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The Alamo

The Alamo, first published in 1948 is the classic account of the siege and fighting at the Alamo in San Antonio, as well as a comprehensive look at the history and events leading up to the battle. Included are 3 maps and a plan of the Alamo. John Myers Myers (1906-1988) was the author of 17 books ranging from history and historical fiction to fantasy.

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  1. Michael J Woznicki says

    An excellent tribute to real hearoes of American History!

  2. Librarian says

    Informative, classic, inspirational First published in 1948, John Myers Myers’ THE ALAMO is the first of three outstanding, older Alamo books; the other two are THIRTEEN DAYS TO GLORY, by Lon Tinkle (1958) and A TIME TO STAND, by Walter Lord (1961). These three foundational classics serve as prerequisite reading for all subsequent Alamo books for which they paved the way. Admittedly, more recent ones have the benefit of many years’ worth of additional research; they share new discoveries, revised interpretations, keen insights, and some challenging conjectures; and they provide newly translated and valuable (but sometimes questionable) accounts by enemy combatants and other Mexican eyewitnesses. Many of those new Alamo books are not only comprehensive but especially well-written, and there are many good ones. I particularly like THE ALAMO STORY by J.R. Edmondson, THE BLOOD OF HEROES by James Donovan, TEXIAN ILIAD by Stephen L. Hardin, BLOOD OF NOBLE MEN by Alan C. Huffines, EYEWITNESS TO THE ALAMO by Bill Groneman, and THE ALAMO REMEMBERED: TEJANO ACCOUNTS AND PERSPECTIVES by Timothy M. Matovina.As good as those more recent books are, newer is not always better, and some modern authors feel a need to promote a particular cultural agenda, provide an extreme level of socio-political correctness, or even demonstrate an in-your-face anti-Americanism that can make their Alamo books excessively polemical and iconoclastic; one such book is EXODUS FROM THE ALAMO by Phillip Thomas Tucker. Armed with what he apparently felt was new information he could use to cast aspersions on the valor of Alamo defenders, Tucker chose to impart his “revelation” within the milleau of a Santa Anna-praising, “racist warfare” (his term) diatribe pitting “Anglo-Celts” (his term) against Mexicans. (He conveniently overlooks the fact that many freedom-loving Mexicans fought alongside their Anglo compatriots in the Alamo).What Tucker “revealed,” though no secret to today’s knowledgeable Alamo buffs, WAS unknown to Myers: That on Day-13, the last morning of the siege, after the final Mexican assault successfully took place and all was hopelessly lost, some surviving Texians apparently executed a contingency plan of sorts in a desperate attempt to escape being slaughtered. Whether it was pre-planned and formally organized or spur-of-the-moment and spontaneous is debatable, but it resulted in a significent number of Texians fleeing to a swampy area just OUTSIDE the Alamo walls, there to be cut down by Mexican cavalry on the lookout for such breakouts. There were likely others, elsewhere, who did likewise. If Tucker meant this to somehow sour the Alamo mythos, his purpose failed. A last-ditch survival attempt when the battle was hopelessly lost and all was chaos in no way diminishes the heroic status of any Alamo defenders, either individually or corporately, and whether inside or outside the compound, they still died “at the Alamo.”As you read Myers’ or any other Alamo account, bear in mind, its defenders were not participants in a suicide pact; rather, they were brave citizen-soldiers who dutifully remained at their posts to fight until overwhelming circumstances realistically dictated otherwise. With the exception of appointed messengers and Louis Rose (presumably the one man who didn’t cross Travis’s line to stay), every defender who fought at the Alamo DID die there. Santa Anna had previously let it be known he would not be taking any prisoners. When, according to an account of dubious veracity, a handful of Texians — supposedly including Crockett — surrendered and were taken to him, he ordered them to be slain on the spot. (Myers clearly states this is a sheer fabrication, but even so, it truthfully reflects Santa Anna’s character. When the entire Texian force of some 400 men at Goliad surrendered to him, Santa Anna marched them all out to be shot en masse.) Essentially, only women and young children, an adult Mexican male who claimed he was being held prisoner, and one or two non-combatant black slaves were spared when the Alamo fell.Myers carefully considers all the information available to him in 1948 to provide one of the first, detailed, big-picture, Alamo accounts. Admittedly, the first few chapters of early Spanish and Mexican history, though necessary, can be taxing, as can be some of the intricate and tumultuous political maneuverings between the earliest Anglo colonists of Texas and the ruling governments. To some Alamo aficionados, this may be familiar enough to skim, but to others, perhaps encountering this information for the first time, it may be eye-opening (or sleep-inducing). That accomplished, however, Myers finally gets around to describing the Alamo compound and its defenders, men of diverse backgrounds from many U.S. states and various different countries. Some were already living legends (like Bowie and Crockett) but most were relatively obscure. Few of them…

  3. Joseph A. Aycock says

    A Tale Of Heroes When We Need Them Most

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