Duel of Eagles: The Mexican and U.S. Fight for the Alamo

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Duel of Eagles give us the true story, as dramatic as any legend, of the people and events on both sides of the border that led to the battle for the Alamo and the war for Texas. For the Americans, Texas offered free land and a chance to wipe out the failures and criminal acts of their pasts. To the Mexicans, Texas was golden, and it was theirs.

But the men in charge on both sides had motives of their own: flamboyant Sam Houston, would-be emperor, flagrant alcoholic and opium ...

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Overview

Duel of Eagles give us the true story, as dramatic as any legend, of the people and events on both sides of the border that led to the battle for the Alamo and the war for Texas. For the Americans, Texas offered free land and a chance to wipe out the failures and criminal acts of their pasts. To the Mexicans, Texas was golden, and it was theirs.

But the men in charge on both sides had motives of their own: flamboyant Sam Houston, would-be emperor, flagrant alcoholic and opium addict; James Bowie, who wanted Texas for his slave trade; David Crockett, imprisoned by his own ridiculous fables. And Mexican General Santa Anna, master of destruction and terror, who thought he was God.

Here is the brilliantly depicted story of driven leaders and starving, untrained men, of forced marches, carnage, and the final futile 1836 siege - lost by both sides.

The myths began before the first wall crumbled of that fortress ennobled by the rallying call "Remember the Alamo." Duel of Eagles gives us the true story, as dramatic as any legend, of the people and events on both sides of the border that led to the battle for Texas. 28 photographs; 3 maps.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780641034480
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/27/1991
  • Pages: 432

Meet the Author

Jeffrey Long, M.D., is a radiation oncologist in Houma, Louisiana, and has appeared on NBC's Today Show, ABC's World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, FOX's The O'Reilly Factor, and The Learning Channel. Long has also served on the board of directors of the International Association for Near-Death Studies and established the nonprofit Near Death Experience Research Foundation and the NDERF website.

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