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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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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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    Brian Dallas, TX, USA 04-06-05
    Brian Dallas, TX, USA 04-06-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Texas: From Spanish colony to statehood"

    As a native Texan and student of Texas history I have to give H.W. Brands credit for producing such a comprehensive narrative of the people and events that led to Texas's fight for independence from Mexico and annexation into the United States. I have never seen a better explanation of the role Andrew Jackson and the U. S. government played in these events. I would recommend this book as a 'must read' for anyone with an interest in Texas History.

    My only complaint is with the reader. Texas place names are famous for their excentricities of pronunciation. Hearing the reader repeatedly mispronounce the names of places like Bastrop, Brazoria, and San Jacinto, as well as his frequent mistakes with Spanish words and names,is like fingernails on a chalkboard to anyone familiar with the common pronunciations.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Terry Selma, TX, United States 04-21-04
    Terry Selma, TX, United States 04-21-04 Member Since 2004
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    "A Pleasure for a History Buff"

    As a relatively new resident of Texas, I learned immediately that the people here take their state's history seriously. I consider myself a history buff and have dabbled in Texas History, but I must say that the most comprehensive book I have seen to date is this one. It is not simply filled with arcane facts, but the narrator brings the period to life. An enjoyable read.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Charlottesville, VA, USA 08-25-04
    Daniel Charlottesville, VA, USA 08-25-04
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    "More depth than expected, less breadth."

    I had expected a more wide ranging history of the state. Instead, I recieved an EXTREMELY detailed history of its devlopment around the Alamo fight time period. Good details on the players, and lots of material from the time period.

    But I was expecting it to cover a greater period of time. When I got to halfway through the second part of the download and was still hearing about the same people, I gave up. Just sooo much detail of the same period. Good, but not what I washoping for...

    So if you are looking for a well done coverage of the creation of the state, rather than a history of the state itself, then you will be happy.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Maple Grove, MN, USA 10-01-04
    Robert Maple Grove, MN, USA 10-01-04 Member Since 2002
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    "Brings History to Life"

    Often an extremely detailed book like this can be boring. Not so with this author and narrator! Fascinating and informative - H.W.Brands brings this period of Texas history to life.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey B Beaumont, TX, USA 04-22-04
    Jeffrey B Beaumont, TX, USA 04-22-04
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    "God and Texas!"

    Insightful veiws. Extremely well read. Author doesn't hide anything. Exposes character flaws as well as integrity in some of the most well known figures in American history. Some of the language could have been worded better but over all one of the best books I've read/heard. If only they would have had text books like this one I would have done better in Texas History class. Explains much on the Texas Revolution and the events spawning it. You don't have to be a Texan to enjoy this one!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Karl Miller Round Rock, TX 02-25-13
    Karl Miller Round Rock, TX 02-25-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Lone Star Nation is an American story"
    Would you listen to Lone Star Nation again? Why?

    Yes. As a new Texan resident who's raising children in the Lonestar State, this book gives me a thorough understanding of our new home's heritage.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lone Star Nation?

    I enjoyed getting to know the lives of the Texas "founders" before they came to Texas.


    What does Don Leslie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    As a daily 2-hour commuter, audio books make it possible for me to be a "reader" again. Carving out additional time would be nearly impossible with work and family obligations.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I looked forward to every drive so I could hear what happens next.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth CammerayAustralia 02-13-08
    Elizabeth CammerayAustralia 02-13-08
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    "Riveting"

    An absorbing history, sweeping in scope, thrilling in incident, uncommonly well written and superbly read. One of the best audiobooks I have encountered.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bern Jacksonville, AR, USA 03-05-04
    Bern Jacksonville, AR, USA 03-05-04 Member Since 2003
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    "ANOTHER Winner"

    H W Brands is fast becoming one of the best writers of history. He will not lose any fans with this book. Texas has always been a source of rich history and as usual Bill Brands tells the story with flair.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Philip Milwaukee, WI, USA 03-19-14
    Philip Milwaukee, WI, USA 03-19-14 Member Since 2002
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    "Texas: America's Crimea"
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    Fascinating history and extremely well written. But, in the end, when you think about it, we just took it. History has a way of repeating itself everywhere, and memories are short. So it goes.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine New Orleans, LA, United States 02-22-12
    Catherine New Orleans, LA, United States 02-22-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Texas is a whole world to discover"

    The history of Texas is unique. This book was a great place to start my study of the state in advance of a visit to Austin, TX.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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