The heart-stopping story of the fight for Texas by The New York Times bestselling author of George Washington's Secret Six and Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates.
In March 1836, the Mexican army led by General Santa Anna massacred about 200-250 Texans who had been trapped in a tiny adobe church in San Antonio for thirteen days. American legends Jim Bowie and Davey Crockett died there, along with other Americans who had moved to Texas looking for a fresh start.
The devastating loss galvanized the surviving Texans. Under General Sam Houston, a maverick with a rocky past, the tiny army of settlers rallied. Just one month after the massacre, the underdog Texans soundly defeated the "Napoleon of the West" (as Santa Anna styled himself) at the Battle of San Jacinto. They secured the independence of the land their friends had died for.
In his now trademark fashion, Brian Kilmeade explores hidden aspects of Sam Houston, the first president of Texas, and brings the reader to the scenes of one of the most pivotal moments in American history. Thanks to Kilmeade's storytelling, a new generation of readers will remember the Alamo.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Edition description:||Signed Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.30(d)|
About the Author
Brian Kilmeade is the coauthor of George Washington's Secret Six, Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates, and Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans, all New York Times bestsellers. Kilmeade cohosts Fox News Channel's morning show Fox & Friends and hosts the daily national radio show The Brian Kilmeade Show. He lives on Long Island. This is his sixth book.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Brian Kilmeade has authored several books about the heroes of American history. This one is just great. It's an easy read, laid out well with maps and diagrams of the battles, and well researched. Kilmeade had a wealth of material on which to draw. Other authors have told the Alamo story before. Kilmeade steps back and starts with the roots of the Texan desire for liberty and independence. The men and women who played a major part of this story are shown as people with human flaws, but with the desire and vision to do the right thing for Texas. He concludes with what happened soon after independence was won, and what happened to the principals of this fascinating part of American history. What is interesting about the history is that considering the odds, Texas should never have won their independence. Their army, such as it was, was mostly rag-tag and disorganized. In many ways, it was much like the American Colonists who fought for American independence. Houston is shown to be a complex person who sort of knows what must be done, but doesn't always come across as a strong leader. He has doubts. Some decisions seem to be left to chance. But in the end, he wins the day, and the hearts of the people of Texas. If you enjoy this book, I would encourage you to read Kilmeade's other books of American heroes.
I'm enjoying this read - pure history and captivating.
Well written. Not the first Alamo history book I have had occasion to read. Kilmeade captures a significant amout what some may the thinking processes that the characters go through in course of the book. It is an excellent method to keep a reader's interest focused on both the character and the storyline. I believe our history must continue to be written about so that it remains vibrant and relevant. Our country's history deserves to be showcased for the accomplishments we have achieved rather than some authors attempts to relegate it to the backshelf or even worse; to revise it to suit their own tastes. Kilmeade has written a masterful book capturing the real thoughts and history surrounding how Texas became part of the United States and then a State. His writing is excellent and I look forward to reading his other books and those he should likely write in the future.