Sunday, June 24, 2012

History Review: The Blood of Heroes: The 13-Day Struggle for the Alamo -- and the Sacrifice That Forged a Nation [Hardcover]

I've finished "The Blood of Heroes: The 13-Day Struggle for the Alamo - and the Sacrifice That Forged a Nation" by James Donovan.

Product Description

On February 23, 1836, a large Mexican army led by dictator Santa Anna reached San Antonio and laid siege to about 175 Texas rebels holed up in the Alamo. The Texans refused to surrender for nearly two weeks until almost 2,000 Mexican troops unleashed a final assault. The defenders fought valiantly - for their lives and for a free and independent Texas - but in the end, they were all slaughtered. Their ultimate sacrifice inspired the rallying cry "Remember the Alamo!" and eventual triumph.

Exhaustively researched, and drawing upon fresh primary sources in U.S. and Mexican archives, THE BLOOD OF HEROES is the definitive account of this epic battle. Populated by larger-than-life characters -- including Davy Crockett, James Bowie, William Barret Travis -- this is a stirring story of audacity, valor, and redemption.

About the Author

James Donovan is the author of the bestselling A Terrible Glory: Custer and the Little Bighorn-the Last Great Battle of the American West. He lives in Dallas, Texas.

Product Details
Hardcover: 512 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; First Edition edition (May 15, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0316053740
ISBN-13: 978-0316053747

My Review:

This book was well researched by the author James Donovan with a truly fascinating retelling of the events leading up to the fateful day at The Alamo.

I really enjoyed reading the chapters on all the major players involved including Davy Crockett, James Bowie, and William Barret Travis.  I also enjoyed the research he did on the death of Davy Crockett during the fight or after and where his body was found.  Also there is a end chapter devoted to the "famous line in the sand" by Colonel Travis and the one man who refused to cross the line Louis "Moses" Rose and his escape.


Thanks Hachette Book Group for sending me this book to review, greatly appreciated!

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