Polk: The Man Who Transformed the Presidency and America

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Walter Borneman

Narrated By: Alan Nebelthau

Publisher: Recorded Books

Date: April 2008

Duration: 13 hours 20 minutes


James K. Polk is considered one of the greatest American presidents. Yet until this prodigious biography by noted historian Walter R. Borneman, no complete account of Polk's life had ever been written. At last, through Borneman's lucid narrative, Polk emerges as the man who won a war, doubled America's size, and empowered the executive branch'in just a single term'against a contentious political backdrop.


  • William B.

    I generally prefer to listen to fiction as opposed to non-fiction as I find the visual reinforcement of reading text as important step in retaining and recalling factual information. That said, the narrative structure of this biography in the very capablle hands of its reader (Nebethau) has made this listening experience very enjoyable and helpful. The prose style is very accessible as it is clear and cogent. The scholarship and research if first-rate and the author’s 21st century sensibilities are not ignored in his dealings with the 19th century issues of slavery and Indian removals, but rather subtly relate those basic human rights issues to their 21st century correlates in a most effective way.

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