American Wars of Manifest Destiny (2014)

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Eagles and Empire: The United States, Mexico, and the Struggle for a Continent
David A. Clary

In Eagles and Empire, Clary draws vivid portraits of the period’s most fascinating characters, from the cold-eyed, stubborn United States president James K. Polk and Mexico’s flamboyant and corrupt general-president-dictator Antonio López de Santa Anna to soldiers who became famous in both the Mexican and North American civil wars that soon followed.


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American Phoenix: John Quincy and Louisa Adams, the War of 1812, and the Exile that Saved American Independence
Jane Hampton Cook

Cook has crafted not only a riveting narrative but also an easy-to-understand history filled with fly-on-the-wall vignettes from 1812 and its hardscrabble, freedom-hungry people. While unveiling vivid portrayals of each character—a colorful assortment of heroes and villains, patriots and pirates, rogues and rabble-rousers.


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Yankee Come Home: On the Road from San Juan Hill to Guantánamo
William Craig

In Yankee Come Home, William Craig travels through Cuba, the birthplace of American imperialism, to find out why our republican ideals died in the glory of San Juan Hill. In doing so, he recounts more than a century of the fascinating, but none-too-flattering relationship between the United States and Cuba.


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The Training Ground: Grant, Lee, Sherman, and Davis in the Mexican War, 1846-1848
Martin Dugard

Few historical figures are as inextricably linked as Grant and Lee. But less than two decades before they faced each other as enemies at Appomattox, they had been brothers—both West Point graduates, both fighting in the same cadre in the Mexican War. They were not alone: Sherman, Davis, Jackson – nearly all of the Civil War’s greatest soldiers had been forged in the heat of Vera Cruz and Monterrey


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A Wicked War: Polk, Clay, Lincoln, and the 1846 U.S. Invasion of Mexico (Vintage)
Amy S. Greenberg

This definitive history of the 1846 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. 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.


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Knights of the Sea: The True Story of the Boxer and the Enterprise and the War of 1812
David Hanna

The battle between the Boxer and the Enterprise would be the only major sea engagement of the War of 1812 witnessed by people on land, and, though it lasted less than an hour, was a brutal contest whose outcome was uncertain. When the cannon smoke cleared, good men had been lost, and the U.S. Navy’s position in the war had changed.


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A Glorious Defeat: Mexico and Its War with the United States
Timothy J. Henderson

In contrast to many histories, which treat the war as a fundamentally American experience, Timothy J. Henderson’s book offers a fresh perspective. By looking closely at the Mexican side of the equation, A Glorious Defeat presents a far more balanced, and consequently more revelatory, history of the inception of the delicate and tumultuous relationship between Mexico and the United States.


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The Spanish-American War (Greenwood Guides to Historic Events 1500-1900)
Kenneth E. Hendrickson Jr.

This book includes an overview essay, five essays on specific aspects of the war, and a conclusion. This book provides everything students or general readers need to begin their research into a watershed conflict in American history.


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Mr. and Mrs. Madison's War: America's First Couple and the Second War of Independence
Hugh Howard

To some the War of 1812 was a conflict that resolved nothing, but to others, it was our second war of independence, settling once and for all that America would never again submit to Britain. At its center was James Madison-our most meditative of presidents, yet the first one to declare war. And at his side was the extraordinary Dolley, who would prove perhaps her husband’s most indispensable ally.


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The War of 1812 and the Rise of the U.S. Navy
Mark Collins Jenkins,David Taylor

Featuring a colorful, diverse cast of characters—from sailors, spies, and ship’s surgeons to commodores, Navy wives, and privateersmen—and incorporating hundreds of photographs, period illustrations, and contemporary and original maps, The War of 1812 and the Rise of the U.S. Navy is a sweeping panorama of a defining moment in U.S. history.


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Union 1812: The Americans Who Fought the Second War of Independence
A. J. Langguth

In a gripping narrative of the second and final war of independence, Madison leads an unprepared nation into a struggle that will establish the United States as a major world power and stake its claim to the entire continent. Before the outcome is decided, the war will have engulfed land and sea, with a disastrous U.S. defeat at Detroit and epic naval campaigns on the Great Lakes.


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The Civil War of 1812: American Citizens, British Subjects, Irish Rebels, & Indian Allies
Alan Taylor

During the early nineteenth century, Britons and Americans renewed their struggle over the legacy of the American Revolution. Soldiers, immigrants, settlers, and Indians fought in a northern borderland to determine the fate of a continent.


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The War Lovers: Roosevelt, Lodge, Hearst, and the Rush to Empire, 1898
Evan Thomas

On February 15, 1898, the USS Maine exploded in Havana Harbor. Through the perspective of five larger-than-life characters—war lovers Theodore Roosevelt, Henry Cabot Lodge, William Randolph Hearst, and two prominent doves, House Speaker Thomas Reed and philosopher William James—Evan Thomas portrays a pivotal chapter in American history.


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Through the Perilous Fight: Six Weeks That Saved the Nation
Steve Vogel

In the summer of 1814, the United States of America teetered on the brink of disaster. The war it had declared against Great Britain two years earlier appeared headed toward inglorious American defeat. Through the Perilous Fight tells the gripping story of the burning of Washington and the improbable last stand at Baltimore that helped save the nation and inspired its National Anthem.


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Manifest Destinies: America's Westward Expansion and the Road to the Civil War
Steven E. Woodworth

It was a decade in which the nation significantly enlarged its boundaries, taking Texas, New Mexico, California, and the Pacific Northwest; William Henry Harrison ran the first modern populist campaign, focusing on entertaining voters rather than on discussing issues; prospectors headed west to search for gold; Joseph Smith founded a new religion; railroads and telegraph lines connected the country’s disparate populations as never before.


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