Essay about The Mexican War by Otis A. Singletary

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This book by Otis A. Singletary deals with different aspects of the Mexican war. It is a compelling description and concise history of the first successful offensive war in United States military history. The work examines two countries that were unprepared for war. The political intrigues and quarrels in appointing the military commanders, as well as the military operations of the war, are presented and analyzed in detail. The author also analyzes the role that the Mexican War played in bringing on the U.S. Civil War. The Mexican-American War of the 1840s, precipitated by border disputes and the U.S. annexation of Texas, ended with the military occupation of Mexico City by General Winfield Scott. In the subsequent treaty, the United…show more content…
The book uses maps and pictures. Maps and pictures are really helpful in visualizing what is being described, and they allow having and idea of how it was during this war. The book is simple and easy to read. The author has a good use of English language. He uses specific words, therefore making his book highly readable. The book not only give facts that can be found in any history book that deals with this period of American history (1840’s), but it also makes the reader appreciate a war that has been undermined by another very popular war, the Civil war. It explains that the annexation of Texas was not the only reason for going into war; since there were other factors that motivated Americans anger towards Mexican military which set the stage for conflict. the annexation of Texas was merely the immediate cause of hostilities. This gives readers another perspective about the war. Furthermore, Singletary does a great job in describing how politic interest affected the war greatly. For example Taylor’s desire for politic advancement, and how president Polk try to Writer Joseph Chance stated the following: “Otis Singletary's The Mexican War is a concise and excellent overview of the war. Its greatest strength is the way it brings the personalities and personal conflicts to life. It provides great insight into the way politics intruded

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