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Reader recommendation: A Country of Vast Designs

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By Walter Hoffman, Wayne, N. J. / January 12, 2011

A Country of Vast Designs: James K. Polk, the Mexican War, and the Conquest of the American Continent by Robert W. Merry is very well written, holds your interest to the very end, and gives the reader a new appreciation of what our eleventh President – a devoted follower of Andrew Jackson – was able to accomplish in his four-year term in the 1840’s. Anyone who is interested in American history will enjoy it thoroughly.

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