When James K. Polk was nominated as the Democratic presidential candidate in 1844, it took 10 days for news from the convention in Baltimore to reach him in Tennessee. By the end of his presidency, it took only a day for him to be notified that Zachary Taylor had been elected as his successor.

This is just one indicator of the great changes that overtook America during Polk’s presidency. He expanded American territory to the Pacific coast by adding Oregon and California, and to the Rio Grande by annexing Texas. This book offers a detailed account of the intrigue associate with this annexation, and the subsequent war between the U.S. and Mexico. It is an engaging account of one of the most successful presidents in U.S. history.