The Blood of Heroes : The 13-Day Struggle for the Alamo - and the Sacrifice That Forged a Nation

The Blood of Heroes : The 13-Day Struggle for the Alamo - and the Sacrifice That Forged a Nation

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For almost two centuries, the last stand at the Alamo has been recognized as a defining moment in America's history. On February 23, 1836, a Mexican army thousands of soldiers strong attacked a makeshift garrison of about 200 Texas settlers-among them, Davy Crockett, James Bowie, and William Barret Travis-holed up in the abandoned mission on the outskirts of San Antonio. The Texans refused to surrender, and for almost two weeks, the immense force lay siege to the fort, bombarding its occupants with a constant barrage of artillery fire. Then, in the predawn hours of March 6, the Mexican troops unleashed a final devastating assault. What happened next would become legend.

In THE BLOOD OF HEROES, bestselling historian James Donovan, drawing upon fresh primary sources in American and Mexican archives, offers an authoritative and thrilling account of this epic battle. Beginning well before the siege, he tells the fascinating story of the settling of the Texas wilderness, the rise of the Mexican dictator Santa Anna, and the crucial roles played by pioneers such as Sam Houston and Stephen F. Austin amidst the growing storm of despotism and discontent that led them to fight valiantly for independence.

A stirring tale of courage, redemption, and glory in the American West, THE BLOOD OF HEROES is a masterful work of scholarship and storytelling.


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Details

Author(s)
James Donovan
Format
Paperback | 512 pages
Dimensions
142 x 211 x 37mm | 472g
Publication date
07 May 2013
Publisher
Little, Brown & Company
Imprint
BACK BAY BOOKS
Publication City/Country
New York, United States
Language
English
Edition Statement
Reprint
Illustrations note
2 maps, 8pp b/w photos on text stock
ISBN10
0316053732
ISBN13
9780316053730
Bestsellers rank
83,385