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A Wicked War: Polk, Clay, Lincoln and the 1846 U.S. Invasion of Mexico | [Amy S. Greenberg]

A Wicked War: Polk, Clay, Lincoln and the 1846 U.S. Invasion of Mexico

A Wicked War presents the definitive history of the 1846 war between the United States and Mexico - a conflict that turned America into a continental power. Amy Greenberg describes the battles between American and Mexican armies, but also delineates the political battles between Democrats and Whigs - the former led by the ruthless Polk, the latter by the charismatic Henry Clay and a young representative from Illinois named Abraham Lincoln. Greenberg brilliantly recounts this key chapter in the creation of the United States authority and narrative flair.
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Publisher's Summary

A Wicked War presents the definitive history of the 1846 war between the United States and Mexico - a conflict that turned America into a continental power. Amy Greenberg describes the battles between American and Mexican armies, but also delineates the political battles between Democrats and Whigs - the former led by the ruthless Polk, the latter by the charismatic Henry Clay and a young representative from Illinois named Abraham Lincoln. Greenberg brilliantly recounts this key chapter in the creation of the United States with authority and narrative flair.

©2012 Amy Greenberg. (P)2012 HighBridge Company

What the Critics Say

“Greenberg’s probing account of this war reveals its drama - and its very modern complexity.”(Publishers Weekly)

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    Tad Davis Philadelphia, PA USA 12-08-12
    Tad Davis Philadelphia, PA USA 12-08-12 Member Since 2005
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    "The politics of the Mexican war"

    Greenberg has written a lively political history of the Mexican war and the substantial but disorganized opposition to it. Key players include Henry Clay, James K. Polk, Nicholas Trist, and Abraham Lincoln: all deftly characterized with a few well-chosen anecdotes. The military history is covered in broad strokes - for more detail on that, a better choice would be Martin Dugard's Training Ground. But if you want a clear and vivid picture of the machinations that led to the war and to its ultimate conclusion, this is the book for you.

    There are obvious parallels with more recent wars, some of them opposed by many in the US, but Greenberg doesn't hit us over the head with that. Apart from a few somewhat anachronistic references to "embedded journalists," she leaves us to our own conclusions. This is political history, not politicized history.

    Caroline Shaffer's narration is equally lively. At first it seemed discordantly "peppy" to me, but as I got used to her style of delivery, I realized her unflagging energy was keeping me drawn to the story. All in all, I really enjoyed it.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Brian SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 11-19-12
    Brian SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 11-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    If you could sum up A Wicked War in three words, what would they be?

    Enlightening historical drama


    What did you like best about this story?

    Unique perspectives from well known figures in our country's history


    Any additional comments?

    The only thing I was not a huge fan of was how the narrator spoke with a "mexican" accent when quoting mexicans. It seemed to imbue character to a quotation that may have been taken out of context.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce Chino Hills, CA, United States 02-27-13
    Bruce Chino Hills, CA, United States 02-27-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Story! Distracting Narration"
    Where does A Wicked War rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Great book about undiscussed history of the Mexican-American War. Unfortunately the narrator distracts from the story. She over-acts and attempts to speak with voices and accents that seem tortured.


    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    PeacefulSeeker Santa Barbara, CA United States 05-06-13
    PeacefulSeeker Santa Barbara, CA United States 05-06-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Tour de force."

    This a special combination of amazing historical narrative with the perfect choice of narrator.

    Once again I am outraged at my public miseducation as a child. We lionized a few presidents. I was an adult before I truly discovered Andrew Jackson. I never really bothered with the uninteresting Polk and after Greenberg's work it's clear why. His record hardly supports the jingoism of the fairly tales of childhood pedagogy.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Neil Salinas, Ca, United States 10-05-13
    Neil Salinas, Ca, United States 10-05-13 Member Since 2001

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    "Interesting history, terrible performance"
    Would you try another book from Amy S. Greenberg and/or Caroline Shaffer?

    nothing narrated by Caroline Shaffer her style is terrible


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Really did not have a favorite character. Santana was a poor leader.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    voice, tone, theatrical attempts poor. The narration detracted from the enjoyment so much that I quit before the end and read the book.


    Did A Wicked War inspire you to do anything?

    read the book rather than listen to that woman


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    William Los Angeles, CA, United States 08-23-13
    William Los Angeles, CA, United States 08-23-13 Member Since 2008

    On level 5 of Robot Hell

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    "Pulling back the curtain on American History"
    If you could sum up A Wicked War in three words, what would they be?

    Greed, Lies, Racism.


    Which character – as performed by Caroline Shaffer – was your favorite?

    I do not thing there was a particular character that stood out. Rather she handled a range of different people and accents fairly well. At the beginning I was not sure I liked her handling of accents but as time wore on they seemed to come into their own and were quite enjoyable.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No it is far too long for one sitting.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn Tucson, AZ 11-11-13
    Kathryn Tucson, AZ 11-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved the book. Loved the narrator."
    Where does A Wicked War rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Pretty up there. I will listen to it again.


    What other book might you compare A Wicked War to and why?

    This book is a refreshing and lively take on a period of our history that is largely ignored. I recently read Howard Zinn's "A People's History" and am enjoying these new perspectives. After all, there is some science and some "art" in the interpretation of history. As a woman, I've felt left out of a lot of it throughout my life.


    Which character – as performed by Caroline Shaffer – was your favorite?

    I loved this narrator!!! There was a nasty review I read here from someone who called her "that woman" and I question such a personal reaction. She has a very feminine voice and perhaps that is threatening to some people? She keeps the narration lively and fun and I appreciate that. And whether you like the choice of her voice, she certainly reads intelligently and with clear thought groupings. There's no reason to "hate."


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. This book is dense and requires breaks.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll be looking for more from Ms. Greenberg (wish I could be in a class of hers) and Ms. Shaffer.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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