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Posts: 38, User Profile Private Message. Has anyone read it? The reviews on Amazon rip it to shreds.


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I'm trying to decide if I should buy it or not. Joined: May 4, Posts: 9, Read Alamo Traces or some of the books mentioned in those scathing reviews. I recently read a book of letters written home to Germany by an immigrant in who was part of a colony that set up shop on the Rio Grande for a year. His comments on the Mexican government suggest that the "Anglo-celts" were more than justified in their revolt and that slavery had little or nothing to do with it. It was pushed by abolitionists and their precursors in New England who had no first hand knowledge of what was going on on the ground.

This guy is trying to cash in. Joined: Sep 20, Posts: 16, Yeowch, that first review is fun. Joined: Dec 1, Posts: 2, The reviews don't do this book any favors. I hate to see books like this published when they would be much more enlightening if they were just balanced approaches to the facts. Borrorel, mentioned in one of the reviews, suffers from the same problem in that he has translated a lot of primary Mexican Army sources, but then corrupts them with his anti-Anglo biases to the point where you cannot trust them for any fact.

I suppose he's just trying to take advantage of the antipathy many have towards Texas these days to sell books. Weaknesses: lots of them. He sets a new record for the use of the term "highly likely" and very probably is not far behind. He is guessing a lot of the time but at least admits it. Another: he has bought into the current rage for ethnic contest which has been huge for a while. In other words, forget about all the hispanics, Germans and non southerners.

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Strengths: he leans on early accounts by participants and draws some very sound conclusions imo. For example, I first started getting suspicious about Mexican casualty figures when reading Walter Lord's book forty odd years ago. They are all over the place. I hate to say anything unkind about TH Fehrenbach, because I love his writing style and his weekly columns but his casualty statistics are excessive. This guy does a good job of looking at the Mexican casualties and drawing conclusions. First, they were about killed and wounded. In other words, Santa Anna and Almonte were not lying.

Second, the casualties among the cavalry suggest strongly that there was considerable action outside the walls. This is where he is strongest.


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He is the first in my opinion to really use the cavalry commander's report seriously to argue that half or more of the rebels tried to fight their way to safety by fleeing the fort in the darkand in formation! The location of funeral pyres, the cavalry casualties and first hand reports support this conclusion.

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Several other writers I respect have suggested as much but he is the first one I know of to make it the centerpiece of his argument. He is also pretty good at teasing out suggestions that some of the troops were not as oriented towards Walter Scott as their commander, another idea that has been gnawing at me for a long time. Add to Registry. About This Item We aim to show you accurate product information.

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Contrary to movie and legend, we now know that the defenders of the Alamo in the war for Texan independence--including Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie and William B. Travis--did not die under brilliant sunlight, defending their positions against hordes of Mexican infantry.

Instead the Mexicans launched a predawn attack, surmounting the walls in darkness, forcing a wild melee inside the fort before many of its defenders had even awoken. In this book, Dr. Tucker, after deep research into recently discovered Mexican accounts and the forensic evidence, informs us that the traditional myth of the Alamo is even more off-base: most of the Alamo's defenders died in breakouts from the fort, cut down by Santa Anna's cavalry that had been pre-positioned to intercept the escapees.

To be clear, a number of the Alamo's defenders hung on inside the fort, fighting back every way they could. Captain Dickinson, with cannon atop the chapel in which his wife hid , fired repeatedly into the Mexican throng of enemy cavalry until he was finally cut down.

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The controversy on Crockett still remains, though the recently authenticated diary of the Mexican de la Pena offers evidence that he surrendered. The most startling aspect of this book is that most of the Texans, in two gallantly led groups, broke out of the fort after the enemy had broken in, and the primary fights took place on the plain outside. Still fighting desperately, the Texans' retreat was halted by cavalry, and afterward Mexican lancers plied their trade with bloodcurdling charges into the midst of the remaining resisters.

Notoriously, Santa Anna burned the bodies of the Texans who had dared stand against him.

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As this book proves in thorough detail, the funeral pyres were well outside the fort--that is, where the two separate groups of escapers fell on the plain, rather than in the Alamo itself. Louis University in The author or editor of more than 20 books on military history, several of which have won national and state awards for scholarship, he has worked as a U.

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