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The Blood of Heroes: The 13-Day Struggle for the Alamo--and the Sacrifice That Forged a Nation
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The Blood of Heroes: The 13-Day Struggle for the Alamo--and the Sacrifice That Forged a Nation

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by James Donovan
 

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On February 23, 1836, a large Mexican army led by dictator Santa Anna reached San Antonio and laid siege to about 175 Texas rebels holed up in the Alamo. The Texans refused to surrender for nearly two weeks until almost 2,000 Mexican troops unleashed a final assault. The defenders fought valiantly-for their lives and for a free and independent Texas-but in the end,

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The Blood of Heroes: The 13-Day Struggle for the Alamo--and the Sacrifice That Forged a Nation 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
ABookAWeekES More than 1 year ago
As a native of San Antonio, Texas, I have always been fascinated by the history of my hometown, and the surrounding areas. As a young child, I had the opportunity to visit the Alamo and the surrounding missions. I'm not sure about other states, but Texans are extremely proud of their history, so I have read and studied about the Battle of the Alamo in school and on my own for many years. Every once in a while, new details emerge, inspiring new versions of the story of the Battle that took place all those years ago. In The Blood of Heroes, author James Donovan presents a well-researched and gripping recollection of the events surrounding the Battle of the Alamo and the people who have become notable for it. Drawing on recently uncovered primary sources, Donavan introduces people at both ends of the war in the most life like portrayal I have ever encountered. Using both the spoken and written words of the men, Donovan provides a unique insight into the character of the men and their subsequent motivations for fighting, or not, in the war for Texas independence. Despite being a work of nonfiction, the story feels like a well-written novel, always describing interesting details while never sacrificing the pace of the action. I found the descriptions of the weaponry used to be a fascinating insight into the tools that were used during combat of the time period (1836). The 200 Texans, severely under-armed and extremely outnumbered (the Mexican army had thousands), fought valiantly for 13 days. All Texans are familiar with the tragic fate met by the 200 men, but the details brought to light in this book allow fresh insights into the familiar story. Donovan has crafted what is sure to become one of the definitive collections on the Battle of the Alamo.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Extra! Extra! Read the detail! Very detailed. Some very little known facts and lots of reexploration of things history buffs think they already know. It is a really good read but I never felt like it broke new ground. Maybe that is because it would be impossible to 'reinterview' the survivors from the perspective of time. As much as is possible, the reader is put in the time and events that led up to the epic battle. What is known of the men prior to the assualt is laid out as a means to understand what happens. Still you come away thinking that we may know all we will ever know about this event without thinking you learned a great deal more.
Leavenworth More than 1 year ago
I wanted to get more information on early this critical juncture of Texas history and go beyond film and legend. This gave a lot more perspective on some of the individuals involved, and separated fact from legend (as much as possible when most of the people involved didn't live to tell about it). While I enjoyed the book, I wasn't captivated by it. Sometimes it didn't flow well--as if the author had discovered a whole bunch of little facts he from different sources that didn't really fit anywhere, so he just inserted them. I also found the subtitle a bit inaccurate, since most of the book is devoted to before and after the "13 days". Still a good source for anyone interested in early Texas history.
glauver More than 1 year ago
Donovan’s account of Custer’s last stand seemed to have a fresh perspective. His account of the Alamo and the Texas Revolution does not. This book is well written and researched but I didn’t feel like I was learning anything revelatory about the events of 1836. Travis, Bowie, and Crockett don’t seem to become flesh and blood as they did in Three Roads To The Alamo by William C. Davis. For a good overview of the Texas-Mexico War read Texian Illiad by Stephen L. Hardin. I also recommend the classic A Time To Stand by Walter Lord. Try A Duel Of Eagles by Jeff Long for a somewhat skewed perspective to be taken with several grains of salt.
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The storytelling and details are extraordinary. I really enjoyed this book.
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This is a very good book for Alamo buffs very detailed it gives you a lot of the history of the main players on both sides and shows both the good and the bad side of their character. The confusion and chaos on the angleo side is well documented as varying political and military groups tried to come togother in the fight for indpendence. If you are intrested in the battle of the Alamo you will like this if anyone wants to make another movie about the Alamo this is the book to base it on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best book on the alamo i have read so far. A well written fact based page turner
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This new book on the fall of the Alamo is well written. Nothing really new but worth a look.
BDCowan More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book. As a resident of San Antonio it gives you the history of one of the most iconic symbols in Texas.