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Sam Houston and the Alamo Avengers: The Texas Victory That Changed… (edition 2019)

by Brian Kilmeade (Author)

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"In his now trademark fashion, Brian Kilmeade explores hidden aspects of Sam Houston, the first president of Texas, and brings the reader to the scenes of one of the most pivotal moments in American history. Thanks to Kilmeade's storytelling, a new generation of readers will remember the Alamo"--
Title:Sam Houston and the Alamo Avengers: The Texas Victory That Changed American History
Authors:Brian Kilmeade (Author)
Info:Sentinel (2019), Edition: Illustrated, 288 pages
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Sam Houston and the Alamo Avengers: The Texas Victory That Changed American History by Brian Kilmeade


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  1stFriday-McKinney | Jun 4, 2021 |
One never wastes time when one learns new things. There are elements in this book that were news to me. Perhaps the greatest is that the whole of it covered such a short period of time. Of lesser note is the fact that the Texians took the Alamo from the Mexicans just a few months before the Mexicans took it back. That's the beauty of studying history: although the events are in the past, what history can teach us is dynamic. ( )
  DeaconBernie | Sep 4, 2020 |
Author reads his own books--his excitement shows. Book is a pretty good discussion of Houston's life....it was a LOT more than just San Jacinto. The book easy to read and follow the characters. Gen...Santa Ana was also a major character--can't tell Texas history without him. Like Houston, his life goes up and it goes down. A cool read for those interested in Texas history and a small biography of those who participated in it's early days. The book cover looks like Parnell Roberts sat for the image....I was looking for others on California's Ponderosa set. ( )
  buffalogr | Apr 28, 2020 |
In March 1836, the Mexican army led by General Santa Anna massacred more than two hundred Texians who had been trapped in the Alamo. After thirteen days of fighting, American legends Jim Bowie and Davey Crockett died there, along with other Americans who had moved to Texas looking for a fresh start. It was a crushing blow to Texas’s fight for freedom.

But the story doesn’t end there. The defeat galvanized the Texian settlers, and under General Sam Houston’s leadership they rallied. Six weeks after the Alamo, Houston and his band of settlers defeated Santa Anna’s army in a shocking victory, winning the independence for which so many had died.

Sam Houston and the Alamo Avengers recaptures this pivotal war that changed America forever, and sheds light on the tightrope all war heroes walk between courage and calculation. Thanks to Kilmeade’s storytelling, a new generation of readers will remember the Alamo—and recognize the lesser known heroes who snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. ( )
  Gmomaj | Feb 19, 2020 |
Sam Houston is one of the most fascinating figures in American history primarily because so few men have had as many highs and lows in one lifetime as Houston managed to squeeze into his. So unhappy with his home life that he ran away at age sixteen to live with one of the chiefs of the Cherokee nation, Houston by age twenty-two had become a protégé of Old Hickory himself, General Andrew Jackson. With Jackson’s support, Houston went on to represent Tennessee in Congress and followed up that success by becoming governor of the state. He was so popular, in fact, that some considered him destined to become president of the United States.

And then things went bad again.

In what became somewhat of a still unexplained scandal, Houston’s wife of just three months left him and returned to her father’s home. (There is still disagreement among historians about the reason for her abrupt departure from the marriage.) Turning to the bottle, Houston (The Raven, as he was known to the Indians) returned to his Cherokee family and tried to drown his sorrows even while representing the Cherokee nation in negotiations with the American government. But the man could not stay out of trouble for long. After an incident during which Houston severely beat a Congressman over the head with his hickory cane because of what he considered to be slanderous comments about him made by the Congressman, Houston became one of those “second-chancers” who went to Texas to start all over again (in Houston’s case it was more like a third or fourth chance, but who’s counting).

Houston did not go to Texas without connections, however. Officially or not, he became President Andrew Jackson’s “eyes and ears on the ground” when he got there. Texas, of course, was still part of Mexico at the time but, with the blessing of the Mexican government, American settlers were being welcomed into the region and the word was out in the East. Families wanting a fresh start would get exactly that in Texas. There was a mini-land-grab going on and all were welcome. Other famous second-chancers who came to Texas about the same time as Houston were Jim Bowie, David Crockett, William Barrett Travis, and James Fannin.

By the time that General Santa Anna and his army decided to crush the brewing settler revolution, Travis, Bowie, Crockett, Fannin, and Houston (among others) were positioned to play key roles in what would happen next. The only way that the Texians and Tejanos had any real chance of winning their fight for freedom from Mexico was General Santa Anna blowing the whole thing by becoming overconfident and lackadaisical in his approach to quelling the revolution. And many say that’s exactly what he did because the war ended at San Jacinto when the Texans caught the Mexican army so much by surprise that many of them were literally caught with their pants down. That surprise attack made possible one of the most one-sided battles/slaughters imaginable, leading to what author Brian Kilmeade describes this way:

“Sam Houston’s greatest day not only secured independence for what would be the Republic of Texas, but it also made possible the fulfillment of his and Jackson’s dream. Thanks to Houston, Texas could now one day become part of the great American story. And thanks to Texas, America could one day spread from sea to shining sea.”

Bottom Line: Brian Kilmeade’s Sam Houston & the Alamo Avengers: The Texas Victory That Changed American History, is an excellent overview of Texas history. But excluding notes, acknowledgements, and an index, the text is only 232 pages long, and readers would do well to use the “For Further Reading” section of the book as a guide to the best of the books that Kilmeade used in his own research. That said, do not underestimate the importance of a book like Sam Houston & the Alamo Avengers because books like this one and others help to ensure that future generations do not forget their history. Having lived most of my life in a city named after Sam Houston (a city in which most of the downtown streets are named after men who fought in the Texas revolution), I thought I knew their story pretty well. Turns out, there’s always more to learn – even in 232 pages. ( )
  SamSattler | Feb 11, 2020 |
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