Empire of Bones: A Novel of Sam Houston and the Texas Revolution

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Epic hero, valiant general, intellectual fond of quoting Homer, self-styled Messiah, opium drinker, alcoholic, exotic dresser - Sam Houston was all of these. The pivotal event of his life was the Battle of San Jacinto, when fate handed him Santa Anna, the Scourge of the Alamo, along with the patrimony of the nation of Texas. Houston, who survived both scandals and war wounds that would have buried ordinary men, later went on to become Texas president, senator, and governor, but the memory of San Jacinto never ...
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Epic hero, valiant general, intellectual fond of quoting Homer, self-styled Messiah, opium drinker, alcoholic, exotic dresser - Sam Houston was all of these. The pivotal event of his life was the Battle of San Jacinto, when fate handed him Santa Anna, the Scourge of the Alamo, along with the patrimony of the nation of Texas. Houston, who survived both scandals and war wounds that would have buried ordinary men, later went on to become Texas president, senator, and governor, but the memory of San Jacinto never left him. In the popular imagination, the Battle of San Jacinto was a glorious victory in which heroic Americans freed Texas from the clutches of the despotic Mexican empire. The truth, however, is quite different - the so-called "miracle" of San Jacinto was a massacre. This rousing novel begins with the surrender and execution of David Crockett and the last survivors of the Alamo - an event that most Texans refuse to believe happened. It features a cast of larger-than-life characters from Texas history such as William Travis, David Crockett, Deaf Smith, Wylie Martin, Juan Seguin, and Pamela Mann. Empire of Bones re-creates the drama of the famous battle at San Jacinto: Houston's rag-tag, mutinous troops bent on vengeance for their comrades' horrific defeat at the Alamo, a surprise encounter with a wing of Santa Anna's army, and the savage slaughter of six hundred Mexicans at a cost of only a handful of Americans. Among the dead was a beautiful Mexican woman, and this shocking atrocity - as the Southern code regarded the murder of a woman - became Houston's moral Rubicon. Author Jeff Long, whose Duel of Eagles: The Mexican and U.S. Fight for the Alamo was called by James A. Michener "a remarkable contribution to Texas history," has done painstaking research to find the truth behind the Houston myth. Empire of Bones is based on actual depositions for a slander suit from some of the survivors of the Battle of San Jacinto, recorded twenty-five years later on
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Long , a trenchant critic of Texas mythologizing in such historical studies as Duel of Eagles, takes a fictional look at the origins of his home state in his third novel (after The Ascent) . Subtitled A Novel of Sam Houston and the Mexican Revolution , it opens on March 6, 1836, with the fall of the Alamo and the slaughter of Davy Crockett and other unarmed survivors at the order of Mexican commander Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna. Two hundred miles away, Sam Houston, major general of the Army of the Republic of Texas, leads a ragtag mob in flight from Santa Anna. When the would-be Americans turn at bay in San Jacinto, their savage victory demonstrates that war atrocities are rarely confined to one side or one culture. Less concerned with citing historical details than with establishing a psychological climate, Long portrays Houston, his captains and the San Jacinto rank and file not as the demigods of Texas legend but as flawed human beings who became heroes in spite of themselves. His gritty yet poetic retelling of the fight for Texas's independence from Mexico probes moral dilemmas as well as tactical maneuvers. ( Feb. )
Library Journal
A standard hagiography of Sam Houston would present a leader possessed of calm self-confidence, a general whose competence brought victory over enormous odds. This is not the Sam Houston we see in Long's revisionist novel of the Texas Revolution. Houston is all too human, an ordinary man swept along by events who doubts both himself and his control over the ragtag assemblage of reprobates that constituted the Texan armed forces of 1836. Far from glorious, the struggle for Texas resembles a Balkan war--a gory, gritty, and dehumanizing series of outrages, catastrophes, and blunders leading to a victory that surprised both Houston and his army. While it may be controversial in Texas, Long's novel will appeal to readers of Bernard Cornwell's ``Sharpe'' books and is recommended for historical fiction collections.-- Stanley Planton, Ohio Univ.-Chillicothe Lib.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556909092
  • Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
  • Publication date: 10/28/1993
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Unabridged

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