A fictional recounting of the historic battle of San Jacinto which pitted Sam Houston against Santa Anna.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly``The Raven'' is Sam Houston, insolent frontiersman, brash congressman, Tennessee governor, rural schoolmaster, lawyer, land speculator in the Mexican state of Tejas (later Texas). ``The Eagle'' is Antonio Lopez de Santa Annasp ok , 11 times president of Mexico, congenital opportunist, enemy of rebels, inordinately vain general, furious wooer of a Mexican emperor's 60-year-old spinster sister. The paths of these two adventurers crossed in 1836 on the banks of the San Jacinto River when Houston, leading a band of Texicans seeking revenge for the Alamo, massacred Santa Anna's men. The independent Republic of Texas was born (it joined the Union nine years later). Resembling nonfiction more than historical novelette, this interwoven double portrait, we learn from the author's introduction, was originally a chapter cut from his novel Texas . Michener makes history come alive in this engaging slice of Americana and Texas lore, a compelling testament to the precept that character is destiny. Line drawings. (Sept.)
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The Eagle and the Raven based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Michener describes the story of the fight for Texas and Sam Houston and Santa Anna's relationship in this struggle for freedom. It reads like a novel story but is based on actual events and history. It is a lively way to learn more about these two historical people and the 1836 Mexican War for Texas.