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Lone Star Nation | [H.W. Brands]

Lone Star Nation

Lone Star Nation is the gripping story of Texas' precarious journey to statehood, from its early colonization in the 1820s to the shocking massacres of Texas loyalists at the Alamo and Goliad by the Mexican army, from its rough-and-tumble years as a land overrun by the Comanches to its day of liberation as an upstart republic.
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Publisher's Summary

Lone Star Nation is the gripping story of Texas' precarious journey to statehood, from its early colonization in the 1820s to the shocking massacres of Texas loyalists at the Alamo and Goliad by the Mexican army, from its rough-and-tumble years as a land overrun by the Comanches to its day of liberation as an upstart republic.

H. W. Brands tells the turbulent story of Texas through the eyes of a colorful cast of characters who have become a permanent fixture in the American landscape: Stephen Austin, the state's reluctant founder; Sam Houston, the alcoholic former governor who came to lead the Texas army in its hour of crisis and glory; William Travis, James Bowie, and David Crockett, the unforgettable heroic defenders of the doomed Alamo; Santa Anna, the Mexican generalissimo and dictator whose ruthless tactics galvanized the colonists against him; and the white-haired President Andrew Jackson, whose expansionist aspirations loomed large in the background. Beyond these luminaries, Brands unearths the untold stories of the forgotten Texans, the slaves, women, unknown settlers, and children left out of traditional histories, who played crucial roles in Texas's birth.

By turns bloody and heroic, tragic and triumphant, this riveting history of one of our greatest states reads like the most compelling fiction, and further secures H. W. Brands' position as one of the premier American historians.

©2004 H.W. Brands; (P)2004 Books on Tape, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"It's hard to think that the story could be better told." (Publishers Weekly)
"Brands' impressive integrative account of the fabled Texas revolution of the 1830s relates key incidents and displays trenchant psychological insights, engraving both with the fundamental forces involved....[An] excellent, fair-minded chronicle." (Booklist)
"The author is so conversant with the intricacies of his subject that he assumes a degree of familiarity in the reader....Of the legendary characters who died there, Mr. Brands is notably clear-eyed." (The New York Times)

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    Michael Atlanta, GA, USA 07-02-04
    Michael Atlanta, GA, USA 07-02-04 Member Since 2015
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    "Lone Star Nation"

    Very informative and entertaining. Reader was more than adequate.

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    Steve 03-20-15
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    "Texas languages butchered"

    This is not an in-depth study of the Texas Revolution. It is more of a survey. From that perspective, however, it is an excellent survey. What I just couldn't get past was how badly the narrator absolutely butchered the place names. I am a native, whose family has been here over 150 years. I can let you slide in hen you mispronounce 'Bejar', I tolerated the mispronunciation of Tonkawa and Karankawa. Mispronouncing San Saba , was annoying, Butchering Anahuac was irritating, but when he insisted on calling Brazoria "Brazo-rhea", I could no longer listen.

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