Three Roads to the Alamo: The Lives and Fortunes of David Crockett, James Bowie, and William Barret Travis

Three Roads to the Alamo: The Lives and Fortunes of David Crockett, James Bowie, and William Barret Travis

by William C. Davis
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Three Roads to the Alamo: The Lives and Fortunes of David Crockett, James Bowie, and William Barret Travis 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This meticulously-researched book reveals the actual lives of the three heroes of the Alamo. David Crockett, a failure at everything except hunting and self-promotion, who became a colorful character of the frontier in the Eastern press and a famous adventurer. James Bowie, a slave smuggler and land swindler, who was a fearless pursuer of his dreams and who typified the boldness and daring of the settlers of the Western frontier. And William B. Travis, an adulterer who abandoned his wife and children, but who was also a successful lawyer with the future of Texas at his feet. The roads of these three men converged at the Alamo, where they died as patriots, true Americans worthy of their iconic status. Their personal faults only make them more genuinely American in my eyes, and the author of this outstanding book deserves praise for demonstrating that heroism can spring from the most unlikely beginnings.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The title of this book had intrigued me for quite some time before I bought it. I wanted to know more about Jim Bowie and William Travis, and thought I knew a lot about Davy Crockett, but was concerned that the book might be a dry historical tome ( it's 587 pages long ). My concerns were foundless! This book was an excellent example of a truly complete biography of the life and times and truth of these legendary figures and the society they lived in (and influenced so much ). I came away from this book feeling as though I truly knew these men...and they were surely men and not the gods they have sometimes been made out to be. The author debunked a number of myths surrounding them and described the battle at The Alamo in a way quite different...and probably more accurate...than any of the other descriptions I've read. Though a longer and somewhat more challenging read, it's well worth it if you want a detailed description of the The American Wilderness and West and three of the icons who helped to shape that legendary time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Loads of information, slow going at first, but the book steadily proves more and more interesting. The book has an aplogetic tone while describing the early life of each individual, which I found helpful in trying to ascertain the overall feeling of the era. As Crocket, Travis and Bowie were never legends in my personal experience, there were no personal myths to destroy. However, for those clinging to romantic notions of these characters, the text will seem a bit jaded. Nonetheless, I finished the book with a distinct feeling of admiration for these Heroes of their day, and a certain sense of patriotism for their contributions. I did find the constant, sometimes excessive personal suppositions and commentary of the author to be tedious. The final chapter (less history and more author analysis) however, was rather exceptional.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I hope Mr. Davis looks at those reviews as I would like to take this opportunity to thank him & congratulate him for his magnificient work. I picked this book out of curiosity (I'm interested in US history but am no student in this field) and was rewarded with 3 engrossing stories about those men who ended together although they had led pretty different lives before. The book is crammed with fascinating detail, while never keeping the overall structure, chronology or sociology of the 1820-30s out of sight. The read is rather slow-paced, but I felt this was an asset rather than a problem as it really gives one time to immerse oneself with the characters. I should also mention that the prose in all in all elegant & pleasant, with some wry humor (especially in the notes). Not only very interesting, but a very moving book, which you leave only with regret. Small suggestion for a re-issue though : a complete chronology as an appendix would have come in useful, as sometimes it's a bit confusing to be sure what happened before / after as you move from chapter to chapter. I look forward to read other Davis works, which I have duly ordered.
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Great history and reseach. Wonderful storytelling!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
He proposes to write a biography of these three men, but most of his book is conjecture - 'he certainly did' this, 'he 'apparently' did that, 'he must have'......it gets boring after while!