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!DOWNLOAD E-PUB ♷ The Mexican War (The Chicago History of American Civilization) ⚖ The Mexican War has long been overshadowed in the public imagination by that most popular of all American wars, the Civil War And it has been swept under the carpet of national conscience as, at worst, a calculated land grab from a neighbor too weak to defend itself Otis Singletary s concise, dramatic account of the war that won the Southwest and California for the United States is designed to evoke in modern readers a fresh appreciation of one of the most colorful but neglected episodes in American military affairs and certainly one of the most significant Victory in this military exercise turned our attention to the Far West, made possible the Gold Rush of 49, and brought vast new territories and new peoples into the Union altering the face of the nation and greatly influencing its future course Mr Singletary treats the military, political, economic, and diplomatic aspects of the war He focuses on the ways in which the Mexican War exemplified the dynamic spirit of Manifest Destiny and was a microcosm of peculiarly American and peculiarly democratic problems of waging war All in all, this is the best short account of the Mexican War yet written T Harry Williams, The Journal of Modern History
VERY clear and concise The book packs a ton of info into a very slim volume, and if you need to cram on the facts of the U.S War with Mexico, this is the way to do it The only downfall is that, in the interests of being super concise, the author overlooks tiny little details that serve to bring great depth to the events in the U.S War with Mexico For those little details that get you hooked on the information and let you feel a common bond with the past, read John S.D Eisenhower s So Far From God The U.S War with Mexico This book though, is worth reading first, it s a good little volume. Not a bad book about the US s first war of aggression. As a Mexican national, it was surprising to come across such an unbiased description of the major events that took place before, during and right after the Mexican American War Just like in the United Stated, albeit for our very own national reasons, this is a war overshadowed by the events that would come soon after the war was over The ReformationWar an all out struggle that would pit a Republican democratic ideology for Mexico against a resistance to most changes, especially those affecting the priviliges of the upper classes And a couple of years later, an invasion by French forces Thus, the history of the events between 1846 and 1848 had been described in a sketchy manner that would pose many questions than answers Some 30 years ago, I noticed that my father seemed to be fascinated by a relatively small book, as as the curious man he was, he looked as though he was having the time of his life As he was done reading the book, he turned to me, as the history buff he knew I was, and just said Here Read it You ll love it And the man was right At last, for the first time in my life, the war that ended up in the occupation of Mexico by the U.S Army made sense to me I found explanation for so many things a XX century person would easily overlook since the events took place in the XIX century, and the author would point out the differences between the past and present without losing track of his main goal of describing the events of the war, supported by information about the politics and economics of both countries at the time Also, and for the first time, learned about the greatest battle that took place in Monterrey, my hometown, in 1846 Folks in town marked half a dozen sites in town with bronze plaques that did little to describe the human drama that overran my city in the terrible days of the battle When authors manage to produce works of this kind, I, as a reader, feel obliged to thank them for their great kindness in sharing the knowledge they have gathered and digested for the sake of people like us So, Mr Singletary, thank you very much for writing this wonderful book A decent summary of the Mexican War Really dated, however. Because I live in Arizona, I became curious about the state s history I was aware of the Mexican War, but had no detailed knowledge I tried to pick the best book for an overall but concise view of this period I believe that Singletary s book presented this The author is strong with events, dates, and names. Nice introduction to the Mexican War from a military and political point of view. A good quick book It is accessible to all levels of knowledge of the war. I have stumbled upon a little gem in connection with my search for a couple of books on President Polk because of my interest in the history of Mexico, particularly as it relates to Mexico s neighbor to the north The little gem is The Mexican War by Otis A Singletary from the University of Chicago Press This highly rated book has been in print continuously since its first publication in 1960, which always means something to me.I am going to limit my comments on the book as much as possible to its bearing on the subject at hand, President Polk Still, I will later briefly mention other aspects of the book because I would frankly like to sell it to you.Perhaps its great advantage for anyone not a student of this era is its brevity, 162 pages You can easily read it in a couple of sittings, not only because of its lack of heft but because the prose is lucid and written in a voice with which one is immediately comfortable It is quite apparently a balanced account, also, by the way.The four leading characters in this drama were President Polk, General Zachary Taylor, General Winfield Scott, and sometime el presidente, sometime diplomat, sometime dictator, sometime general, and sometime cockfighting aficionado, Santa Anna, an incredible character who is beyond the scope of this review.The last 61 pages of the book are divided into three parts Politicians and Generals The Hidden War and The Diplomacy of War It is here that one finds insight into President Polk and the enormously important feature of his presidency known either as The Mexican War or The U.S Invasion, depending on one s point of view.Consider this one particular conundrum that President Polk faced of which I was not previously aware President Polk was a Jacksonian Democrat down to his bones and a slave owner himself His two main generals were anti slavery Whigs with political aspirations, one later elected President and the other, Winfield Scott, later nominated as candidate for President and defeated by Franklin Pierce in 1852 Polk simply did not have Democratic generals available who were up to the task He did search high and low and even considered for a time making his pal, Senator Thomas Hart Benton of Missouri, the architect of Manifest Destiny, a general.Superimposed on this situation was the new efficiency of the press in reporting the action This war marked the first occasion when press reports from the front at times reached the American public faster than official reports reached Washington These reports soon made Taylor and Scott heroes up north The situation in the words of Professor Singletary a Democratic President was faced with the awesome task of having to win a war with two Whig generals without in the process allowing either of them to acquire sufficient luster to bring about the defeat of the President s own party in the next election.Page 127.Now, when one adds to that the fact that Taylor and Scott came to hate each other, the result makes the recent brouhaha regarding General McChrystal appear a tempest in a teapot It is comic opera presented with a straight face that alone is well worth the price of admission of fifteen bucks and change or two hundred pesos, mas o menos The first 101 pages of the book are a very competently done military history of the war, the only inadequacy of which is the maps But then the maps are always inadequate, aren t they, whether you are reading a military history or you are on the ground with a rucksack on your back Civil War buffs who harbor only an image of Winfield Scott as a doddering old fool would be well served to read this account of his brilliance in his heyday in managing the amphibious assault on Veracruz and the assault on Mexico City itself Nonetheless, because of the political complications and other factors discussed in the sections entitled The Hidden War and The Diplomacy of War, it was a mess Young George G Meade had this to say Well may we be grateful that we are at war with Mexico Were it any other power, our gross follies would have been punished severely.Page 147.I feel constrained to add that this was no insult to Mexico Mexico faced nearly intractable difficulties integrating itself into a nation in its first fifty years as a result of disadvantages that came to it along with the rest of its Spanish heritage, difficulties of a sort that the United States never faced These difficulties severely compromised its ability to conduct war The patriotism and courage of its people, however, were current at the time in spades.At the outset the two countries did have one problem in common for very different reasons, land pressure It is fair to say that as a result of this war, the United States solved its problem of land pressure, with the one exception of the issue of slavery, by securing Texas to the Rio Grande and acquiring the New Mexico territory and California Land pressure in Mexico, on the other hand, was exacerbated by its loss of than one half of its land mass The consequences of that have lasted into our time.