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Zachary Taylor, John S.D. Eisenhower

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Zachary Taylor
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Zachary Taylor
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John S.D. Eisenhower
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Zachary Taylor
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the twelfth
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eng
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Review
  • Eisenhower (So Far from God: The U.S. War with Mexico ), a military historian and retired army general, has a secure mastery of his subject and his era in this addition to the American Presidents series of nutshell biographies. Taylor's career, in Eisenhower's retelling, had two principal foci. First, he was a general in the American incursion into Mexico in 1846, and his campaign, crisply recounted here, was perceived as a success by the American populace, catapulting Taylor (1784–1850) to national prominence. Second, Eisenhower spotlights Taylor's equivocal relationship to slavery. A lifelong slave owner himself, he opposed abolishing slavery where it existed to preserve the Union. Yet Taylor claimed to oppose slavery on principle as well as its spread to California, New Mexico and other new states. Taylor lived only 16 uneventful months after his inauguration in March 1849, so Eisenhower's treatment of his presidency necessarily deals more with congressional debates on slavery than with Taylor himself. Eisenhower takes a nuanced view of the 12th president, finding Taylor gentle in civilian life, something of a disappointment as a soldier, but most fundamentally a man who aimed to preserve the Union. 1 map. (June) --Staff (Reviewed April 7, 2008) (Publishers Weekly, vol 255, issue 14, p53)
  • The latest installment in this "American Presidents" series is a pithy and readable history, providing a good introduction to the life of a forgotten president. Retired brigadier general Eisenhower (So Far from God ) provides a balanced yet lively view of "Old Rough & Ready," from Taylor's early life to his untimely death in office. While Eisenhower's book does not break any new ground—it draws heavily on Holman Hamilton's seminal two-volume biography—it does put Taylor in a more favorable and sympathetic light than K. Jack Bauer's Zachary Taylor: Soldier, Planter, Statesman of the Old Southwest . Generally considered a man of limited intellectual abilities and a stubborn, petulant, and naive politician, Taylor is here shown to be a thoughtful and more complex figure. For instance, although he was a slaveholder, he opposed the expansion of slavery. While Taylor will likely remain a mysterious and misunderstood figure, as limited scholarly work has been devoted to him and very few of his personal papers survived the Civil War, Eisenhower's account is a very good starting place for students and general readers. Recommended for public and academic libraries.—Lisa A. Ennis, Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham Lib., Lister Hill --Lisa A. Ennis (Reviewed May 1, 2008) (Library Journal, vol 133, issue 8, p74)
  • Old Rough and Ready gets proficient, if somewhat lackluster treatment in this latest volume of the American Presidents series.Though he was a slave-owning Kentucky planter, Taylor (1784–1850) was "first and foremost a soldier," writes Eisenhower (They Fought at Anzio, 2007, etc.). He worked his way through the ranks without a formal education, earning a reputation for being responsible and reliable in skirmishes during the War of 1812, the Black Hawk War and the Second Seminole War. The war with Mexico in 1846 brought him into the national spotlight as commander of the American forces aggressively driving back the enemy, most memorably at Palo Alto, Monterrey and Buena Vista. Returning a hero, Taylor was chosen over fellow general Winfield Scott as Whig candidate for president in 1848, running with Millard Fillmore. He became the 12th president at age 64. Outgoing President Polk's assessment was that Taylor was "a well-meaning old man [but] uneducated, exceedingly ignorant of public affairs, and I should judge of very ordinary capacity." He wasn't polished, but the new president wasn't a fool either. As debate raged about whether the new territories of California and New Mexico should be slave or free states, Taylor, opposed to the institution in principle, stood by the sovereignty of the states' citizens to decide. In foreign affairs, he will be remembered for signing the Clayton-Bulwer Treaty, which disallowed exclusive British or American dominion over Central America. He was also the first to call the president's wife "First Lady," in a eulogy for Dolly Madison, who died shortly after he was inaugurated in 1849. Taylor served only 16 months before dying of an untimely illness. Had he lived, Eisenhower notes, the Compromise of 1850 would probably not have become law, and Taylor would certainly have vetoed the Fugitive Slave Act: "What would have happened then must remain as one of those imponderable might-have-beens of history."Adequate sketch of Taylor's accomplishments without a great deal of flesh or heart. (Kirkus Reviews, April 1, 2008)
Biography type
individual biography
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260059
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DLC
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1922-2013
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Eisenhower, John S. D.
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  • 973.6/3092
  • B
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maps
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index present
LC call number
E422
LC item number
.E57 2008
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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True
Series statement
American presidents
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  • Taylor, Zachary
  • Presidents
  • Generals
  • Mexican War, 1846-1848
  • United States
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adult
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the 12th President, 1849-1850
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Zachary Taylor, John S.D. Eisenhower
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Includes bibliographical references (pages [155]-157) and index
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Contents
Early career -- Unsung hero -- "Old rough and ready" -- Fort Jesup to the Rio Grande -- War with Mexico! -- Monterrey -- Buena Vista -- The election of 1848 -- Inauguration and early days in the White House -- California and New Mexico -- Foreign affairs -- The great debate -- The death of the president
Control code
670169
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xviii, 167 pages
Isbn
9780805082371
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(hbk.)
Lccn
2007046073
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
Other physical details
maps
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  • (Sirsi) i9780805082371
  • (OCoLC)180989637
Label
Zachary Taylor, John S.D. Eisenhower
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [155]-157) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Early career -- Unsung hero -- "Old rough and ready" -- Fort Jesup to the Rio Grande -- War with Mexico! -- Monterrey -- Buena Vista -- The election of 1848 -- Inauguration and early days in the White House -- California and New Mexico -- Foreign affairs -- The great debate -- The death of the president
Control code
670169
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xviii, 167 pages
Isbn
9780805082371
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2007046073
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
maps
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780805082371
  • (OCoLC)180989637

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