Sacrificed at the Alamo: Tragedy and Triumph in the Texas Revolution

Sacrificed at the Alamo: Tragedy and Triumph in the Texas Revolution

by Richard Bruce Winders
     
 

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The Battle of the Alamo is one of the most compelling stories from American history. Students of the battle often wonder why William B. Travis and his small garrison were left alone to meet their fate at the hands of General Santa Anna. Author Richard B. Winders, the historian and curator at the Alamo, examines events that led to this epic struggle and concludes… See more details below

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The Battle of the Alamo is one of the most compelling stories from American history. Students of the battle often wonder why William B. Travis and his small garrison were left alone to meet their fate at the hands of General Santa Anna. Author Richard B. Winders, the historian and curator at the Alamo, examines events that led to this epic struggle and concludes that in-fighting among the revolutionary leadership doomed the Alamo garrison.

The Texan victories of 1835 created discord among rebel leaders as various factions strove to direct the revolution to meet their own specific goals. That bickering resulted in an almost total breakdown of Texan military forces as individual commands were swept into the political battle. The democratic fervor of the 1830s worked against building a cohesive Texan Army and was largely responsible for the twin tragedies of the Alamo and Goliad.

Informative and provocative, Sacrificed at the Alamo will appeal to general readers as well as students of the classic battle and its important place in Texas history.

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Editorial Reviews

David Uhler
"excellent and unique perspective...Winders gets inside the heads of the attackers and defenders at the Alamo while providing a sweeping look at the origins of the military organization and tactics employed by both sides."
San Antonio Express-News
TimeOut for Entertainment
"required reading for anyone interested in that period."
Reese Vaughn
"the book provides a fascinating look back at the Alamo...[and] makes for a fascinating read."
Victoria Advocate
Journal of Military History
"The book will appeal to specialists...as well as to Alamo buffs, and should find a home in undergraduate classrooms"
"Informative and provocative."
Gun Week
"an excellent view . . . and well researched."
Texas Books in Review
". . . a solid primer on the story of the Alamo."
Southwestern Historical Quarterly
". . . deserves a prominent place in Alamo literature for its contribution to a better understanding of this fascinating episode in Texas history."
Glenn M. Bussett
"This is a remarkably well done book; excellent research and with conclusions accurately drawn....a cohesive military and political analysis...that this reviewer has never seen in most previous studies."
The Manhattan Mercury
Southwest Book Views
"a wonderfully succinct explanation of why two cultures and two views of government produced an inevitable clash."
Military Heritage
". . perceptive and well written."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781880510803
Publisher:
State House/McWhiney Foundation Press
Publication date:
03/15/2004
Series:
Military History of Texas Series, #3
Pages:
168
Sales rank:
733,498
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

What People are saying about this

Paul Lack
a fresh look at the battle for the Alamo in historical context...to allow us to understand who these men were, how they got there, why they fought as they did, indeed even why they fought at all.
author, The Texas Revolutionary Experience
Journal of Southern History
"Winders has written an excellent introduction [and] general readers seeking a concise view of the Alamo . . . will find this a good place to start."
Western Historical Quarterly
". . . enjoyable and thought-provoking book."
William C. Davis
a much-needed tonic for Alamo and Texas Revolution studies..
author, Three Roads to the Alamo
Stephen L. Hardin
a masterful overview. Winders brings solid training and scholarly acumen to a subject all too frequently abandoned to amateurs.
author, Texian Illiad
Robert Maberry
Winders places this dramatic and original rendering of the Alamo story firmly in the context of the principles of war and the customs of Jacksonian America-a sort of Clausewitz meets de Tocqueville on the Texas frontier.
author, Texas Flags

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