The Alamo

The Alamo

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by Frank Thompson
     
 

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Millions of people each year visit the 4.2-acre complex known worldwide as “The Alamo.” According to Richard Bruce Winders, Historian and Curator at the Alamo, they come to see the old mission in San Antonio, Texas, where a small band of Texan revolutionaries and other heroes fought to the death, holding out for thirteen days against the Mexican army

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Millions of people each year visit the 4.2-acre complex known worldwide as “The Alamo.” According to Richard Bruce Winders, Historian and Curator at the Alamo, they come to see the old mission in San Antonio, Texas, where a small band of Texan revolutionaries and other heroes fought to the death, holding out for thirteen days against the Mexican army of General Antonio López de Santa Anna. Although the Alamo fell in the early morning hours of March 6, 1836, the death of the Alamo defenders has come to symbolize courage and sacrifice for the cause of liberty. The memories of Jim Bowie, Davy Crockett, and William B. Travis are as powerful today as when the Texan Army under Sam Houston shouted “Remember the Alamo!” less than two months later when it routed Santa Anna at the Battle of San Jacinto.

This book is more than a fabulous tribute to those heroic few who fell defending the mission, ultimately buying time for Houston to consolidate his forces. It is a thoroughly researched, vividly illustrated, objective description of the circumstances building up to and leading from that vital stand. Author Frank Thompson describes the political and military organization of both sides in the conflict, the weapons and equipment available to them, and the enduringly famous personalities involved. He reveals contemporary writings and reported views of those whose help was repeatedly begged for, and also of those who wanted desperately to help but arrived too late to relieve the Alamo.

Narrating the dramatic battle in fascinating detail, Thompson builds an accurate picture of one of the greatest periods in American history. He also explores how the Alamo has been viewed by historians and by those in the entertainment industry, searching diligently for the truth and highlighting bias and mythology. Complementing the narrative are more than one hundred superb illustrations, many in full color, including maps, contemporary paintings, and specially commissioned color photographs of artifacts.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781574411942
Publisher:
University of North Texas Press
Publication date:
02/15/2005
Series:
Frances B. Vick Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 11.60(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author


Frank Thompson is an author, filmmaker, and film historian with a lifelong interest in the Alamo. Among his twenty books are The Alamo: A Cultural History, Alamo Movies, and The Alamo: The Illustrated Story of the Epic Film. He has also written numerous articles on the Alamo for publications ranging from Texas Monthly to The Philadelphia Inquirer. As an Alamo authority, Thompson has appeared in the History Channel’s television documentaries “The Alamo” and “History vs. Hollywood: The Alamo,” and has produced five video releases on the Alamo. He lives in North Hollywood, California. For more information on this book and the author, please visit Frank Thompson's web site at www.frankthompson.tv.

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The Alamo 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the most comprehensive book on the 'Alamo' I have read to date. The graphics and photographs are exquisite, the research extensive. Bravo to the author for going beyond where other 'Alamo' historians have left off.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the part where Davy was fussing with Jim's guns and making sure that they both had enough powder in them for the battle.
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ryancoward36 More than 1 year ago
The title of my book is the alamo. It is historical fiction. the setting took place in Texas next to the mexican border. All together i loved this book it was very thrillfull and the vocabulary in it was excellent there were words in here inever heard before.I would defantley reccomend this book to many thriilseekers or history geeks like myself. The plot in this book was very intense. It kepy me on my toes the whole time. Everything about this book was great. The only thing i thought was alittle wrong wit it was sometimes it skipped around, also sometimes it was dull.But overall it was a great book and i enjoyed reading it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a stunning book. the author takes you to the alamo. and makes you feel everything that happen in the alamo.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I simply couldn't wait for the movie any longer, so I decided to read the novelization. Of course, not everything is in the movie, but it gives you a real sense of what the movie will be like. I couldn't be more pleased. At the risk of spoiling it, I can only say that if the movie is as good as the book, then I don't see why it wouldn't get Best Picture of 2004.