this author would have you believe that one man President James K Polk was able to manipulate an ENTIRE country the US into war with a perfectly innocent country Mexico who was minding their own business when the US struck without cause I would never pick up another book from this author because her's is nothing than an apologist's cause; this is not history she is not a historian she nothing than someone with the political agenda of painting the US in the worst possible light and giving a VERY one sided account of this time period Shame on you Amy Greenberg for cherry picking the facts that suit your cause This book should be listed under the political section and NOT the history section

  4. Chris says:

    A very interesting history of the Mexican War as told through the lives of five men Lincoln Clay Polk Trist and Hardin Nothing to glorify in the American character here Growing up and reading about manifest destiny I'd never seen it for the arrogant and racist imperialism it was We took Mexico's land but didn't want their people Just a very sad chapter in American History that too few Americans know about in detail A great study in morality too; my country right or wrong People who opposed the war being called traitors and accused of treason I'd never realized Trist's noble stand and defiance of Polk as he unilaterally negotiated the peace treaty after being recalled by Polk Polk was a real piece of work a true candidate for impeachment Reading this book you can see why Mexico is the way it is and why they are so sensitive over sovereignty Polk was a micro managing tyrant who got what he deserved He literally worked himself to death so that a few months after leaving his one term rule he was dead Just a fascinating account of American hubris

  5. Jenny says:

    This book tried to present the history of the US was with Mexico through the stories of individuals involved but I think there was too little history and too much extraneous personal information about the people involved The political connections between Polk Clay Hardin and Lincoln were interesting although I have read enough about Lincoln to know that there was to his start in politics than depicted here The background on Nicholas Trist the reluctant diplomat sent to Mexico to negotiate a peace treaty and then fired on the brink of success was interesting But the gee whiz narrative style detracted from the historical narrative

  6. Peter (Pete) Mcloughlin says:

    People don't think much about the Mexican American war of 1846 48 If they do they might remember that the American southwest was carved out of Mexico because we won it This book looks at the political history of a war that was opposed by an antiwar movement before it was even declared Thoreau wrote civil disobedience in opposing this war and going to jail for it This book sees the war from the perspective of several politicians and soldiers who were for and against the war It looks at the war from the Polk administration with James Polk and his wife Sarah who in this history was a powerful first lady from rival politician Henry Clay and a young freshman congressman who opposed the war Abraham Lincoln In 1879 no less a figure than US Grant called the Mexican American war a wicked war That seems to be the consensus of historical opinion now The book sets the story with the annexation of Texas and the boundary dispute with Mexico and Polk's pursuit of war It was called at the time Mr Polk's war Lincoln opposed it and made a speech in congress which would come back to haunt him as he sought the presidency in 1860 while memory of the success of the war made it popular The book talks about the course of the war and southern politicians support of it in hopes of bringing slave states in the union to oppose growing northern power The north opposed it for this reason The aftermath set up the conditions that would spark the civil war a little than a decade later The political battles over the expansion of slavery in the west were a driving factor in Lincoln's election and southern secession Good history

  7. Mark Selby says:

    Got to just than half way and finally couldn't force myself to continue Life is too short Listening to the audio book and the narrator they choose is horid She constantly uses a southern accent when reading uotes Don't know if she really is from the south but the accent is annoying to distraction Further she has a 'know it all' tone of voice which makes it sound like she dissapproves of the actions of the individuals in the book Did the author intend that?As for the author she is critical of US actions from start to finish at least as far as I could get She constantly points out that Americans were a racist people and than happy to attack Mexicans because they considered them racially inferior Maybe they did But I got it the first time and don't need my nose rubbed in it over and over Likely this gal is from the 'hate America' crowd Maybe we should hate America if we produce authors that write tripe such as this

  8. Holly says:

    I'm going to leave this history of the lead up to the Mexican American War unfinished for now and sans rating Perhaps I'll return to it later but it's just not clicking It's hard to think about Pres James K Polk when I'm becoming obsessed with breaking news of treason and impeachment

  9. Colleen Browne says:

    This is without uestion one of the best books on the Mexican American War Greenberg finds that the Manifest Destiny crowd justified the invasion and Polk carried it out For the South it was about adding slave states but it backfired Only Texas already a state by then became a slave state The expectation that Texas would be carved into several slave states did not happen A land grab and the invasion of another country followed by a treaty whose provisions were constantly violated by both individual Americans who were not held accountable and court decisions that violated the treaty created bad blood that has persisted to this day This is a sad chapter in our history and one that needs still to be rectified I highly recommend this book

  10. Emily says:

    The problems with this book start with the framing Between Polk Clay Lincoln and the Mexican American War Clay and Lincoln have absolutely nothing to do with the war besides expressing their opinions like every other politician and citizenThe book starts with Clay being surprised by Polk's politically popular skulduggery which he reads about in the newspaper Clay had just lost an election to Polk and was transitioning from beloved politician to private citizen while dying slowly of consumption This book did inspire me to learn about Henry Clay Interesting dude Then we get into the war's popularity and Polk's sallies towards annexing Mexico which won him an election along with being a dark horse candidate against someone about whom everyone already had strong opinions Greenberg makes the point that for most Americans going to war with Mexicans was the same as going to war against Indians whom America had been fighting successfully for a good while and which most Americans supported When the Mexican American War became less attractive because of defeats in battle and the US Army massacring civilians Americans began to oppose it which gave Lincoln some press since he opposed the war before it was cool But as a freshman congressman Lincoln has absolutely nothing to do with the narrative and everything to do with marketing this book probably John Hardin Lincoln's frenemy and fellow Illinios politician who died in the Battle of Buena Vista is a fourth biographical narrative in this book and his journey from full on support of the war to Mexico to reticence to death is a helpful lodestone in the narrative Polk sucks but there still wasn't enough Polk to contextualize eventsGreenberg reads the audiobook herself don't do that Highbridge and she leans into the accents Hard And as much as the Mexican American War was a crime against humanity if you're going to be a historian be a historian This book is biased in a direction that I agree with but it's still biased especially the part where every American turns around and agrees that going to war with Mexico was a dumb idea and the clunky attempts to draw wink nudge parallels to the Ira war

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