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The Alamo


The Alamo
The Alamo is today a museum in San Antonio, Texas. It was originally built as a mission (for education and conversion to Christianity of the Native American population) by the Spanish Empire in the 18th century. It was later abandoned as a mission, and instead used as a fortress in the 19th century, and it is for the latter use that it is most famous.

The Alamo was the scene of several military actions, most notably the Battle of the Alamo in 1836 during the Texas Revolution (which led to Texas' independence from Mexico. In this battle, Texian forces were beseiged in the Alamo by the army of the Republic of Mexico. After a 13 day seige, the Alamo fell with the death of nearly all the Texian defenders (who included Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett).

Although the Texians lost the Battle of the Alamo, they were successful in delaying the Mexican advance. Just over one month later, the Mexican Army was defeated at the Battle of San Jacinto at La Porte by a Texian Army led by Sam Houston, who used the famous battle cry, "Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad!"


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

By James Donovan

James Donovan
Released: 2013-05-07
Paperback (528 pages)

The Blood of Heroes: The 13-Day Struggle for the Alamo--and the Sacrifice That Forged a Nation
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A sweeping, action-packed saga of the legendary last stand at the Alamo, by the author of the bestselling A Terrible Glory.

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.

What Was the Alamo?

By Meg Belviso

Meg Belviso
Released: 2013-10-03
Paperback (112 pages)

What Was the Alamo?
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"Remember the Alamo!" is still a rallying cry more than 175 years after the siege in Texas, where a small band of men held off about two thousand soldiers of the Mexican Army for twelve days. The Alamo was a crucial turning point in the Texas Revolution, and led to the creation of the Republic of Texas. With 80 black-and-white illustrations throughout and a sixteen-page black-and-white photo insert, young readers will relive this famous moment in Texas history.

The Gates of the Alamo

By Stephen Harrigan

Harrigan, Stephen
Released: 2001-03-01
Paperback (579 pages)

The Gates of the Alamo
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A huge, riveting, deeply imagined novel about the siege and fall of the Alamo in 1836--an event that formed the consciousness of Texas and that resonates through American history--The Gates of the Alamo follows the lives of three people whose fates become bound to the now-fabled Texas fort: Edmund McGowan, a proud and gifted naturalist whose life's work is threatened by the war against Mexico; the resourceful, widowed innkeeper Mary Mott; and her sixteen-year-old son, Terrell, whose first shattering experience with love leads him instead to war, and into the crucible of the Alamo. The story unfolds with vivid immediacy and describes the pivotal battle from the perspective of the Mexican attackers as well as the American defenders. Filled with dramatic scenes, and abounding in fictional and historical personalities--among them James Bowie, David Crockett, William Travis, and General Santa Anna--The Gates of the Alamo enfolds us in history and, through its remarkable and passionate storytelling, allows us to participate at last in an American legend.

Alamo All-Stars (Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales #6)

By Nathan Hale

Hale Nathan
Released: 2016-03-29
Hardcover (128 pages)

Alamo All-Stars (Nathan Hale s Hazardous Tales #6)
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From Nathan Hale, #1 New York Times bestselling author and Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List maker, comes the definitive graphic novel about the Alamo.
 
Hale relays the facts, politics, military actions, and prominent personalities that defined the Texas Revolution in factual yet humorous scenes that will capture the attention of reluctant readers and fans of history alike.
 
In the early 1800s, Texas was a wild and dangerous land fought over by the Mexican government, Native Americans, and settlers from the United States. Beginning with the expeditions of the so-called “Land Pirates,” through the doomed stand at the Alamo, and ending with the victory over Santa Anna at the Battle of San Jacinto, the entire Texas saga is on display. Leading the charge to settle this new frontier is Stephen F. Austin, with a cast of dangerous and colorful characters, including Jim Bowie, William Travis, David Crockett, and others.
 
Through his vivid depiction and additional maps, and biographies located in the back of the book, Nathan Hale brings new insight for students, teachers, and historians into one of the most iconic structures in the United States.

The Alamo and Beyond: A Collector's Journey

By Phil Collins

State House Press
Hardcover (416 pages)

The Alamo and Beyond: A Collector s Journey
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When Phil Collins was a kid growing up in a London suburb, he would often watch an amazing show on his family television.  There, in black and white, was Fess Parker as Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier.  As he matured, Collins not only acted out the exploits of his new hero, but he often refought the Battle of the Alamo with his toy soldiers.  Even though music came to dominate his life, it was this love of history--and Davy Crockett and the Alamo in particular--that was always near by. On one musical tour, Collins encountered his first David Crockett autograph--for sale at a store called the Gallery of History.  "I didn't know this stuff was out there, that you could own it," the rock-n-roll legend said.  "It had never occurred to him. Later, he received a birthday-present that would change his life:  a receipt for a saddle signed by an Alamo defender.  From that point forward, the drummer began building his impressive Alamo and Texas Revolution collection.
 
Here, for the first time in history, are the artifacts, relics, and documents that compose the Phil Collins collection, available in a beautifully designed color book shot-through with stunning photography and crisply rendered illustrations. Collins’s prose takes the reader through the joys of being a collector as he lovingly describes what each piece in this impressive assemblage means to him. Photographer Ben Powell of Austin brought these items to vivid relief, and artist Gary Zaboly’s masterful pen-and-ink drawings breath life into the items. Essays by Texas historians Bruce Winders, Don Frazier, and Stephen Hardin provide the historical background to the collection and help make this into a work of art that also serves handily as a serious research tool.

The link below takes you to a crowd source funding site for Ben Powell's short documentary, Phil Collins and the Wild Frontier. It captures Phil Collins during the week-long book tour in June 2012. 
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/722972912/phil-collins-and-the-wild-frontier

The Alamo (I, Q)

By Roland Smith

Sleeping Bear Press
Released: 2013-07-01
Paperback (288 pages)

The Alamo (I, Q)
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Fresh off a "too close" encounter with the terrorist group, the Ghost Cell, in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Q and Angela head to San Antonio, Texas. As their parents' band, Match, prepares for a concert at the Alamo, the two discover that the Ghost Cell has its tentacles everywhere, including the Lone Star State. With each passing hour, Q and Angela uncover more clues and discover more leads. And the mysterious Boone and his SOS group leave them with more questions than answers, for there is much more to Boone than meets the eye. With time running out to stop another Ghost Cell attack, Angela and Q and the others begin to wonder. Are they following the Ghost Cell or is the Ghost Cell following them?


 
 
 

 
 
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