INVASION OF MEXICO By Amy S. Greenberg Alfred A. Knopf, $30, 244 pages. Professor Greenberg’s narrative is a fast paced enjoyable read.
The expectation that Texas would be carved into several slave states did not happen. Listening to the audio book and the narrator they choose is horid.
The background on Nicholas Trist, the reluctant diplomat sent to Mexico to negot.
Helps to elevate the war to a place of greater importance in history. He literally worked himself to death so that a few months after leaving his one term rule he was dead. Just a few days ago I completed "A Wicked War" by Professor Greenberg. 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. Growing up and reading about manifest destiny I'd never seen it for the arrogant and racist imperialism it was. All plants here have thorns, all animals stings or horns and all men carry weapons and all deceive each other and themselves.". The Un. Overall, this book was a good read, especially since it is about a part of American military history that often gets overlooked. This summer, as the world was thrown into uncertainty by a pandemic and our... Often forgotten and overlooked, the U.S.-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.
Furthermore, on account of listening to the audiobook, I don’t have access to the footnotes to validate any claims made in it. 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 United States sent an army to the Rio Grande to establish its claim and the Mexican army attacked. Wicked War gives more play to gender than do other syntheses of the U.S.-Mexican War. While public opinion was turning against the war, Nicholas Trist was sent to Mexico to broker a peace treaty, a treaty that would naturally benefit the United States. However, that is pretty simplified, so I decided to do some studying. The first was the annexation of Texas in 1845. A land grab and the invasion of another country, followed by a treaty whose provisions were constantly violated by b. I read about 15 history books per year. It doesn't seem at first like the most balanced of narratives with the President, James Polk, being the villain of the story and Henry Clay and Nicholas Triste being the heroes and in some instances the suffering martyrs, but the more I read on the subject the more its hard for me to argue against this point of view. And I am very disappointed that I chose this book as my one book to read on the Mexican-American War.
This work was really engaging.
The author asserts that the opposition, “watched helplessly as Polk’s supporters ruthlessly stifled debate and foisted war on Congress and the country.”.
Additionally, America paid 15 million dollars for 525,000 square feet of Mexican land, and offered a path to citizenship for Mexican citizens in the annexed lands. A cowboy expansionist president that dupes Congress into supporting a foreign war under false pretenses - a war that is initially hugely popular, thanks to some swift victories, then becomes much less popular once the casualties roll in with no exit strategy in sight. The problems with this book start with the framing. I wish there was more about what happened to Mexico after the war. The outcome of the war not only reveals our evolution as a settler-colonial slave republic, but the war also shaped the Civil War to come as a training ground for all its generals.
Mexico had made it clear it would consider the annexation of Texas to be an act of aggression, but “despite all the bluster in the Mexican press, the country neither attacked nor declared war.”. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited. This is, without question, one of the best books on the Mexican American War. I could argue that anybody making or voting on American foreign policy in the 21st-century should be required to read this book.
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