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Polk: The Man Who Transformed the Presidency and America” is the fifth of ten books by historian and lawyer (and mountaineer!) Walter Borneman.  He is more frequently the author of books on 18th and 19th century US history, but has also written on mountain climbing in his home state of Colorado. Borneman’s most recent book is “The Admirals: Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy, and King – the Five-Star Admirals Who Won the War at Sea” published in 2012.

Remarkably, this 2008 biography of James Polk seems to be the first comprehensive work on the eleventh president for at least several decades prior to its publication. This is surprising given the impact of Polk’s presidency on the nation’s geographic breadth and his expansion of the power of the presidency itself. Well worth the wait, Borneman’s biography is…

– Click here for the full review at BestPresidentialBios.com –

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