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By John Bicknell

The yr 1844 observed a momentous presidential election, spiritual turmoil, westward growth, and various different interwoven occasions that profoundly affected the U.S. as a country. writer and journalist John Bicknell information those compelling occasions during this strange heritage publication. He explains how the election of James ok. Polk guaranteed the growth that introduced Texas, California, and Oregon into the union. This happened amidst anti-Mormon and anti-Catholic violence, the idea within the impending moment coming of Christ, the homicide of Joseph Smith, Charles Goodyear’s patenting of vulcanized rubber, the near-death of President John Tyler in a freak naval explosion, and masses extra. All of those parts illustrate the competing visions of the yank destiny and the way Polk’s victory cemented the imaginative and prescient of a continental kingdom.

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The mere and deceptive fact that military affairs encompass such sciences as engineering and ballistics does not alter the fact that, at their moment of execution, military plans depend above all on the relative ability of opposing commanders to manage themselves, their officers, and their men, as well as to anticipate the thoughts of their counterparts and the mood and condition of enemy troops—all of which has little to do with any set of quantifiable laws. Why, then, do we speak of “military science” at all?

Too late Britain learned the lessons that would save the rest of its empire. What if illness, both physical and mental, had not curtailed Pitt’s influence and ability to lead in the crucial years after the war’s end? Lexington and Concord did not have to be an inevitable confrontation. Individuals do matter—and more specifically, individual decisions. The presence (or the absence) of a single leading actor in history can make all the difference. “If the most publicly beloved political figure of his age,” Carr asks, “and the only man who could hold the power of the reactionaries, the 17 W H AT I F S ?

The presence (or the absence) of a single leading actor in history can make all the difference. “If the most publicly beloved political figure of his age,” Carr asks, “and the only man who could hold the power of the reactionaries, the 17 W H AT I F S ? ” CALEB CARR may be best known for his novels, The Alienist, Killing Time, and The Angel of Darkness. But he has also written three books of history, America Invulnerable (with James Chace), The Devil Soldier, and The Lessons of Terror. 18 t h a s b e c o m e c o m m o n p l ac e to refer to the contemporary United States as a “global hegemon”; what is less generally recognized is that America is the first nation in history that can truly lay claim to such a title.

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